Dear all – Thank you for your continued support of Jazz at The Oxford. We’ve had a fantastic October so far. There are still a few tickets left for Zoe Francis/Jim Mullen/Ross Stanley’s trio gig on Monday 25th October, which can be purchased here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/525985
otherwise here’s what’s coming up in a really special looking November.
1st November: Matt Skelton quartet :
Matt Skelton – drums
Alex Garnett – saxophones
Will Barry – piano
Jeremy Brown – double bass
Renowned as one of the U.K’s most respected drummers, Matt Skelton writes the following about his upcoming quartet project at The Oxford:
‘Matt Skelton is known amongst friends and students for his quite liking of Mel Lewis’ music and playing.
He has assembled a quartet of talented pals to celebrate the music of Thad Jones, Mel’s co leader, trumpeter, composer and arranger of yore.
Expect to hear examples of Thad’s genius translated from original jazz orchestra settings to quartet alongside compositions associated with the extraordinary legacy of Thad & Mel’s contribution to 20th century jazz and their sustaining, undiminished influence.
Featured in Skelton’s T.J.Q are Alex Garnett, on tenor and (hopefully) baritone saxophones. The lesser known musical family connection of cousins Jeremy Brown (double bass), and Will Barry, (piano) complete this swinging and joyous combo.’
8th November: Rachael Cohen trio
Rachael Cohen – alto saxophone
Joe Downard – double bass
Jason Brown – drums
Leading alto saxophonist Rachael Cohen makes a return to The Oxford tavern alongside a hard-swinging rhythm section of Jason Brown (drums) and Joe Downard (double bass)
Cohen’s skills both as an improviser and composer have gained her a widespread reputation as one of the U.K’s brightest stars and we greatly look forward to an evening of her original compositions alongside selections from the jazz cannon.
“Cohen takes a softly devious approach reminiscent of Lee Konitz – but, as with the canny Cool School veteran, the quietness is deceptive and the subtlety is in the weighting of phrases and the hipness with which she plays off the rhythm section.”
– John Fordham, The Guardian
check out Rachael here:
15th November: Ferg Ireland
Ferg Ireland is one of London’s most in demand musicians. A first-call bassist for some of the leading Jazz musicians in the UK (Soweto Kinch, Zhenya Strigalev, Jay Phelps, Ruby Rushton, Nathaniel Facey, Reuben James, Ashley Henry, Empirical) as well as for visiting US luminaries such as Johnny O’Neal (Art Blakey) and Leroy Jones. We greatly look forward to welcoming Ferg back to The Oxford as a bandleader.
‘An inexhaustible creative powerhouse’ – (Jazzwise magazine)
‘Impeccable and creative’ – (London Jazz News)
Ferg Ireland – double bass
Jason Brown – drums
Rest of band – T.B.C
22nd November: Riley Stone-Lonergan/Rick Simpson
Rick Simpson – piano
Riley Stone-Lonergan – tenor saxophone
Oli Hayhurst – double bass
Will Glaser – drums
Comprising four deeply creative and respected improvisers, Rick Simpson writes the following about the special co-operative ensemble that he is a part of:
‘Our quartet is a band of four friends who started having regular informal sessions over lockdown, becoming a rare creative high in grim times. Brought together by a shared love and joy for the art of improvisation and the jazz canon, the quartet freely improvise in and out of our own compositions, as well as interpreting tunes by Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry and Carla Bley amongst others’
praise for Rick Simpson:
‘a brilliant mix of focussed energy and wild imagination.’ – Jazzwise
praise for Riley Stone-Lonergan
‘Stone-Lonergan’s big, generous tone and unfailing response to the gravitational pull of melody invests even his most challenging explorations with an emotional directness that’s utterly compelling to experience.’ – Jazzwise
29th November: Will Cleasby
Will Cleasby – drums
Gareth Lockrane – flutes
Noah Stoneman – piano
Will Sach – double bass
Since arriving in London five years ago, Will Cleasby has quickly established himself as one of the scenes most exciting young talents. An integral member of a number of projects and bands including the Kansas Smittys House Band and Mark Kavuma and the Banger Factory, tonight Cleasby is joined by the extraordinary Gareth Lockrane (flutes), Noah Stoneman (piano) and Will Sach (double bass).
check out Cleasby, Sach and Stoneman playing in trio here: