September 2021:


Dear all, 

Thanks to those that came down to any of our August gigs, making our re-opening such a success. We’ve got an exceptional September programme lined up, and do hope that you will join us at The Oxford this coming month. Ticket links for all gigs can be found bellow. We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment!

• Throughout September we will be operating at a slightly reduced capacity, with 25 tickets available in advance (via our website), and 15 available on the door. We strongly recommend booking in advance to guarantee entry.

• We ask that you wear a mask when moving around the room, and use the hand sanitizer provided upon entry.

• There will be no standing at gigs, everyone who has a ticket will be allocated a seat. 

poster design: Osian Roberts

6thSeptember: Sara Dowling


Winner of the ‘Best Vocalist’ prize at 2019’s British Jazz Awards, and widely regarded as one of the country’s finest jazz singers, Sara Dowling is deeply inspired by the repertoire of the great American songbook. Approaching the act of singing with an extraordinary fearlessness and burning conviction, Dowling’s virtuosic technique and irresistible communicative power has drawn widespread critical acclaim. Featured frequently as a guest with the Ronnie Scott’s All Star Band, and a regular performer at London’s most prestigious jazz clubs, we are hugely excited to welcome Sara back to The Oxford. 

Sara Dowling – voice 

Dario di’Lecce – double bass

Steve Brown – drums 

TBC – piano 

 ‘Rarely does a jazz singer grace our scene with such breath-taking authenticity and natural flair. Dowling is this thing’- Ian Shaw

‘A remarkable one off voice’ – Jazz Views 

‘A vocal with Timeless quality’ – Jazz Journal 

check out Sara here: 

13thSeptember: Helena Kay


Tenor saxophonist Helena Kay leads a newly established all-star quartet, comprising some of the finest jazz musicians on the London scene.

Kay’s KIM Trio released their debut album Moon Palace (Ubuntu) in 2018 to critical acclaim, funded by the Peter Whittingham Award 2017 and featuring David Ingamells on drums and Ferg Ireland on double bass

Now expanded to a quartet, Kay will present a programme of original music written over the past few years, inspired by her time living in New York. 

Helena Kay – tenor saxophone 

Nick Costley-White – guitar 

Calum Gourlay – double bass 

David Ingamells – drums 

Moon Palace leaves the listener wanting more of Kay’s rich playing… it’s remarkably self-assured and forecasts an imaginative career to come.’ **** Ammar Kalia, Downbeat 

‘Kay and her trio confirmed both their understated group virtuosity and command of narrative drive.’ Mike Hobart, Financial Times

check out Helena here:

20thSeptember: Lewis Wright


Back by popular demand, award-winning virtuoso vibraphonist Lewis Wright(Empirical, Kit Downes) brings his trio to The Oxford for an evening of original compositions alongside arrangements from the jazz cannon and beyond. Considered to be one of the world’s finest exponents of his instrument, with his own unique sound and approach – we hugely look forward to a return visit from one of the U.K’s brightest stars.   

Lewis Wright – vibraphone 

Tom Farmer – double bass 

Jon Scott – drums 

 ‘Spellbindingly virtuosic… scene-stealing’ – Financial Times

‘One of the new stars on vibraphone, with a very individual style and concept, worthy of every jazz fan’s attention’ – Gary Burton 

check out Lewis here: 

27thSeptember: Fraser Smith/Fraser Urquhart 


Leading tenor Saxophonist Fraser Smith has dedicated years to the study of Jazz legend Dexter Gordon. In this special concert at The Oxford, his quintet featuring rising star of Scottish jazz pianist Fraser Urquhart, and guitarist Will Arnold-Forster, presents original compositions of Gordon’s, alongside standards from iconic Blue Note recordings such as ‘GO!’ and ‘Our Man In Paris’. 

Fraser Smith – tenor saxophone 

Fraser Urquhart – piano 

Will Arnold-Forster – guitar 

Simon Read – double bass 

Matt Home – drums 

Check out the Frasers here: