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Dear all –
Here’s what’s coming up at The Oxford this February – PLENTY to be excited about, as always displaying some of the best of what the U.K jazz scene has to offer alongside world class visiting artists from New York/Europe every Monday night in the middle of Kentish Town.
3rd Feb Jo Harrop Quartet:
Jo Harrop – voice
Alex Hitchcock – tenor saxophone
Will Arnold-Forster – guitar
Joe Downard – double bass
A superbly talented singer inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Jo Harrop performs with a wonderfully clear, controlled and expressive voice. Featuring regularly at many of London’s top jazz clubs, Jo is joined at The Oxford by leading tenor saxophonist Alex Hitchcock as well as long-time collaborator Joe Downard (double bass) and Will Arnold-Forster (guitar) to perform choice selections from the great American songbook and jazz cannon.
‘this girl was born to sing jazz’ – blues and soul
‘a singing sensation… her voice is amazing… a class act’ BeBop Spoken Here
check out Jo in action here:
10th Feb Matt Home Quartet:
Matt Home – drums
Claus Raible – piano
Herwig Gradischnig – tenor sax
Giorgos Antoniou – double bass
Primarily known as a highly accomplished and tasteful sideman, having shared the bandstand alongside such jazz greats as Barry Harris and Gary Smulyan – we greatly look forward to welcoming hard-swinging drummer Matt Home back to The Oxford this time to lead his own quartet alongside world-class European collaborators Claus Raible, Herwig Gradischnig and Girogos Antoniou. Expect to hear the bands own arrangements of lesser known selections from the hard bop cannon.
17th Feb Nat Steele MJQ Quartet with Grant Stewart:
Nat Steele – vibraphone
Grant Stewart – tenor saxophone
Steve Brown – drums
Gabriel Latchin – piano
Dario Di’Lecce – double bass
Vibraphonist Nat Steele stops off at The Oxford as part of a UK-wide 17-date tour next month to pay homage to the classic 1956 album Sonny Rollins And The Modern Jazz Quartet, with NYC tenor-saxophone luminary Grant Stewart playing alongside Steele’s well established and extremely highly regarded MJQ quartet.
Stewart, a broad-toned player strongly influenced by both Rollins and Dexter Gordon, is regarded as one of the leading proponents of hard-bop tenor today, and has won countless awards for his playing as well receiving critical acclaim for his 16 albums released as a leader. He plays and tours regularly all over the States, Canada, Asia and Europe.
Nat’s recently released debut album Portrait Of The MJQ received powerful endorsements from the jazz and national press, including four stars in Jazz Journal, where Bruce Lindsay praised the band for “projecting good humour and enjoyment through every track”. The album also received five stars from BBC Music Magazine(“Jazz Choice” of the month), and four stars from the Observer and Jazzwise magazine.
We are MASSIVELY excited to have this project perform at The Oxford and urge you to arrive on the earlier side to ensure a good seat.
Check out Nat and Grant in action here:
24th Feb Matyas Gayer Trio:
Matyas Gayer – piano
Matyas Hofecker – double bass
Matt Home – drums
Hungarian pianist and rising star of jazz Matyas Gayer brings his hard swinging trio comprising Matt Home (drums) and Matyas Hofecker (double bass) to The Oxford on the 24th February to perform selections from his critically acclaimed debut album ’Never Ending Story’ amongst other arrangements and original compositions of his own.
‘Matyas Gayer is a member of the leaders of jazz’s future generation’ – David Hazeltine
check out Matyas in action here:
As always you can find every Monday in the upstairs function room of our favourite pub, The Oxford Tavern in Kentish Town. Doors open at 8pm, music from 8:30. £8/£5 musicians on the door.
Please do like our Instagram page (where you’ll find clips of previous performances): https://www.instagram.com/jazzattheoxford/
We look forward to seeing you in February and thank you for your support so far.
Jazz at The Oxford