Jazz at The Oxford returns in August, putting on weekly gigs that feature many of the U.K’s finest jazz musicians, as well as our brightest young talent and acclaimed visiting international artists every Monday night, in the middle of Kentish Town.
We hugely look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful listening room upstairs at The Oxford Tavern, and in order to do so safely, we will be implementing the following changes to our system to make the club as covid-safe as we can:
- To begin with we will be operating at a reduced capacity, with 15 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.
- We ask that you sign in downstairs at the pub for the NHS Test and Trace using the NHS Covid app (or, manually if you do not have a smartphone).
- We ask that if you have/think you may have any Covid-19 symptoms, please do not attend the gig. If you cannot make a gig because you have been asked to self-isolate, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org)and we will provide a voucher for a subsequent gig where possible.
2ndAugust: Conor Chaplin/Will Barry:
For our first concert back, two of London’s busiest sidemen put together a spectacular one-off quartet.
Conor Chaplin’s highly melodic bass playing has been heard accompanying Harold Mabern, Kit Downes, Stan Sulzmann, Laura Jurd and Marius Neset amongst others, whilst award winning pianist Will Barry tours internationally with Jasper Hoiby’s “Fellow Creatures” group.
Playing a selection of hand-picked jazz standards, they are joined here by alto saxophonist Sam Braysher, recently praised for his “brilliant, serpentine solos” by Dave Gelly in The Observer, and drummer Andreu Pitarch, who hails from Barcelona via New York, where he graduated from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. He also recently won the prize for Best Instrumentalist at the Getxo International Jazz Festival.
Conor Chaplin – double bass
Will Barry – piano
Sam Braysher – alto saxophone
Andreu Pitarch – drums
9thAugust: Alex Ridout:
2016’s BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year, trumpeter Alex Ridout has fast established herself as one of London’s most exciting improvisers, making waves on the jazz scene since completing her studies at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music. Winner of the British Jazz Awards 2018 ‘Rising Star’ category, and noted in Jazzwise magazine as one to watch, we hugely look forward to welcoming Ridout to The Oxford for an evening of originals and lesser known selections from the great American songbook.
Alex Ridout – trumpet
Will Sach – double bass
Jason Brown – drums
” We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician, her sound, but I think most importantly there was a relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing” – Julian Joseph, Chair of the jury of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016.
16thAugust: Mark Kavuma
Born and partly raised in Uganda, Mark Kavuma is a prominent young Trumpet player on the British jazz scene. In addition to leading his own outstanding band ‘The Banger Factory’, Kavuma has featured as a guest soloist alongside Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln centre orchestra, as well as touring extensively with the legendary Malian singer-songwriter Salif Keita. Kavuma’s voice is anchored firmly in the African American hard-bop tradition whilst simultaneously being unflinchingly contemporary.
Check out ‘The Banger Factory’ here:
praise for ‘The Banger Factory’:
‘At a time when too many new and young bands strive too hard for effect, Kavuma’s Banger Factory stands out for its consummate control and mature restraint, producing here a strong statement that exudes style and panache. This band deserves all the praise that is currently coming its way.’ – Jazz Journal
praise for debut album ‘Kavuma’:
‘This is one of the best debuts I’ve heard in a long, long time. It’s full of joy, soul and swagger.’ – Downbeat
23rdAugust: Joe Webb
Virtuoso pianist Joe Webb is a leading force on the U.K jazz scene today. Hugely in demand as a sideman with the likes of Rob Luft and Adrian Cox, as well as being an integral member of the Kansas Smitty’s house band, tonight Webb showcases his own trio as they present a programme of music drawing inspiration from their great hero, the incomparable Art Tatum. Joined by a stellar rhythm section of Dave Archer (guitar) and Will Sach (double bass), this special concert from one of the U.K’s brightest stars is not to be missed.
Joe Webb – piano
Dave Archer – guitar
Will Sach – double bass
Check out the trio in action here:
‘he can swing and is melodic and he lets the ideas unfold without the arbitrary stuff’ Brad Mehldau
30thAugust: Karen Sharp
Saxophonist Karen Sharp has been a prominent figure on the UK Jazz scene since 2000, and is well known and admired for her melodic, full-toned playing. Winner of the British Jazz Awards for best tenor saxophonist on numerous occasions and appearing as a nominee in the rising star category of the Downbeat Critics Poll for baritone saxophone in 2018 and 2019, tonight Sharp is joined by world class guitarist Colin Oxley and double bassist Adam King to present selections from her latest trio recording ‘Another Place’.
Karen Sharp – saxophones
Colin Oxley – guitar
Adam King – double bass
“Sharp loves melody, whether composed or improvised, as reflected in her relaxed and natural phrasing”— Downbeat February 2019