16th March Announcement:

Dear all,

In light of today’s announcement from the government, Jazz at The Oxford will be taking a pause for the foreseeable future and tonight’s gig is therefore sadly cancelled. Our sincere thanks to everybody who’s been down to The Oxford to check out any of the gigs so far and we look forward to getting going again when we can….

Poster Design: Osian Roberts

Dear all –     

I wanted to start this month’s newsletter by thanking you all for continuing to spend your Monday nights with us at The Oxford – It goes without saying, but these nights are made on the strength of the musicians who come to perform combined with the support of an enthusiastic and engaged audience. It’s been a great month, so thanks for coming out, and long may it continue. 

We’ve got a seriously fantastic March programme lined up, featuring many of the country’s finest jazz musicians alongside our brightest young stars – I urge you not to miss too many of these (oh and please tell your friends!) 

2nd March – Phelan Burgoyne Trio 

Zac Gvi – piano / clarinets 
Fred Thomas – double bass / piano 
Phelan Burgoyne – drums 

British born, Basel based drummer and composer Phelan Burgoyne (Jorge Rossy Emanuele Maniscalco, Kit Downes) is joined for a special mix of originals and pianist penned tunes – from Ellington to Masabumi Kikuchi by award winning multi instrumentalist Fred Thomas and Monk specialist Zac Gvi.

“It’s plain to see why Burgoyne’s reputation has reached its current momentum”– The Guardian 

9th March – James Copus Quartet

James Copus – trumpet 
Tom Cawley – piano/synth 
Conor Chaplin – double bass 
Marc Michel – drums

Award winning trumpeter James Copus has quickly established himself as one of London’s most exciting young jazz musicians, rising to prominence since completing his studies at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music. 

A generational talent, Copus is joined tonight by Tom Cawley, Conor Chaplin and Marc Michel who have collectively played alongside the likes of Peter Gabriel, Marius Neset, Larry Goldings and Jacob Collier – the quartet will perform Copus’ orginial compositions feautured on his highly anticipated upcoming debut album alongside choice selections from the jazz cannon. 

“One of the best flugel sounds I’ve ever heard”Kenny Wheeler

“Think of all the qualities that make a great trumpeter: a full brassy tone, dazzling runs and immaculate articulation, a range that sends the high notes soaring into the stratosphere, imagination and sensitivity … James has all these and more” The Jazzmann

16th March: Alec Harper Quartet 

Alec Harper – tenor saxophone 
Nick Costley-White – guitar 
Ferg Ireland – double bass 
Luca Caruso – drums 

Virtuoso tenor saxophonist Alec Harper’s return from New York, where he lived and worked as a jazz musician for 3 years, to his hometown of London has seen him immediately re-establish himself as one of our leading tenor players. Joined tonight by a stellar rhythm section comprising three of London’s most in-demand rhythm section players (Nick Costley-White, Ferg Ireland, Luca Caruso) we hugely look forward to welcoming Harper to The Oxford for an evening celebrating the great composers of jazz – featuring carefully selected compositions by the likes of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Sam Rivers amongst others. 

23rd March: AuB 

Alex Hitchcock – tenor saxophone 
Tom Barford – tenor saxophone 
Ferg Ireland – double bass 
James Maddren – drums 

A∪B is masterminded by saxophonists Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock, musicians who are making huge waves as part of the next generation of virtuosic instrumentalists intent on doing things their way. Together with bassist Ferg Ireland and drummer James Maddren, AuB amalgamates contemporary jazz and an adventurous and electronic soundscape with a risk-taking spirit and a degree of unpredictability, nuance and intense improvisation.

Praise for Hitchcock: 

‘Sax virtuoso… one to watch’ – Jazzwise

‘A fantastic talent… undoubtedly one of the stars of the future’
– Helen Mayhew, JazzFM
 

‘…effectively mixed a traditional tenor-ballad warmth with a brisk contemporary attack’ – John Fordham, The Guardian

Praise for Barford: 

‘We are witnessing the birth of a new
star in the Jazz firmament.’
– Evan Parker 

‘A strikingly large new British jazz talent arrives with saxophonist Tom Barford’.
– Written In Music 

‘Excellent Compositions’
– Downbeat Magazine

30th March: Lewis Wright Trio 

Lewis Wright – vibraphone 
Tom Farmer – double bass 
James Maddren – drums 

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.   

‘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 

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 March

Will, Jazz at The Oxford