DECEMBER 2022

DECEMBER 2022

Hello everyone. A few thank yous to round out the year — to the amazing bands who played in our recent London Jazz Festival gigs, and throughout the rest of this year. And to all of you, the audience, for continuing to support the best independent jazz night in the UK by buying tickets, telling friends, and sharing posts. AND, to the Assembly House, Kentish Town, for providing a perfect and perfectly-located temporary venue while our regular one is refurbished. Jazz at the Oxford is run entirely voluntarily, with ticket money going directly to the artists — please keep up your great support.

We usually do not run gigs in January. Plans for the restart will be finalised as we await more details on the date of completion for the refurbishments, at which point we expect to be back at the Oxford Tavern. As usual, keep an eye out on our social media and website.

Here are December’s bands. Come along, tell your friends and help us see out 2022 with a bang.

5 Dec — Tara Minton Quartet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/564593

Tara Minton – harp/vocals
Ed Babar – double bass
David Ingamells – drums
Emma Rawicz – sax

Tara Minton is an Australian born harpist, vocalist and composer. She is proudly endorsed by Camac Harps and holds a master’s degree in jazz performance from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Sought after as both a harpist and vocalist, Tara has worked with Björk, Tom Walker, ESKA, Stan Sulzmann, Geoff Gascoyne and the Australian World Orchestra. She leads her own original project as a harpist/vocalist and sings with “The Blues and Roots Ensemble” – a London based nine-piece band and charity celebrating the music of Charles Mingus.  
  
In 2020 Tara released her critically acclaimed album ‘Please Do Not Ignore The Mermaid’ exploring themes of climate change and mer-myth. She consolidated the album’s success with an intimate duo album released in January 2022 – ‘Two For The Road’ with bassist Ed Babar. The album was produced by Geoff Gascoyne and features Stan Sulzmann on tenor saxophone. This Summer Tara made her Ronnie Scott’s headline debut, and her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the Australian World Orchestra. 
  
Tara is a passionate music educator and advocate for the harp in jazz and improvised music. When not playing or teaching, Tara co-hosts ‘The Jazz Podcast’ with saxophonist Rob Cope, which was recently nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award.    
  
“An otherworldly collection that brings the harp centre stage” – The Sunday Times   
 
“Irresistibly seductive” – Jazzwise 
 
https://taraminton.com

12 Dec — Harrison Dolphin’s Music Band 

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/564722

The outstanding young guitarist Harrison Dolphin leads a star-studded sextet.

Zhenya Strigalev – alto sax
Miguel Gorodi – trumpet
James Wade-Sired – trombone
Harrison Dolphin – guitar
Lorenzo Morabito – bass
Adam Merrell – drums

19 Dec — Casares/Barry/Chaplin/Pitarch

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/564724

Two of London’s finest, Will Barry (piano) and Conor Chaplin (bass), present an international lineup for a very special final gig of 2022! They are joined by the saxophonist Lluc Casares and drummer Andreu Pitarch. Don’t miss it!

NOVEMBER 2022

Poster as always by the wonderful Osian Roberts

Hello everyone! It’s been a fairly dramatic couple of weeks at Oxford HQ with the sudden closure of the venue and the scramble to sort something new out. We’re really happy to report that the Assembly House 200m up the road has stepped up, and we’ll be kicking off there this coming Monday (31st) with Jack Garside leading an outrageous quartet. Tickets here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/558771

Here’s what’s coming up in November – it features a three-gig extravaganza week for the EFG London Jazz Festival. Please note there is no gig on Monday the 21st, as with the stress of the new venue hunt and the inevitability of that week suffering from a post-festival hangover, we are having a week off! We’re back for the last week of the month and will continue into December.

The change of venue coming right before the biggest month of music we’ve ever put on obviously does make us feel a little more precarious than we might like, so we would really appreciate seeing your faces and your bums on seats at these gigs. The new room is a tiny bit smaller, so we would encourage booking in advance to guarantee seeing the gigs. The LJF gigs are already selling quite fast and we don’t want any of our regular supporters to miss out! Spread the word, share far and wide on Instagram and Facebook, and encourage anyone who might be interested to sign up to the newsletter.

Thanks as ever for being such great supporters of proper grass-roots music.

Monday 7th – David Ferris Septet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/561349

David Ferris – Piano, composition
Hugh Pascall – Trumpet
Richard Foote – Trombone
Chris Young – Alto Saxophone
Nadim Teimoori – Tenor Saxophone
Nick Jurd – Bass
Euan Palmer – Drums

This band was originally formed in October 2016 by pianist, composer and Jazz at the Oxford denizen David Ferris, featuring some of the Midlands’ best musicians. The music written for this band draws from his experience of playing in large fully-orchestrated groups, and smaller more improvised settings, and focuses on melody and warmth, with influences ranging from John Scofield to Fred Hersch to The Beatles.

Their debut album “Alphabets” was released in February 2018, featuring the Estonian singer Maria Väli, and for this gig they’ll be debuting some new music.

Monday 14th – Sam Jesson’s Magpie Trio
(EFG London Jazz Festival)

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/551291

George Crowley – Tenor Sax
Tom Farmer – Double Bass
Sam Jesson – Drum Kit

All star acoustic saxophone trio reworking the glorious compositions of Wayne Shorter’s from his electric era, from groove heavy Weather Report bangers to the soaring melodies from seminal albums Atlantis and Joy Rider.

United by their love for the tradition of legendary jazz trios from Ahmad Jamal to Sonny Rollins, Oscar Peterson to Dewey Redman, the trio wind their way through many gems of the jazz canon – some lesser known than others – sometimes deconstructing and breathing new life, sometimes paying homage to classic arrangements, with a devoted focus on making music that feels honest and joyous.

This gig is part of a national tour in which the trio take on the electric work of Wayne Shorter, in music written for Weather Report and seminal solo albums Atlantis and Joy Rider.

Wednesday 16th – Alexandra Ridout/Iver Cardas
(EFG London Jazz Festival)

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/551307

Alex Ridout – Trumpet
Iver Cardas – Guitar
Conor Chaplin – Bass
TBC – Drums

Alexandra Ridout, Jazz Trumpeter, UK, is currently studying her Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music. She recently went on European Tour with the Grammy nominated, Blue Note signed all star band Artemis.

Alexandra was crowned the winner of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 and noted in ‘The shape of jazz to come: who to look out for in 2018’ in Jazzwise magazine.

In 2018 Alexandra won The British Jazz Awards ‘Rising Star’ category. In October 2019 Alexandra was named one of ‘London’s Most Influential People’ under 25 and was a Parliamentary Jazz Awards nominee in 2020.

Alexandra joined British jazz luminary Clark Tracey’s latest Quintet in 2017 who performed regularly promoting their most recent album ‘No Doubt’.

She has performed with ECM artist Kit Downes, and world renowned Jason Brown.

She was chosen for the JEN Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo 2021.

Alexandra released her debut EP ‘Remote Duets’ in 2020.

She has featured on various albums.

Alexandra fronts her own Quintet, who have recently recorded their debut album.

In 2022 she performed around Europe with award winning pianist Pablo Held and with Star Bass player Orlando Le Fleming’s band ‘Romantic Funk’.

Alexandra performed at the Jazz Gallery in New York with Dayna Stephen’s Custom Deluxe.

She has been invited to perform at the Festival of New Trumpet Music in NYC 2022.

Friday 18th – Stan Sulzmann Quartet
(EFG London Jazz Festival)

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/551309

Stan Sulzmann – Saxophone
Will Barry – Piano
Steve Watts – Bass
Kai MacRae – Drums

‘But a shining light of the whole attractive enterprise is the presence of Stan Sulzmann, who seems to sound more personal and hauntingly moving than ever.’ John Fordham, Jazz UK

A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader.

Always moving forward, Stan’s Neon Quartet sees him amongst some of the UKs most sought-after young musicians, and their latest album “Subjekt” explores Stan’s ever-developing musical influences. Stan is also a highly respected composer and arranger; his vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years, and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival.

Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: John Taylor, Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Mike Gibbs, Marc Copland, Allan Botchinksy, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans.

‘It simply doesn’t get any better than this’ John Kelman

Monday 21st

NO GIG

Monday 28th – Sam Norris Quartet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/561352

Sam Norris- alto sax
Jay Verma- piano
Will Sach- double bass
Harry Ling- drums

‘An extraordinary technique and improvisational flair for one so young’ (Ronan Guilfoyle).

Sam Norris is an award-winning London-based alto saxophonist, flautist and composer with a forward-thinking outlook.

Originally from Cambridge, UK, Sam has been moved from an early age by deeply expressive improvisers with their own musical language. Among the most formative influences on his playing and composing have been John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Lee Konitz and Eric Dolphy. The study of these musicians’ work, combined with a parallel interest in twentieth-century classical music, has led him to develop a musical vocabulary which is resolutely his own.

The Sam Norris Quartet (SNQ) brings together three of Sam’s favourite musicians on the London jazz scene- pianist Jay Verma, bassist Will Sach and drummer Harry Ling- to perform his original compositions. High-energy and uncompromising, their music takes the listener on a journey through carefully crafted forms, thoughtful solo interludes, and passages of free improvisation.

TEMPORARY VENUE CHANGE

November listings are about to be published, but here’s an important notice.

Until the end of 2022, gigs will take place upstairs at the Assembly House (Kentish Town, 2 mins from the Oxford) while the Oxford is being refurbished. This applies both to the regular Monday nights, and to the Mon/Wed/Fri (14/16/18 Nov) gigs during London Jazz Festival week. There is no gig the Monday after LJF (21 Nov). The next gig at time of writing is the great Jack Garside (31 Oct), which is the first at our temporary home. Watch the mailing list, website and socials for full listings soon.

This has been sorted out at very short notice, and we are grateful to all involved. Please show some love to our new hosts and support the night by spreading the word, buying tickets and buying drinks.

October 2022

Poster design as always by the great Osian Roberts!

UPDATE: now until the end of the year our gigs including THREE (Mon/WedFri in London Jazz Festival week) are upstairs at Assembly House Kentish Town, two minutes walk from the Oxford. Other details remain the same. Please support our temporary home and come along.

Hello everyone – October is going to be a great one here at the Oxford. As ever we rely on the continued support of our audience to keep the night running, so please keep coming along, telling your friends, and tagging us in anything you might put on social media (we’re on Instagram and Facebook.)

As a little bonus look ahead to November, our EFG London Jazz Festival programme is up and we’re putting on THREE great gigs: Sam Jesson’s Magpie Trio on Monday the 18th, Alexandra Ridout and Iver Cardas on Wednesday the 20th, and the legendary Stan Sulzmann on Friday the 22nd. Tickets are already going for these, so please do yourself a favour and get hold of some for yourselves here.

Thanks for all your continued support!

3rd october – james allsopp quartet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/558368/

James Allsopp – Tenor Saxophone/Bass Clarinet
Steve Buckley – Alto Saxophone/Bass Clarinet
Tom Herbert – Bass
Dave Storey – Drums

The James Allsopp Quartet is the new project from the BBC Jazz award winning saxophonist (“perhaps the most gifted British saxophonist of his generation, not to mention the most adaptable.” Underscore music magazine). The band builds on the joyful and haunting melodies that characterise his music and combines them with deep bass riffs and a sense of swing rooted in the jazz tradition but not beholden to it.

The band features Steve Buckley (Loose Tubes) on Alto Saxophone and Bass Clarinet,
Tom Herbert (Polar Bear) on Acoustic and Electric Bass and rising star Dave Storey on
the Drums.

10th october – dominic ingham quartet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/558725/

Dominic Ingham – Violin
Miles Mindlin – Guitar
Will Sach – Bass
Jay Davis – Drums

London based violinist Dominic Ingham has toured extensively across the UK with his quintet and performed at the likes of Ronnie Scotts, Barbican, Love Supreme and EFG London Jazz Festival.
A composer of captivating original music and a pioneering violinist, Dominic has earned a Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020 nomination, as well as landing a semi-finalist spot at the Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition.

In 2020, he released his debut album Role Models to critical acclaim. This self-released record features an arresting suite of lucidly crafted and characterful pieces and showcases Dominic’s distinctive and highly personalised style, rooted in his background of folk and classical music.
Dominic will be performing music from his upcoming E.P “Letters” alongside some of the most exciting emerging jazz musicians in the UK – Miles Mindlin (guitar) Will Sach (double bass) and Jay Davis (drums)

“Ingham’s music propels him into the ranks, writing an exciting chapter in contemporary UK jazz history” – All About Jazz
“Arresting suite of his lucidly crafted and characterful pieces” – Jazz Journal
“The ability of Dominic becomes immediately apparent as his violin skilfully soars above a slow-burning groover” – Jazzwise

17th october – Hugh pascall quintet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/558727/

Hugh Pascall – Trumpet
James Allsopp – Saxophone
Liam Dunachie – Piano
Oli Hayhurst – Bass
Jay Davis – Drums

Influenced by musicians like Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter and Tom Harrell, Hugh’s music is a lyrical, vibrant and modern approach to post-bop jazz. It’s straight-ahead jazz with melody, where swinging, modal explorations are complimented by beautiful, atmospheric and expressive ballads rich in harmony and character.

Hugh also brings interpretations of choice tunes in the classic jazz tradition, weaving these into the set alongside music from the new album and other brand new compositions.

An award-winning trumpeter and composer, Hugh studied jazz at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Paris Conservatoire and has since developed a highly respected career as a soloist. Recent projects include playing with such luminaries as The Last Poets, with UK legend Tony Kofi’s Inside Straight and rising star guitarist Aidan Pope’s new Octet. His eclectic career has included performances and recordings with a huge variety of artists, regularly performing at festivals and venues across the country and throughout Europe as a sideman. Forthcoming projects include a recording with guitarist Peter Bernstein as a member of the acclaimed David Ferris Septet. Borderlands is his much anticipated first album as Bandleader.

“An outstanding soloist” – London Jazz News
“Exemplary hard bop” – Jazz Journal
“The most beautiful, elegant and melodic delivery” – London Jazz News
“Fluent, lyrical solos that unfold gradually and gracefully” – The Jazzmann

24th october – blue town trio

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/558769/

Zoe Francis – Vocals
Jim Mullen – Guitar
Ross Stanley – Organ

The ‘Blue Town Trio’ features London-based Zoe Francis, vocals, multi award-winning legendary guitarist Jim Mullen (Morrissey Mullen, Terry Callier, Georgie Fame, Gene Harris) and Ross Stanley on Hammond organ. It’s a cracking set of classic songs in fresh arrangements with a few surprises. Songs including ‘Spring can really hang you up the most’, ‘Too late now’, ‘Who can I turn to’, ‘Skylark’, ‘My one and only love’, ‘In a sentimental mood’, and ‘Cinema Paradiso’ showcase Zoe’s beautiful voice set against the rich layers of sound from Ross’s Hammond and Jim’s melodic blues lines make this trio sound like a mini orchestra.

“Something a bit special is going on when this artist takes the stage…a classy, poised singer.” – London Jazz News

31st october – jack garside

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/558771/

Jack Garside – Bass
Chris Maddock – Saxophone
Matt Carter – Piano
Will Cleasby – Drums

Jack Garside has established himself as one of London’s most in-demand double bass players since moving to London from his hometown of Leeds three years ago. He has played with many of the most talented players on today’s scene but is probably most well known for his work alongside Mark Kavuma and The Banger Factory. Although mainly performing as a sideman, Jack is also a keen band leader and composes music with an aim of melding both the traditional and contemporary aspects of jazz music.

In this performance, the band will perform a selection of Jack’s original material, as well as some of his favourite tunes at the moment written by other composers.

SEPTEMBER 2022

Hello everyone – here’s what we’ve got lined up for you on Mondays in September. We’re so excited about these gigs, so please keep showing your support and tell all your friends. Jazz at The Oxford relies entirely on ticket sales for finance, and is run on a volunteer basis by people passionate about one of the longest running, highest quality independent venues in London. 

If any friends would like to join this newsletter, head to http://eepurl.com/dPXcWP. It also helps us when you tag us in videos or posts to social media, so please continue to do that: instagram @jazzattheoxford and facebook.com/jazzattheoxfordtavern/.

Finally, a heads up for November: we are running three gigs in one week as part of the London Jazz Festival in November, on Monday 14th, Wednesday 16th, Friday 18th. We have some incredible bands lined up so keep your eyes peeled. 

5th September – Paul Edis Trio

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/555389/

Paul Edis – Piano
Adam King – Double Bass
Joel Barford – Drums

‘Brilliant young pianist’ and composer Paul Edis brings his new piano trio to Jazz at The Oxford to perform original music and new arrangements of standards, including compositions from his most recent album, ‘The Still Point of the Turning World’.

Rooted in the straight-ahead swinging tradition, but always seeking out and exploring new sounds, nobody sounds quite like him or transports you to the places he travels to with his music. Simultaneously soothing and stirring, rapturous yet relaxed, Edis is a natural melodist who finds the emotional resonance of every note. With an unmistakable style that sounds like the missing link between Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau and Claude Debussy, he plays without a trace of bombast or affectation.

12th September – Josh Morrison Quartet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/555393/

Josh Morrison – drums
Steve Fishwick – trumpet
Sean Fyfe – piano
Mátyás Hofecker – bass

“Scalding swing” – thejazzmann.com

Joshua Morrison is an in-demand drummer from London. He has appeared with many of the UK’s top jazz artists, as well as international stars such as Grant Stewart and Eric Alexander. From 2012-2021 he worked with top US vocalist Stacey Kent, with whom he recorded two albums and toured internationally.

Tonight he brings a fantastic quartet, featuring some of London’s finest musicians.

19th September – Donovan Haffner Quintet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/555395/

Donovan Haffner – Alto Sax
Francisco Garcia de Paredes – Guitar
Jay Verma – Piano
Harry Pearce – Bass
Zoe Pascal – Drums

Donovan Haffner is an alto saxophonist with over a decade’s experience. He is presently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, specialising in Jazz. Donovan has played with a multitude of professional musicians including big contemporary names such as Moses Boyd and Jay Phelps and was mentored by Gary Crosby, Alex Davis and Binker Golding of Tomorrow’s Warriors. The group plays originals written by Donovan, influenced by Joe Henderson, Immanuel Wilkins and Walter Smith, as well as Kenny Dorham and Mark Turner and more.

26th September – Karim Saber Quintet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/555397/

Karim Saber – Guitar
Alex Wilson – Piano
Matt Cook – Tenor Saxophone
John Williamson – Bass
Jack Thomas – Drums

Led by guitarist and composer Karim Saber, who is steadily building a profile as a performer on the domestic and European scenes, this dynamic ensemble combines fiery extended improvisation with memorable original compositions. Featuring some of the most exciting young musicians in the UK (all of whom met whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music), this group’s first performance at the Oxford Tavern takes place ahead of their debut album recording (scheduled for Winter 2022).

“Amidst the many London guitarists, Karim is one whose playing I am most excited about. He’s got ferocious chops, a great repertoire and I really enjoy his writing” – Ant Law

“This band can PLAY and is one to look out for on the London scene going forward” – London Jazz Guitar Society

AUGUST 2022

Poster by the brilliant Osian Roberts

Hello everyone!
More great gigs on the way this month. Please spread the word, and support us by sharing and tagging on social media. See you on Mondays!

1st August – Rachael Cohen

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/551134/

Rachael Cohen – Alto Saxophone
Noah Stoneman – Piano
Joe Downard – Bass
Jason Brown – Drums

We’re so pleased we could get Rachael back so soon after the heatwave forced the postponement of her gig in July!

Rachael, a London-based alto saxophonist and composer, is one of the brightest emerging stars of her generation.  Her skills as a composer and improviser have gained her a great deal of attention in the UK and beyond. This year she deservedly placed in Downbeat’s ‘Rising Star’ alto saxophone category.

2012 saw Rachael record her critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Halftime’ on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings, which catapulted Cohen’s reputation to one of the premier new voices of her generation in the UK’s jazz and improvised music scene. Featuring top UK guitarist Phil Robson, ‘Halftime’ was highly praised nationwide and overseas upon its release in 2013 with four star reviews from major publications and earning her a spot in MOJO magazines top ten Jazz albums of 2014. 

Rachael has since toured and continues to work extensively across the UK with her own projects and has come to be a mainstay at London clubs such as Ronnie Scott’s and the Vortex as well as having her residencies at other clubs throughout London. 

“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.” – The Guardian

8th August – Nel Begley

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/552920/

Nel Begley – Voice
Paul Edis – Piano
Luke Fowler – Bass
Ollie Peszynski – Drums

Nel Begley is a vocalist and composer, recently moved to South London. She exploded onto the Leeds Jazz scene after graduating from Leeds Conservatoire.

She has performed at major festivals and shows around the UK and Europe including Latitude, Bestival, Pizza Express Soho and Jamboree Barcelona.

Nel is currently completing her masters studies at Guildhall and performs for her original project Rafe’s Dilemma.

In August she plans to bring some of the finest Jazz musicians London has to offer to serenade you with a range of songs that are close to her heart, including works by Joni Mitchell, Thelonious Monk and others. 

15th August – Alec Harper Quartet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/552922/

Alec Harper – Tenor Saxophone
Nick Costley White – Guitar
Tom Farmer – Bass
Will Cleasby – Drums 

Alec Harper has established himself as one of the leading tenor saxophonists in the U.K. When he’s not busy performing with popular outfit “Kansas Smitty’s”, you can find Alec fronting his own band and as a sideman for admired local bands. Alec has recently toured with Tom Misch as well as a stint recording and performing with the esteemed WDR big band. He has performed at venues all over the world including North Sea Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, Dizzy’s Coca Cola (NYC). Be sure to head down to Alec’s Wednesday night residency at Soho’s “Louche” bar where you can catch his Quartet.

“A leading contender among the heavies”
Lance Liddle

22nd August – Calum Gourlay Quartet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/552924

Helena Kay – Tenor
Kieran McLeod – Trombone
James Maddren – Drums
Calum Gourlay – Bass

Calum Gourlay’s award nominated quartet playing in its original lineup for the first time in nearly three years. Featuring music from their ‘New Ears’ album and new compositions.

Calum Gourlay was born in Glasgow and grew up playing in Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and Tommy Smith’s Youth Jazz Orchestra, before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has since established two residencies at the Vortex Jazz Club, London – Thelonious from 2015 to 2017 presenting the entire catalogue of Thelonious Monk with Martin Speake and Hans Koller; and a monthly big band residency playing his own music starting in February 2017. As a sideman, he has performed with many leading jazz musicians from across the UK, and the world. Gourlay has held the acoustic bass chair with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Tommy Smith, since 2006. He has also featured prominently with Tommy Smith’s own quartet. Since 2018 Calum has been a professor of Jazz Bass at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. He has also taught one to one at the Royal Academy of Music and presented his own big band music with The Guildhall Big Band. His debut album ‘Live at The Ridgeway’ (2015) received rave reviews from the UK jazz press, not least because of its confident format – a solo, live recording in front of an intimate audience. In 2019 Calum released his first quartet album ‘New Ears’ on Ubuntu records. In 2020 the album was nominated for both a Scottish Jazz Award and an Ivor Novello Composer Award.

29th August – Noah Stoneman Trio

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/552926/

Noah Stoneman – Piano
Will Sach – Bass
Jason Brown – Drums

Noah Stoneman is a 21 year old pianist and composer from north London. He is currently studying at the Royal Academy of music and is adept at a wide range of musical idioms. What binds these different languages together is improvisation; the art which Noah aims to master throughout his career. He regularly performs as a sideman for some of the finest musicians across the UK from all generations. With his own trio you can expect poetic and dynamic compositions and a sense of fluidity across the whole ensemble.

July 2022

Poster, newsletter and tickets below!

Hello everyone! Thanks so much for your continued support. As always, please tell your friends and share your experiences by tagging us on Instagram and Facebook, etc.

Here’s our line-up for July with links to tickets. We continue to be blessed with incredible bands and can’t wait to see you at these gigs!

4th July – Miles Mindlin Quartet (featuring Alexandra Ridout)

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/551130/

Alexandra Ridout – Trumpet

Ferg Ireland – Bass

Steve Brown – Drums

Miles Mindlin – Guitar

We are delighted to welcome the wonderful young guitarist Miles Mindlin, and he is joined by long-term collaborator and incredible trumpeter Alexandra Ridout, on a brief visit back from setting the New York scene alight. An all-star rhythm section completes a band that is not to be missed.

Miles Mindlin is a 21 year old jazz guitarist from London. He has been gigging professionally since the age of 14 and has played at some of the most prominent UK and European Jazz clubs and Festivals. After beginning his studies at the Royal Academy in 2019 Mindlin released his debut Album ‘Life Still On’ and is soon to record his second. 

He regularly performs with Artists from the Uk and the Usa such as Alexandra Ridout, Giacomo Smith, Jason Brown, James Maddren, Rachel Cohen, Jamie Cullum and Joe Webb. 
 

11th July – Helena Kay’s KIM Trio + Jonny Mansfield

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/551132/

Helena Kay – tenor saxophone

Calum Gourlay – double bass

David Ingamells – drums

+ Jonny Mansfield – vibraphone

“Kay and their trio confirmed both their understated group virtuosity and command of narrative drive.”

Mike Hobart, Financial Times

Tenor saxophonist Helena Kay (Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015, winner of Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2017) leads a trio comprising some of the most in demand musicians on the London jazz scene, joined for this performance by the similarly lauded Jonny Mansfield.

Helena Kay is a tenor saxophonist and composer based in London. Originally from Perth, Scotland, they moved to London in 2012 to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2016 with a First Class in BMus Jazz (Hons). During their time studying, they were awarded the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year Award (2015). In 2021, they were selected to become a City Music Foundation Artist. 

Kay released their debut album Moon Palace in 2017 after winning the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award the same year. They recorded the album with their band Helena Kay’s KIM trio, released on Ubuntu Music in December 2018. The album features David Ingamells on drums and Ferg Ireland on double bass.

Kay draws influence from different places which are important to them: Scotland, London, and New York, each of which have been their home during their career. While in New York, they had lessons with some of the greats of the contemporary jazz scene – Dayna Stephens, Melissa Aldana, Chris Cheek and Rodney Green.

Kay also plays with various groups such as Calum Gourlay Quartet, Issie Barratt’s Interchange Dectet, EuroRadio Jazz Orchestra 2017 and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and has performed at numerous festivals such as London Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, as well as venues including as Ronnie Scott’s, The Royal Albert Hall and The Vortex.

Their latest project, Helena Kay’s KIM Trio + Peter Johnstone, features Kay on tenor saxophone & compositions, Calum Gourlay on double bass, David Ingamells on drums and Peter Johnstone on piano. This group will be recording and releasing Golden Sands later this year. 

18th July – Rachael Cohen

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/551134/

Rachael Cohen – Alto Saxophone
Noah Stoneman – Piano
Joe Downard – Bass
Luca Caruso

Rachael Cohen is renowned by both fellow musicians and audiences for her unique tone and “softly devious” improvising (Guardian). We can’t wait to welcome her to the Oxford again!

Rachael, a London-based alto saxophonist and composer, is one of the brightest emerging stars of her generation.  Her skills as a composer and improviser have gained her a great deal of attention in the UK and beyond. 

2012 saw Rachael record her critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Halftime’ on Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings, which catapulted Cohen’s reputation to one of the premier new voices of her generation in the UK’s jazz and improvised music scene. Featuring top UK guitarist Phil Robson, ‘Halftime’ was highly praised nationwide and overseas upon its release in 2013 with four star reviews from major publications and earning her a spot in MOJO magazines top ten Jazz albums of 2014. 

Rachael has since toured and continues to work extensively across the UK with her own projects and has come to be a mainstay at London clubs such as Ronnie Scott’s and the Vortex as well as having her residencies at other clubs throughout London. 

“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.” – The Guardian
 

25th July – The London Django Collective with special guest Elias Prinz

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/551136/

Harry Diplock – Guitar

Elias Prinz – Guitar

Matt Holborn – Violin

Pete Thomas – Bass

The London Django Collective was born out of the desire to create a local and innovative forum for musicians influenced by the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt. Gypsy jazz has always had a place in the hearts of revivalists and traditionalists but the Collective have a vision of true progression for the style whilst nodding to the great musicians who came before them.  

After a series of EP releases showcasing each members original music in late 2019 the Collective are back, fresh after lockdown, with new music.  Featuring some of the best gypsy jazz musicians in London, their releases have been held to high acclaim, played on BBC radio and listened to all over the world. Come to explore the spirit of Django and see the flair and swing the band brings to the London Jazz Scene!

JUNE 2022

Hello everyone – here’s what we’ve got lined up for you in the coming month. We’re so excited about these gigs, so please keep showing your support and tell all your friends. The poster is below, and scroll down for info and tickets.

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6th June – Nat Steele

Nat Steele – Vibraphone

Matyas Gayer – Piano

Dario Di Lecce – Bass

Mark Taylor – Drums

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/548165/

Nat Steele brings his new quartet to the Oxford, featuring the talents of Mark Taylor on drums, recently returned to these shores after a 25-year long stint in New York, with the award-winning young pianist Matyas Gayer and long time associate from his MJQ band Dario Di Lecce on double bass. They play a winning mix of straight ahead, swinging standards and jazz compositions.

Nat is a jazz vibraphone player based in London. In 2017 he launched his debut album, “Portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet” on Trio Records, with a sold-out album release concert held at Ronnie Scott’s, followed by 2 years of touring the UK with the quartet. The album was awarded “Jazz Album of the Month” by BBC Music Magazine, with a plethora of positive reviews in the jazz press, including 4 stars in The Observer and Jazzwise Magazine. It even made it into the top 10 in the jazz charts in Japan. In 2019 he was invited by Grammy-award winning pianist, arranger and composer Alan Broadbent to give the world premier of a new work celebrating the 25th anniversary of Watermill Jazz. In 2020 – just before the pandemic – he completed an 18-date Arts Council funded tour of the UK with the MJQ band featuring guest tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, who came from New York for 2 weeks to play.

As well as working as a performer, Nat has been very actively involved in promoting jazz and founded a jazz festival, BopFest, in 2015 with saxophonist Allison Neale. The annual festival, initially just long weekend, has grown into a 7-day long extravaganza of bebop and straight ahead jazz in London featuring some of the best musicians from the UK, Europe and America, with the festival attracting both private and Arts Council funding and getting significant audience numbers and press attention.

He’s currently working on two new albums which should come out in 2023.

13th June – Michelangelo Scandroglio and Alex Hitchcock

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/548167/

Michelangelo Scandroglio — Bass

Alex Hitchcock — Tenor Saxophone

Rachael Cohen — Alto Saxophone

Jay Davis — Drums

Saxophonist Alex Hitchcock has put together this special gig featuring a leading voice on the Italian Jazz scene.

Michelangelo Scandroglio is a bass player based in Italy who has studied with (amongst others) Joe Sanders, Harish Raghavan, Ben Street and Ben Wendel. At the age of twenty he was one of the winners of the Riga International Jazz Bass Competition, and was subsequently invited by Adam Yuang Hong to play at Beijing Jazz Festival.

Other accolades and awards have come from Veneto’s “Tomorrow’s Jazz”, Umbria Jazz’s Conad Jazz Contest, Musica Jazz, and “AIR”, organized and financed by the Italian Jazz Association (MIDJ) and MIBACT (Italian Ministery of Culture Activity), a program which consisted in a one month artistic residency in Lima ( Perù). 

In 2020 he released “In the Eyes of the Whale” his first album as a leader on Auand Records, featuring as a very special guest the international jazz star Logan Richardson. This album allowed him to win the “Nuova generazione”, a program financed and promoted by MiBAC ( Italian Ministery of Culture activity), I-JAZZ and SIAE, which resulted in a tour of the major festivals in Europe and around the world.

His playing CV includes such heavyweights as Logan Richardson, Glenn Ferris, Ben van Gelder, Marvin “Bugalu” Smith, Alex Sipiagin, Gregory Hutchinson and Seamus Blake.

20th June – Xhosa Cole Quartet

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/548169/

Xhosa Cole – Tenor Saxophone
Steve Saunders – Guitar
Josh Vadiveloo – Bass
Nathan England-Jones – Drums

Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year, Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community arts programmes in Birmingham including the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jazzlines Ensemble and Birmingham Music Service. Having grown up in Handsworth and first played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton’s Ladywood Community Music School, he’s now among a long legacy of Birmingham Saxophonists including Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings. Xhosa has performed twice at the BBC Proms, Composed music for the Ripieno Players, a Birmingham Based String Orchestra, recorded saxophone for Mahalia’s debut album ‘Love and Compromise’, completed a 22 date UK tour, all along side his studies as a scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Xhosa Also received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2019 and Jazz FM ‘Breakthrough act of the year’.

Xhosa’s earliest memories of the arts are with ACE Youth Dance group. However, since playing in Holyhead School’s Jazz band with Ray Prince and Sid Peacock he decided to pursue music and joined the Jazzlines Ensemble, Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra, Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra among others. Xhosa attended courses with the National Youth Jazz Collective and National Youth Wind Orchestra. He is now finishing his degree in Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London alongside a wide spectrum of work writing and performing across the UK. in 2019 Xhosa received the Parliamentary Jazz award for ‘Best Newcomer”.

27th June – FORJ

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/548171

Joe Wright – Tenor saxophone
Josh Arcoleo – Tenor saxophone
Nick Jurd – Double Bass
Jonathan Silk – Drums

Forj is an exciting quartet led by drummer Jonathan Silk, featuring the critically acclaimed and long time friend and collaborator, Nick Jurd on double bass alongside the incredible musicianship of two of London’s finest improvisers, Joe Wright and Josh Arcoleo on tenor saxophones. This band promises high octane grooves and expansive improvisation across a whole series of original compositions. Forj attempt to bridge the gap between chaos and purpose. With original compositions as a framework, the band move to reshape what the music is at every outing. With improvisation at the heart of the ensemble, every performance is a new experience. Performing a rocky, but subtle, set of intricate grooves and diverse melodies, Forj blur the lines between composition and improvisation in a highly interactive manner in this exciting chordless ensemble.

Debut release Skirfare was released in February 2021, only available through their dedicated album builder on the Forj website. Their latest album Our Space is to be released April 2022 and is available through the FORJ bandcamp.

“An excellent addition to the Birmingham scene” – Tony Dudley-Evans (UK)
“Forj’s set was a wild, muscular delight” – London Jazz News (UK)
“devilishly tight” – London Jazz News (UK)

May 2022

Poster below, biogs and ticket links below that!

Hello everyone – I hope you’ve all enjoyed the sunny bank holiday weekend! Here’s what we have coming up in May (plus a reminder of the wonderful last gig in April.) Your support means so much, and please tell all your friends! And feast your eyes on the treats we have in store for you…

2nd May – Kourosh Kanani Trio

www.wegottickets.com/event/544794/

Kourosh Kanani – Guitar

Matt Davies – Drums

Dave O’Brien – Bass

Since their first album release in September 2021, the Kourosh Kanani trio have gained international recognition as one of the most unique guitar trios currently working.

The music is steeped in Persian folk and the intricate rhythm systems of south India, and, being combined with improvisation and jazz, forms an intense progressive rock feel.

The new trio have been playing concerts around London and recently made a special appearance on MBCPersia with tour dates underway.

The magical Chemistry between the musicians creates a spell-binding dynamic, bringing the pilgrimatic compositional style of Kanani to immense life.

9th May – Swing You Sinners

www.wegottickets.com/event/544796/

Special Guest (TBC) – clarinet

George Crowley – tenor sax

Sam Wooster – trumpet

Andrew Woodhead – piano

Nick Jurd – double bass

Jeff Williams – drums

Andrew Woodhead and friends present a 21st Century Improviser’s take on the music of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Cab Calloway, inspired by the dark, surreal rotoscoping of Fleischer Studios’ cartoons. This is also a great chance to catch up with the incredible tenor player George Crowley, whose long history with the Oxford our more experienced regulars will remember well.

16th May – Will Arnold-Forster 

www.wegottickets.com/event/544799/

Will Arnold-Forster – Guitar

Joe Webb – Piano

Dario Di Lecce – Bass

Steve Brown – Drums

Will Arnold-Forster is a recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A recipient of the Yamaha Jazz Scholarship, he has performed across the country and in all of London’s major jazz venues, including Ronnie Scott’s The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall & The Barbican Center. Tonight he leads a quartet comprising long term collaborators Joe Webb (piano), Steve Brown (drums) and Dario Di Lecce (double bass) to perform compositions written by/associated with the great Jim Hall.

As many of you will know, Will is also responsible for the past few years of excellent programming here at the Oxford. We are delighted to welcome him back to play with this really special band.

23rd May – Jonny Mansfield Quintet

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/544823

Jonny Mansfield – Vibraphone

Dominic Ingham – Violin

Rob Luft – Guitar

Will Sach – Bass

Dave Hamblett – Drums

Jonny Mansfield is an award-winning percussionist and composer. He has worked with international artists such as Chris Potter, Orlando Weeks and Yazz Ahmed, performing worldwide. He released his debut album ‘Elftet’ on Edition Records after being awarded the Kenny Wheeler Prize in 2018 as well as being nominated for Ivors Novello composition awards for large jazz ensemble.

His quintet features strings and percussion to create rich textures that allow for familiar folk-like melodies to guide the listener through sonic landscapes. Influences are drawn from Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønen, Scottish fiddler Aiden O’Rouke and Chilean guitarist Camilla Meza.

‘Strikingly original music’ – Jazzwise.

‘Jonny Mansfield, whose incredible relaxed demeanor belied the quite mystifying way he managed to make this complex instrument sing.’ – London Jazz News.

‘Really beautiful music.’ – Jorge Rossy

‘A musical vision beyond his years.’ – Evan Parker

30th May – Aisling Lavelle

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/544825/

Aisling Lavelle – Voice

George Crowley – Tenor Saxophone

Nick Costley-White – Guitar

This is a new trio exploring a selection of beautiful well and lesser known songs from the post-50s Brazilian repertoire. Aisling grew up on a healthy diet of straight-ahead jazz and fell in love with improvising at an early age thanks to singers like Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and British jazz legend Tina May.  After studying Portuguese, she developed a love of Tom Jobim’s music, Chico Buarque’s lyrics and Elis Regina’s voice, all of whom have heavily influenced this project.

‘mature, confident and highly musical personality‘ – Jazzwise