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Once again we’ve had some truly special nights of music this month at The Oxford Tavern featuring some of the finest jazz musicians that London has to offer. Our July programme looks to be just as enticing – here’s what’s coming up!
1st July: Matt Home quartet
Matt Home – drums
Steve Fishwick – trumpet
Alex Bryson – piano
Jeremy Brown – 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 this time to lead his own quartet alongside long-time collaborator Steve Fishwick, one of the finest trumpeters that this country has ever produced. Expect to hear the bands own arrangements of lesser known selections from the Great American Songbook and hard bop cannon.
8thJuly: Mark Lewandowski (lineup TBC)
World-class virtuoso double bassist Mark Lewandowski has been rapidly making a name for himself on the New York jazz scene having recently relocated from London to enrol at the prestigious Juilliard school. Testament to his taste and musicality, he’s performed alongside a broad range of musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Sheila Jordan, Henry Grimes, John Surman and Soweto Kinch to name but a few. A previous resident of Kentish Town (!) we massively look forward to his return to The Oxford.
‘sonorous, fluent, delivered with the presence of a bassist who has already earned his place as an indispensable part of our scene’ london jazz
check out Mark in action here:
15th July: Allison Neale quartet
Allison Neale – alto saxophone
Colin Oxley – guitar
Matt Fishwick – drums
Jeremy Brown – double bass
Extraordinary alto saxophonist Allison Neale and the incomparable Colin Oxley team up to pay tribute to the great Paul Desmond/Jim Hall quartet of the 1960’s as they delve into the bands extensive repertoire, using it as a point of departure for their own improvisations.
‘Allison Neale plays the alto saxophone with a tone so light and airy it positively melts at the edges’ (Dave Gelly, Observer)
‘A talent to savour’ (Peter Vacher, Jazz UK)
check out Allison in action here:
22nd July: Freddie Gavita trio
Freddie Gavita – trumpet
Nick Costley-White – guitar
Tim Thornton – double bass
Winner of the British Jazz Awards ‘Best Trumpet of 2017’ Freddie has cemented his place as a leading light on the British Jazz scene having released his debut album ‘transient’ to critical acclaim. A member of the Ronnie Scott’s house quintet, Freddie is equally at home as a band leader and on the 22ndJuly brings his newly formed trio comprising two of London’s most in-demand rhythm section members to The Oxford. We greatly look forward to welcoming this trio (featuring a seldom heard combination of instruments) as they perform their unique arrangements of their favourite compositions from the jazz cannon.
‘A talented trumpet prodigy’ – John Walters, The Guardian
check out Freddie in action here:
29thJuly: Will Barry (lineup TBC)
Prodigiously talented pianist Will Barry is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music whose propulsive sense of swing, and feel for the music has seen him quickly gain a reputation as one of our finest jazz pianists. A key member of numerous projects both in the U.K and internationally (perhaps most notably with Jasper Hoiby’s ‘Fellow Creatures’ group). Tonight we greatly look forward to hearing his own trio.
check out Will in action here:
As always you can find us every Monday in the upstairs function room at our favourite pub, The Oxford Tavern in Kentish Town. Doors open at 8pm, music from 8:30. £8/£5 musicians on the door.
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We look forward to seeing you in July and thank you for your support so far.
Jazz at The Oxford