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.
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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
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
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
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
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