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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)
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
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
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
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!