Welcome back everyone!

We hope you’ve all had a good Christmas and New Year, and we’re excited to have some great music lined up for you over the next month. Firstly – a slight change of faces at Jazz at the Oxford HQ as we say a massive thank you to Will Arnold-Foster for all the amazing work he’s done over the last few years. We all love you Will! We (John Williamson and David Ferris) can’t wait to get to know all of you and if we do half as good a job as Will did then we’ll be very happy! Here’s what we’ve got in store for you:

Monday 31st January – David Ferris/John J Williamson featuring Sam Braysher

Ticket link: www.wegottickets.com/event/536803/

Sam Braysher – Alto Saxophone

David Ferris – Piano

John J Williamson – Bass

Will Cleasby – Drums

For our first gig back we’re joined by the amazing Sam Braysher on alto, alongside Will Cleasby on drums. In addition to performing with the leading lights of the London jazz scene, Sam has won widespread acclaim for collaborating with musicians of international renown on his two albums as a bandleader.

“I can’t think of another alto saxophonist with a sound quite like Sam Braysher’s” Dave Gelly, the Observer

Monday 7th February – Djangada

Ticket link: www.wegottickets.com/event/536805/

Sam Watts – Piano

Matheus Nova – Bass

Marcinho Pereira – Drums

Djangada play Brazilian music with a jazz piano trio sound and approach, performing their own arrangements of Brazilian classics. The focus is particularly on composers from Bahia, including Gilberto Gil and Dorival Caymmi. The trio has worked together as the rhythm section for various Brazilian bands in the past but this is their first outing as a trio.

Monday 14th February – Josephine Davies Trio

Ticket link: www.wegottickets.com/event/536807/

Josephine Davies – Saxophone

Dave Whitford – Bass

Gene Calderazzo – Drums

Saxophonist Josephine Davies, winner of the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Award for best instrumentalist, and known for her original and dynamic trio ‘Satori’, brings another fantastic band for tonight’s performance, featuring drummer Gene Calderazzo and bassist Dave Whitford.

Monday 21st February – Soul Time! Steve Fishwick/Leon Greening quartet play the music of Bobby Timmons

Ticket link: www.wegottickets.com/event/536809/

Steve Fishwick – Trumpet

Leon Greening – Piano

Matyas Hofecker – Bass

Matt Home – Drums

SoulTime! is a new and exciting jazz quartet co-led by renowned pianist Leon Greening and exceptional trumpeter Steve Fishwick. Rounding out the top-flight rhythm section is Matt Home on drums and Matyas Hofecker on double bass. The group is dedicated to exploring the music of one of their musical heroes, pianist, and composer Bobby Timmons. Timmons was an important influence on the music in the late 1950s and early 60s. His contribution to the Hard-Bop and Soul-Jazz styles is often overlooked in the jazz history books. The success of groups such as Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and The Cannonball Adderley Quintet wouldn’t have been possible without hits that were penned by Bobby, including ‘This Here’, ‘Dat Dere’, ‘Moanin’, and many more. This group is committed to presenting the music in the spirit in which it was originally created, with plenty of melody, soul, and down-home grooves.

“Leon Greening epitomises the assured confidence of a new generation” Jazz Journal

“Steve has his own style. He plays from the bottom to the top of the horn whilst maintaining the integrity of the chords. I can’t think of another trumpeter who can do what he does!” Wynton Marsalis

Monday 28th February – Pete Horsfall Quintet

Ticket link: www.wegottickets.com/event/536811/

Pete Horsfall – trumpet

Giacomo Smith – alto saxophone

Joe Webb – piano

Ferg Ireland – bass

Will Cleasby – drums

Pete Horsfall is an acclaimed trumpet player, vocalist and songwriter based in the UK.

His latest album Nighthawks received critical acclaim, including a four star review in the Guardian. Described by All About Jazz as ‘one of the year’s most original releases’, the record was featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM.

Pete performs as a soloist at many prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world. These include The Lincoln Center (NYC), Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Sunset/Sunside (Paris), The Royal Albert Hall, North Sea Jazz Festival (NDL), the Cadogan Hall, London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Southbank Centre, La Spezia Jazz Festival (IT) and many more.

He has also played trumpet and flugelhorn for pop & hip-hop groups including DJ Premier, De La Soul, Friendly Fires. DJ IQ and many others.

In addition to leading his own solo projects, you can find Pete playing regularly with Kansas Smitty’s Big Four, vocalist and broadcaster Clare Teal, and Guy Barker. He also leads the highly respected traditional jazz ensemble Basin Street Brawlers.

May Newsletter:

Dear all,

as April draws to a close, we’ve yet another fabulous programme of monday night jazz coming up for you in May at the Oxford Tavern, here’s what’s on the horizon…

6th May: Leon Greening 

Hard swinging pianist Leon Greening brings his world class quintet to The Oxford to kick things off on the 6th May. Featuring some of London and New York’s finest, Nat Steele (vibraphone), Colin Oxley (guitar), Adam King (double bass) and special guest Mark Taylor (drums) – this gig will mark the end of their spring tour, as they perform their interpretations of lesser-known hardbop selections from the jazz cannon. 

’This was a highly engaging evening of classic hard bop with some incredible original material from Leon Greening, surely one of the UKs finest pianists,’ 

Charlie Anderson, sussexjazzmag.com

13th May: David Ingamells 

David Ingamells has established himself as one of the most versatile jazz drummers of his generation. He performs regularly at all the major jazz clubs and venues in the UK and will be joined this evening in trio by visiting New York based pianist JinJoo Yoo and bassist Simon Read. 

“Irrepressible, Purist Fun From an Important, Individualistic New Voice in Jazz Piano”

New York Music Daily 

20th May: Giacomo Smith 

Internationally renowned virtuoso saxophonist Giacomo Smith – founding member of the hugely successful Kansas Smitty’s House Band – brings his quartet to The Oxford on the 20th May. One of the finest players of his generation, any chance to see Giacomo play is not to be missed…

27th May: Matyas Gayer 

Hungarian pianist Matyas Gayer closes our May programme, bringing his trio comprising Matt Home (drums) and Jeremy Brown (Bass) to The Oxford on the 27th May to perform selections from his critically acclaimed debut album ’Never Ending Story’ amongst other arrangements of his own from the Great American Songbook. 

As always you can find us 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 concessions on the door. 

We look forward to seeing you at one of our May dates and thank you for your support so far. 

Best Wises,

Jazz at The Oxford

April Newsletter:

Dear Friends,

We’ve had a particularly special month of music here at Jazz at The Oxford. As ever though, we look forward to April, the arrival of spring and five more Monday nights packed full of London’s finest jazz musicians at The Oxford Tavern in Kentish Town.

1st April:

At the rhythmic epicentre of a new era of innovative British jazz sits percussionist and composer Corrie Dick. Lauded for his fluency, touch and euphoric abandon at the drum kit, we greatly look forward to hearing his ‘impossible dreams’ sextet as they debut an evening of brand new material before going into the studio later on in the month. The band features 6 of London’s heaviest improvisers and is not to be missed.

‘Remarkably mature and moving songwriting’ (Splinter Jazz) 

‘Fluent, supportive on drums, also produced the compoisitonal highlight of the evening, the emotional corner-stone of the set. I can’t wait to hear it again’ (London Jazz News) 

Alice Zawadzki – voice/violin
Laura Jurd – trumpet
Joe Wright – saxophone
Rob Luft – guitar
Tom McCredie – bass
Corrie Dick – drums

8th April:

In-demand pianist Liam Dunachie brings his swinging piano trio comprising Tim Thornton (double bass) and David Ingamells (drums) to the Oxford on the 8thApril. Expect an evening of slick arrangements of lesser-known selections from the jazz cannon and Great American Songbook performed on our beautiful new upright piano.

15th April:

Award-winning Tenor Saxophonist Mark Crooks, a soloist in the acclaimed John Wilson Orchestra, performs in his regular working quartet alongside world-class guitarist Colin Oxley, Matt Fishwick (drums) and Connor Chaplin (double bass). Mark is a supremely melodic improviser and joined by his tight-knit group of accomplished musicians is not to be missed.

‘Mark Crooks…exceptional’ (BBC)

22nd April:

Fresh from a 3-month stint on the road with Adrian Cox’s ‘profoundly blue’ project, Simon Read’s double-bass lead trio comprises three of London’s most prodigiously talented young musicians, Simon Read (double-bass) Joe Webb (piano) and Gethin Jones (drums). The trio comes to The Oxford on the 22ndApril to perform their unique arrangements of material from The Great American songbook alongside selections from their recently recorded album.


29th April:

Saxophonist Alex Hitchcock is joined by three of the UK’s most acclaimed improvising musicians in Will Barry (piano), Fergus Ireland (bass) and Shane Forbes (drums). The group were the winners of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in 2018 and are debuting original material over two consecutive nights in south and north London, fresh from recording at Konk Studios in April.

‘[The debut CD] highlights the already much-admired eloquence of his playing, his striking compositions and his fine collaborators. An impressive calling card for a band with a bright future’ (John Fordham, Jazzwise) 

As always you can find us 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 concessions on the door. 

We look forward to seeing you at one of our April dates and thank you for your support so far. 

Best Wises,
Jazz at The Oxford 

March 4th, Dave Archer Quartet

Thanks to all who came down to see Dave Archer’s quartet last week at The Oxford, featuring Dave on guitar, Joe Webb (organ), Giacomo Smith (saxophone) and Matt Skelton (drums). The band sounded fantastic and you can hear a short clip of them playing Oscar Moore/Nat Cole’s ‘Beautiful Moons ago’ in the instagram video to the side.

Tomorrow evening (11th March) we welcome double bassist Dario Di’Lecce and his hard-swinging trio to The Oxford, comprising Dario, Gabriel Latchin (piano) and Josh Morrison (drums). Come down and celebrate the arrival of our beautiful new piano as the trio perform material from their upcoming record ‘The Moon and I’.