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
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
10th october – dominic ingham quartet
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
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
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
Jack Garside – Bass
Piano – Matt Carter
Drums – TBC
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.