The ten days of madness are upon us, and as usual you can find great original jazz and improvised music at The Oxford on a Monday evening, this time – for the festival – with a very special guest from across the pond!
Since Alan Hampton’s leap from bassist sideman to solo artist he has gained notoriety as a singer and a songwriter, appearing as a guest artist and collaborating with numerous artists crossing several genres. As bassist, he is no slouch either.
Alan Hampton’s debut record, “The Moving Sidewalk” effortlessly showcases his range of musicality and resourcefulness. His tender, ashy voice shimmers over lush string trios, Dr. Who synthesizers, and finger-picked acoustic guitars, all performed by many of Brooklyn’s finest musicians. The ten, carefully constructed songs are intricate hybrids of various genres and influences, pooling from Brian Wilson, Wayne Shorter, and The Band.
An extensive musical education, years of experience as a sideman and bassist in NYC and practice in a variety of different genres have all contributed to the abundant reservoir of resources that make Hampton’s record at once eloquent and unassuming. Hampton studied composition and performance, and toured and performed with jazz luminaries Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Southern California. After completing the program, he moved to Brooklyn where he made his mark as a bassist and sideman, performing around the world and recording with the likes of Gretchen Parlato, Sufjan Stevens, Clare and the Reasons, Robert Glasper, and Elizabeth and the Catapult.
It will be a genuine pleasure to welcome such an artist to the intimate surroundings of the Oxford – don’t miss it!
Playing the other half of the double bill is Thunderdog, a collaborative quartet featuring George Crowley and Josh Arcoleo (saxes), Calum Gourlay (bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums), playing energetic and characterful original pieces!
This promises to be a really great evening – please come down and join us!
Doors 8:30; music from 9; entry only £5.
Our Jazz Festival shows tend to get very busy and there are only tickets available on the door / no reserved seating, so please arrive in good time to get a good seat – Alan Hampton is on first at 9pm.
See you there!