Monday September 7th: Michael Chillingworth Septet

We’re very excited to be kicking off an Autumn season – packed full of amazing musical treats – in just under a week, and what better way to do it than with a top young band, lead by leading young saxophonist and composer Michael Chillingworth?!

photo by Brian Homer

photo by Brian Homer

Michael Chillingworth Septet:

Michael Chillingworth – alto sax / clarinet

Josh Arcoleo – tenor sax

Tom Challenger – tenor sax / clarinet

George Crowley – bass clarinet / clarinet

Lewis Wright – vibes

Sam Lasserson – double bass

Jon Scott – drums

Mike Chillingworth has been active on the London jazz scene for over a decade and has a formidable reputation as a saxophonist and improviser. His CV is impressive, working with many of the leading figures in British and European jazz including Kit Downes, Jim Hart, Stan Sulzmann, Jeff Williams, Gareth Lockrane, James Maddren, Ivo Neame, Julian Siegel, John Taylor, Calum Gourlay, Tom Farmer and Ant Law. He has performed throughout the UK and abroad with many groups, including Round Trip, Troykestra, Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra, Ant Law Quintet, James Maddren Quartet, Jack Davies Big Band, Andrea DiBiase’s Oltremare Quartet, Rick Simpson’s Klammer, Noise Union and Dan Nicholls’ Money Jungle and has featured on numerous recordings.

This Septet – his most recent project as a leader, formed in November 2014 – boasts a line-up which allows for structured and disciplined fully composed music, as well as real risk-taking improvisation, comprised as it is of seven of the UK’s most exciting and fearless improvisers. The heady blend of four reeds and a highly assertive and interactive rhythm section gives the group a distinctive and unique sound, and the music, inspired by such topics as arcade gaming, social media anxiety and Korean confectionary, is full of humour, colour and personality.

This band will be heading into the studio the day after this gig, to record what will be Michael’s debut album as a leader, to be released on Two Rivers Records in April 2016 – we can only recommend, in the strongest possible terms, that you come and join us on Monday so you don’t have to wait that long!

“Really special … Very complicated but full of wit and melody too. Clever Sod.” Liam Noble

“Chillingworth is emblematic of this generation of jazz musician: a sculptor and architect with a keen sense of form, flow, colour and texture”

As ever, doors open at 8:30pm; music from 9pm. Entry £10 (£5 students).

See you there!

Hooray – Summer’s nearly over!!!


We hope everyone’s been enjoying their Summer this year, but let’s face it – life without gigs at The Oxford isn’t ever that rewarding for anyone, and so we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be back with you from 7th September, bringing the traditional mix of exceptional original music, from the sweet and melodic to the batshit bonkers.

Let’s have a little preview at what’s on the horizon for September alone:

7th – Michael Chillingworth Septet – featuring Josh Arcoleo, Tom Challenger, George Crowley, Lewis Wright, Sam Lasserson and Jon Scott (on the eve of the band recording MC’s debut album!)

14th – Max Luthert‘s Orbital – featuring Gareth Lockrane, Duncan Eagles, Seb Pipe, Matt Robinson and Dave Hamblett

21st – Can of Worms presents: Sloth Racket – first of a new monthly residency for Can of Worms, hubristically enough, but rendered less so by the fact that they will all be double bills with a wicked other band! This time it’s Cath Roberts’ Sloth Racket, featuring Sam Andreae, Anton Hunter, Seth Bennett and Johnny Hunter

28th – Mark Pringle‘s ‘A Moveable Feast’ – featuring Joe Wright, Lluis Mather, James Banner and Euan Palmer

Also, the venerable Con Cellar Jazz (down the road in Camden) kicks back in on September 4th with an absolute snorter – check it at

Come one, come all! As ever it’ll be 8:30 doors, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.

See you in September!


Monday July 13th: Flying Ibex

We’ve come to the end of our season at The Oxford, but before we leave you until September there’s time and room for one last night of wonderful music, and on this occasion we’ve got something a little different, and a real treat, as we welcome Flying Ibex!


Flying Ibex formed in 2011 when songwriter Barnaby Keen met drummer/producer Dave De Rose living in an old south London church, commandeered by artists.
Starting his musical life as a Saxophone player, Barnaby Keen jumped from the train of galactic, Coltrane-inspired wanderings into a lush songwriting jungle whilst travelling in the northeast of Brazil. Back in Europe his near obsession produced an impressive catalogue of songs of every imaginable shape and size.
Dave De Rose’s musical influences are as broad as his abilities as a drummer, having been the rhythmic backbone for many a headline act over his career, including Mark Ronson, Mulatu Astatke, Jamie Cullum and Moloko.
They spent hours directing noises toward the Alter, filling the cavernous space with experimental music and playing around on an old hammond organ that the church had left behind. 
After returning from international duty with Soulstress Andreya Triana, Nathaniel Keen – a guitarist and highly accomplished music-maker in his own right – heard the noises from his nearby south London pad and quickly jumped on board Flying Ibex’ ship to provide decorative basslines and vocal harmonies.
They started off as the church house band, improvising along to silent film projections, trapeze shows and offbeat theatre pieces, no doubt helping cement their musical relationship into something firmly malleable. A common love of analogue sounds, incessant grooves and polished performances inticed them to form a band and start gigging their own material.
They listen to old African pop cassettes and Brazilian Maracatu, mess around with delay pedals, and generally run down avenues of sound that are potentially as weird as they are potentially accessible.
You can either deep-sea-dive into the songs or try and untangle yourself from the perfectly executed, uncivilised beats. Whatever you choose to do, the songs will stick in your mind and the band will serve you up an irresistible feast of wayward groove.

Come down and hang for some beautiful music and our end of season party!

As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.

See you there!

Monday July 6th: Phelan Burgoyne Trio

For our penultimate gig of the season here at Jazz @ The Oxford, we’re looking forward to welcoming the fantastic young drummer and composer Phelan Burgoyne and his trio.


Phelan Burgoyne Trio:

Phelan Burgoyne – drums / compositions

Martin Speake – alto saxophone

Rob Luft – guitar

The Phelan Burgoyne Trio is a recently formed close-knit improvising unit consisting of exiting young drummer and composer Phelan Burgoyne, British Jazz legend saxophonist Martin Speake and fearless guitarist Rob Luft. The trio primarily play Burgoyne’s own evocative compositions, but also specialise in free improvisation as well as their own take on a songs by the late great Paul Motian. Expect strong melodies, visceral grooves and mediative improvisations.

As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.

We hope to see you there!

Monday June 29th: Andrea Di Biase Quartet

Another week, another spellbinding gig in store at The Oxford, as we welcome the exemplary bassist and composer Andrea Di Biase with a wonderful quartet!

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Andrea Di Biase Quartet:

Andrea Di Biase – bass / compositions

Michael Chillingworth – saxophone

Nick Costley-White – guitar

Dave Hamblett – drums

Known for his work with the Escape Hatch Trio with Julian Argüelles, Kenny Wheeler, Bruno Heinen’s Dialogues Trio, his own Anglo-Italian Oltramare Quartet (which also features Michael Chillingworth) and many other wonderful ensembles, Milanese bassist and composer Andrea Di Biase is a sought-after performer across the UK and Europe. For this performance he teams up with some of London’s brightest young musical stars for an evening of beautiful music – at times lyrical, others complex – which is certain not to disappoint – not to be missed.

As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.

We hope to see you there!


Monday June 22nd: Lloyd Haines / Chris Hyson / Josh Arcoleo

This week at Jazz @ The Oxford we’re looking forward to welcoming one of the UK’s brightest young drummers, with a specially assembled and particularly brilliant trio! 1558376_10151820435470927_1011531769_n Lloyd Haines – drums Chris Hyson – bass Josh Arcoleo – saxophone Three leading lights of the young UK scene come together to form this exhilarating trio, with sonic and stylistic references coming from far and wide. This is not a gig to miss! Doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5. See you there!

Monday June 15th: Joshua Jaswon Quintet

This week at Jazz @ The Oxford we’re very excited to welcome the burning young alto saxophonist and composer Joshua Jaswon, and his stellar new Quintet!

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Joshua Jaswon Quintet:

Joshua Jaswon – Alto Saxophone

Freddie Gavita – Trumpet / Flugelhorn

Barry Green – Piano

Tom Farmer – Double Bass

Andy Chapman – Drums

Saxophonist and composer Joshua Jaswon has been a feature on the thriving London Jazz scene since his days as a student at the Guildhall, and this scintillating Quintet represents his latest work, and also the basis for his debut album, ‘Ribbons‘, released earlier this year. The music draws on the group’s interest in lyricism, swing, and the blues and reflects the ensemble’s intent to deliver engaging performances accessible to a wide-ranging audience, as well as Jaswon’s interest compositionally in developing strong melodic frameworks as the basis for the group’s improvisations. In the Quintet, Joshua is joined by some of the most in-demand and prolific young musicians on the UK scene: trumpeter Freddie Gavita, Barry Green on piano, Tom Farmer on double bass and Andy Chapman on drums.

This promises to be yet another very special evening of music – come and join us!

As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.

See you there!


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