Monday May 25th: NO JAZZ

We’re having a week off for the bank holiday – see you all back on June 1st with the wonderful Sara Mitra Group!

Enjoy the long weekend!

Monday May 18th: Marek Dorčík Quintet ft. Lukáš Oravec

Back to scheduled programming this week at Jazz @ The Oxford, and this week we’re looking forward to a stellar band which combines amazing musicians from the London and Slovakian scenes, via the amazing London-based Slovakian drummer Marek Dorčík.

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Marek Dorčík Quintet:

Marek Dorčík – drums

Lukáš Oravec – trumpet

Alam Nathoo – saxophone

Hannes Riepler – guitar

Mick Coady – bass

Following a successful tour of the north of the UK in 2013, dynamic young Slovakian drummer Marek Dorčík has been hitting the road again with long-time partner-in-crime, the fantastic Lukáš Oravec on trumpet. The pair have been collaborators since 2006, culminating in the recent release of Lukáš’ debut (and award-winning) album in August 2013 which features original compositions alongside tunes by Lukas’ main influences –  artists such as Freddie Hubbard and Tom Harrell –  and also features the phenomenal Slovakian alto saxophonist Radovan Tariška – a recommended listen which will be available at the gig!

For the Jazz @ The Oxford concert, Marek and Lukáš will be joined by some of the elite of London’s jazz scene – all respected band-leaders in their own right – with Hannes Riepler on guitar, Alam Nathoo on tenor and Mick Coady on bass.

This promises to be a great evening of contemporary jazz – do come and join us!

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

See you there!

 

Monday May 11th: Crowley / Lasserson / Scott

Coming up on Monday at Jazz @ The Oxford, contrary to what was previously advertised (the Phelan Burgoyne Trio will be joining us in July) we’re looking forward to welcoming a bespoke trio of saxophonist George Crowley, bassist Sam Lasserson and drummer Jon Scott.

George Crowley – saxophone
Sam Lasserson – bass
Jon Scott – drums

3/5 of George Crowley’s band Can of Worms assemble in this intimate and dynamic trio, showcasing original music and a few old favourites to boot.

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

See you there!

Monday May 4th: Sigurta / Casagrande / Glasgow

A rare bank holiday gig for us at The Oxford next week (well we couldn’t lose two gigs to bank holidays in May…) as we welcome a very special project featuring trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta, visiting guitarist Federico Casagrande and bassist Kevin Glasgow!

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Fulvio Sigurta – trumpet

Federico Casagrande – acoustic guitar

Kevin Glasgow – electric bass

We’re delighted to welcome London-based Italian trumpeter and composer Fulvio Sigurta and visiting countryman guitarist Federico Casagrande promoting their new record on CamJazz, ‘The Oldest Living Thing’ featuring the legendary bassist Steve Swallow (more than ably replaced on this gig by the brilliant Kevin Glasgow).

Extremely melodic and beautifully textured music, this will be an intimate and warm listening experience, and the perfect way to wrap up the bank holiday weekend!

‘The trumpeter’s silvery sound is a marvel, a simmering brew of Miles Davis, Kenny Wheeler, Scando-ambiance and Mediterranean warmth, and Swallow’s unhurried basslines and velvety sound float around it with a lazy grace.’ – John Fordham, The Guardian 4*

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

See you there!

 

 

 

Monday April 27th: Alex Bonney Quartet

Closing out a fantastic month of gigs this April at Jazz at The Oxford, we’re delighted to welcome the multifaceted trumpeter and composer Alex Bonney, with his stellar quartet!

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Alex Bonney Quartet:

Alex Bonney – trumpet / cornet / compositions

James Allsopp – reeds

Olie Brice – double bass

Jeff Williams – drums

The Alex Bonney Quartet use Alex’s compositions – influenced as much by American and European free jazz of the 1960s and 70s as by 20th Century ‘classical music’ – as starting points for open, interactive and exploratory improvisation. Comprised of some of the most in-demand and electrifying musicians around – wild reeds virtuoso Allsopp, superlative bassist Brice and US jazz drums legend Williams – this is an ensemble not to be missed!

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

See you there!

Monday April 20th: Martin Speake Trio

Another brilliant gig in store here at Jazz at The Oxford this coming Monday, as we play host to legendary UK saxophonist and composer Martin Speake and his formidable trio.

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Martin Speake Trio:

Martin Speake – alto saxophone

Mike Outram – guitar

James Maddren – drums

One of the foremost improvising saxophonists in the UK for many years, Martin Speake brings us his unique and intimate trio which assembles all of Martin’s musical influences alongside his favourite musical partners – meditative ballads, trance like grooves, free improvisation, minimalism, jazz standard songs, Arabic influenced music, heavy metal guitar and unaccompanied solos among many others combine to create an intoxicating and immersive soundworld.

In this longstanding trio format (they recently released the double album ‘Always a First Time‘ to great acclaim) Martin is joined by legendary and inspirational guitar wizard Mike Outram and, on this occasion, James Maddren on drums who has been at the forefront of the young UK jazz scene for many years now – this promises to be an incredible gig!

‘Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.’ –  Thomas Conrad,  Jazz Times

‘There is no musician with such complete control of the sounds coming out of a guitar. Mike Outram plays the sweetest wailing rock guitar in Britain. It’s a sound of great beauty.’ – Seb Scotney, London Jazz

Do come and join us for what will be an amazing night of music – we recommend arriving promptly for a good spot!

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

See you there!

Monday April 13th: Alec Harper Trios

Back with a bang after our bank holiday hiatus, Jazz @ The Oxford returns on Monday with a bumper double bill of improvised music lead by the fantastic saxophonist Alec Harper!

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One of London’s foremost and award-winning  young saxophonists, both in the realms of improvised music and jazz, Alec Harper leads two fascinating trios drawing on musical relationships from both sides of the Atlantic.

Opening the evening with the first set will be a trio featuring:

Alec Harper – tenor sax
Tom Wheatley – double bass
Andrew Lisle – drums

Harper, Wheatley and Lisle have been improvising together and also on the circuit for a few years in London, over the UK and throughout Europe and the U.S. This newly formed trio met through mutual friends on the London scene. The group play lengthy sweeping improvisations exploring sound worlds with abstract forms and textures. Strong rhythmic interactions are a key part of the trio’s identity.

The second group will feature:

Alec Harper – tenor sax
Andria Nicodemou – vibraphone
Mark Sanders – drums

Alec and Mark have collaborated together on the London Jazz/Improv scene over the past couple of years and are now joined by Andria Nicodemou, Cypriot Vibraphonist based in Boston. Alec and Andria first met in Boston where the pair studied at New England Conservatory and the pair have since gone on to perform together in Cyprus and now in London. This performance follows on from a recent debut by the trio at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston. The group combines 3 diverse musical personalities together with a sensitivity resulting in a broad range of possibilities for musical exploration.

This promises to be an incredible night of spontaneous music – do come and join us!

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

See you there!

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