Monday October 27th: Brass Mask

This week at The Oxford we’re presenting one of the most dynamic and exciting ensembles on the London scene as we welcome Tom Challenger’s Brass Mask!


Brass Mask:

Tom Challenger – tenor saxophone

Rory Simmons – trumpet

Alex Bonney – trumpet

George Crowley – tenor saxophone

Nathaniel Cross – trombone

Dan Nicholls – farfisa organ

Theon Cross – tuba

John Blease – drums

Led by reedsman Tom Challenger, Brass Mask is an octet of percussion, horns and now organ, delivering loping riffs, growling basslines and the old-time church spiritual groove of the American deep south. Their expansive sound is simultaneously mournful yet jubilant, taking the forms of gospel, Haitian Rara and the flamboyant African American street bands of New Orleans Mardi Gras as reference points for spontaneous improvisation.

It’s been a good couple of years since Brass Mask played at The Oxford, and this gig – a sort of warm up for the band’s Autumn festival appearances – promises to be a super-fiery one; don’t miss this opportunity to see this great ensemble for the measly sum of a fiver on the door!

As ever doors at 8:30; music from 9; entry only £5.

See you there!

Monday October 20th: Andrew Oliver Quintet

This week at The Oxford we’re very much looking forward to hosting the debut performance a hugely exciting new ensemble lead by pianist and composer Andrew Oliver – the Andrew Oliver Quintet!


Andrew Oliver Quintet:

Andrew Oliver – piano / compositions
Dave Shulman – clarinets
Ralph Wyld – vibraphone
Huw V Williams – double bass
Simon Roth – drums

Performing creative music for the curious listener, the Andrew Oliver Quintet weaves through minimalist textures, strong melodies, and subtle improvisation. The end result is genre-bending chamber jazz reflecting the dizzying diversity of music floating around everyone’s head in the modern age. Featuring a cast of fine improvisers from London’s thriving jazz scene, Andrew’s Quintet picks up where his Portland chamber-jazz group the Ocular Concern left off. In a 4-star review of the Ocular Concern album “Sister Cities,” Downbeat wrote: “If M.C. Escher had led a band, this would be the sound of it.”

The new London-based Quintet features Simon Roth on drums, a prolific improviser, composer and organiser, known for his interdisciplinary “Pop-Up Circus” events and his drumming with the award-winning Elliot Galvin Trio. The versatile Dave Shulman is featured on clarinet and bass clarinet. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Dave performs frequently in numerous styles ranging from klezmer to gypsy swing to contemporary free improvisation. Young vibraphonist Ralph Wyld, currently studying at the Royal Academy, has already distinguished himself in classical and jazz at a young age, having served as the principal percussionist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and performing with Troyk-estra, Rick Simpson’s Klämmer and many others. Welsh bassist Huw V Williams quickly came to the attention of London jazz audiences after performances with Huw Warren and NYC drummer Jim Black in 2013, and has been featured in a wide variety of creative music projects in the past few years in London and Wales.

Come and join us for the premiere of some wonderful new music played by these fantastic musicians and improvisers!

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

See you there!

Monday October 13th: Solstice

This week at Jazz @ The Oxford we’re very excited to be welcoming a formidable ensemble, a supergroup of incredible musicians, improvisers and composers from the E17 Collective – Solstice.



Brigitte Beraha – voice

Tori Freestone – saxophones / flutes

John Turville – piano

Jez Franks – guitar

Dave Manington – bass

George Hart – drums

Combining a variety of influences including Hermeto Pascoal, Pierre de Bethmann, Brian Blade’s Fellowship, Dave Binney and Edward Simon’s Oceanos, this new band was recently formed to explore some common influences of contrapuntal writing and to develop a variety of sonorities within the ensemble. Featuring some of the most sought-after and respected musicians on the UK scene, this should be a very special gig, and not one to be missed!

As ever, doors at 8:30, music from 9, entry only £5.

We hope to see you there!

Monday October 6th: Emmanuel Franklyn Adelabu Quintet

Kicking off October at The Oxford, it’s our pleasure to welcome a prolific you drummer and composer, Emmanuel Franklyn Adelabu, for his debut performance leading a great young band!



Emmanuel Franklyn Adelabu Quintet:

Emmanuel Franklyn Adelabu – drums / compositions

Leo Richardson – sax

George Winstone – sax

Elliot Galvin – piano

Michele Montolli – bass

Exciting young drummer / composer Emmanuel Franklyn Adelabu leads a cracking quintet featuring some of the most in-demand and impressive young musicians around the London scene, playing two sets of original music – come and check out some great new talent!

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

We hope to see you there!

Monday September 29th: Sara Mitra 7tet

We’re rounding off a spectacular September programme with yet another amazing night of music, as we welcome the sublime singer and songwriter Sara Mitra!


Sara Mitra 7tet:

Sara Mitra – voice / compositions

James Allsopp – reeds

Fulvio Sigurta – trumpet

Kit Downes – hammond organ

Rob Updegraaf – guitar

Riaan Vosloo – bass

Tim Giles – drums

Sara Mitra is a singer, songwriter and bandleader, whose new music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and country blues.  Her current digital release ‘Baltimore Oriole/In The Pines/The Secret Sorrow of A Travelling Man’ gives audiences a chance to hear select tracks from Mitra’s forthcoming second album ‘Losing You’.  Recorded using vintage tape technology, the 7tet’s reworking of the classic standard ‘Baltimore Oriole’ is already garnering airplay across the jazz/soul/alternative network, with the title track featured on Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 6 Music show and Dom Servini’s award-winning Wah Wah 45′s monthly broadcast. For this performance, Sara is joined by members of her peerless septet, featuring many of the most exciting names in the UK jazz and improvised music scenes – expect captivating storytelling and wonderful music!

“Wisely wry…a refreshing mix of the real and romantic.” Jazzwise Magazine

“Her skill as a songwriter and honesty as a performer shine through” Mercury Prize Recommends

“When I heard the album, I immediately became a fan of her voice… Absolutely brilliant.” Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

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

See you there!

Monday September 22nd: Jim Rattigan’s Pavillon

We’ve got something of a special event this week (although aren’t they all?!) as we welcome a rather ridiculous line-up to the warm and intimate room at The Oxford – featuring a formidable set of UK’s jazz talent, we’re delighted to present French Horn and composer Jim Rattigan’s ‘Pavillon’.



Jim Rattigan – french horn / compositions + arrangements

Martin Speake – alto saxophone

George Crowley – tenor saxophone

Mick Foster – baritone saxophone

Martin Shaw – trumpet

Percy Pursglove – trumpet

Robbie Robson – trumpet

Mark Nightingale – trombone

Richard Henry – bass trombone

Rick Simpson – piano

Calum Gourlay – double bass

Gene Caldarazzo – drums

We might well let that line-up speak for itself! Playing all original music, Jim Rattigan’s Pavillon will take us through two epic sets at The Oxford, combining fantastic musicianship with virtuosic improvising and some of the most highly-respected names on the UK and indeed international jazz and improvised music scenes. This is one of the band’s only gigs this year, and really not one to miss.

As ever, doors at 8:30, music from 9 – entry only £5!

We recommend arriving promptly to get a good seat.

See you there!

Monday September 15th: Ferg Ireland Quintet

Kicking on with our Autumn / Winter Season in some style, we’re delighted to welcome a heavyweight group of forward-thinking young London musicians, lead by the incredible bassist and composer Ferg Ireland!


Ferg Ireland Quintet:

Ferg Ireland – double bass / compositions

Mike Soper – trumpet

Jonathan Chung – tenor sax

Elliot Glavin – piano

George Bird – drums

Though it is still quite early days for this ensemble, bassist and bandleader Ferg Ireland has been a key figure on the young London Jazz scene for many years, working with a vast variety of musicians and within a huge range of soundworlds, from the joyous prohibition-era swing of Kansas Smitty’s to darker and more modernistic groups such as the Tom Hewson Quintet (whose gig this year our regulars will remember). For this gig with his new band, Ferg welcomes fellow young London jazz stars, including the award-winning pianist Elliot Galvin, to explore his own original compositions, with influences such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Steve Lehman, John Coltrane, Vijay Ayer and many others. Expect a dynamic and thrilling evening of music from these great young players!

As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9pm; entry only £5.

See you there!


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