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!
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!