Monday November 30th: Alex Merritt Quartet

Back after our ‘London Jazz Festival recovery hiatus’, we move penultimate gig of the year, and as ever, we’ve a real treat in store for you as we welcome the wonderful saxophonist and composer Alex Merritt and his brilliant Quartet!


Alex Merritt Quartet:

Alex Merritt – saxophone / compositions

John Turville – piano

Sam Lasserson – bass

James Maddren – drums

Alex Merritt has been a mainstay on the thriving London scene for some years now, impressing audiences and musicians alike with his original linear approach to improvising, telling patient and fascinating stories and referencing a huge range of influences, from Tristano-school lines to colourful contemporary classical music and much in between.

This gig is a pre-release concert of sorts, as the band is set to launch Alex’s long-awaited debut album ‘Anatta’ on the F-IRE label in December, but you can catch them here on Monday for two sets of beautiful music. The Quartet is completed by incredible Parliamentary Award-winning pianist John Turville, the dynamic go-to bassist Sam Lasserson and the incredible James Maddren, who is standing in as Jeff Williams is currently out of action injured (get well soon Jeff!) – not a band or a gig to miss!

This promises to be an incredible night of music – we hope you can come and join us!

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

See you there!



Monday November 16th: EFG London Jazz Festival – Corrie Dick Group

The mighty London Jazz Festival is upon us, and as ever we’re delighted to present a gig from the home-grown heart of London’s jazz and improv scene, this year playing host to the masterful young drummer and composer Corrie Dick and his spectacular band!

corrie dick

Corrie Dick Group:

Corrie Dick – drums / compositions

Alice Zawadzki – voice / violin

Laura Jurd – trumpet

George Crowley – saxophone

Rob Luft – guitar

Joe Webb – organ

Conor Chaplin – bass

Felix Higginbottom – percussion

Led by young Scottish drum sensation Corrie Dick, this 8-piece super-band – featuring young stars such as Alice Zawadzki, Laura Jurd and Rob Luft – performs genuinely euphoric, triumphant original music composed by it’s dynamic and ever innovating leader. Soaring anthems surge from emotional landscapes awash with exciting grooves and textures. Catch Chaos Collective’s prince of percussion at his most fulfilled.

Do come down and join us – get there early for a good seat!

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

See you there!

Monday November 9th: Brass Mask

Another real treat in store this week at Jazz @ The Oxford, as we welcome back saxophonist and composer Tom Challenger’s Brass Mask!

brass mask live cover

Artwork: Dan Nicholls

Brass Mask:

Tom Challenger – sax

Rory Simmons – trumpet

Alex Bonney – cornet

George Crowley – sax

Nathaniel Cross – trombone

Dan Nicholls – organ / synth

Theon Cross – tuba

John Blease – drums / percussion

Jon Scott – drums / percussion

Starting life in early 2012, Tom Challenger’s group Brass Mask has fast become a powerhouse of vibrant, colourful, raucous and groove-driven music, drawing inspiration from New Orleans Second Line, Haitian parade music, Chicago improv and a healthy dose of London grit.

Despite the band having performed a good dozen or so European dates since their last Oxford date, this is only their fourth London appearance since, and promises to be a whirlwind of joyous noise, and one not to be missed, as the lineup expands to include some longstanding friends and collaborators.

Come one, come all. Bring bells.

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

We hope to see you there!

Monday November 2nd: Tori Freestone Trio

Back from that brief hiatus, we’re very excited to be kicking off a *packed* November lineup with this incredible trio, lead by saxophonist and composer Tori Freestone!

tori trio

Tori Freestone Trio:

Tori Freestone – sax

Dave Manington – double bass

Tim Giles – drums

Tori Freestone is one of the UK’s most individual saxophone voices, known for her work with with such diverse bands as the Ivo Neame Quintet/Octet, ‘Compassionate Dictatorship’ (her own co-led group with Jez Franks) and Rory Simmons as well as artists such as the Cuban group ’Orquesta Timbala’, Brigitte Beraha, Andy Sheppard and trumpeter Neil Yates, but equally for this brilliant trio, whose 2014 debut ‘In The Chop House‘ which garnered rave reviews. The trio, which sees her partnered with the brilliant rhythm team of Dave Manington and Tim Giles, has been developing Tori’s repertoire which explores the openness that the saxophone trio allows and makes for captivating music. We’re very lucky that the trio are joining us as they prepare to record their second album – we can prepare for an amazing night of music!

“Freestone has clearly listened widely, but her musicality and broad experiences have stirred all that input into an imposingly original sound”, John Fordham, The Guardian  ****

“This absorbing collection heralds the arrival of a fine trio and a new talent in the thriving British jazz scene—here’s to more good times around the corner”,  Phil Barnes, All About Jazz *****

“This is a tightly integrated trio in which Tori’s adventurous tenor sax lines mesh with Dave Manington’s bass and the drums of Tim Giles. The three work hand in glove to produce some fascinating improvised lines, always melodic, always swinging and always of interest to the alert listener”  Derek Ansell, Jazz Journal *****

Another brilliant gig awaits – do arrive promptly for a good seat!

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

See you there!

Monday October 26th: NO GIG

— No gig next week; you are encouraged to check out the Vula Viel album launch at Rich Mix, perhaps, as an alternative…. —

However, get a load of what’s in store for November:

2nd – Tori Freestone Trio w/ Dave Manington & Tim Giles
9th – 10 piece Brass Mask honkathon w/ extra trumpet, percussion – epic…
16th -LJF special with Corrie Dick’s Band of Joy feat. Jurd, Zawadzki + more…
23rd – NO GIG – deal with your LJF recoveries and see you for…:
30th – Alex Merritt’s Quartet w/ John Turville, Sam Lasserson and Jeff Williams.


Monday October 19th: Can of Worms presents: Matthew Herd / Will Glaser

For this second instalment of the ‘Can of Worms presents’ residency, we’re delighted to welcome a very killing, colourful and characterful duo from saxophonist Matthew Herd and drummer Will Glaser!


Matthew Herd – alto / soprano saxes

Will Glaser – drums / percussion

This duo between rising stars Herd and Glaser – due to be recorded soon – is the product of years of collaboration and experimentation, playing characterful original pieces full of strong melody and groove creating pieces rich in improvisational freedom and intricate design, with a fullness of sound which belies the sparse instrumentation – come and check them out!



CoW 1 (Alex Bonney)

Can of Worms:

George Crowley / Tom Challenger – reeds

Dan Nicholls – piano

Sam Lasserson – bass

Jon Scott – drums

George Crowley’s dysfunctional five-piece continue their search for deeper meaning in his laconic musical offerings.

Another evening of exciting new music awaits – get yourselves down!

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

See you there!


Monday October 12th: ELDA feat. Chris Mapp

This week at Jazz @ The Oxford we’re continuing with the theme of brilliant improvised music, and welcoming three amazing musicians from the Birmingham scene for an evening of spontaneous music and soundscapes.

jato brum improv


Aaron Diaz – trumpet / electronics

Andrew Woodhead – piano / fx

Chris Mapp – bass / electronics

ELDA is a longstanding collaboration between Aaron Diaz  and Andrew Woodhead. Inspired by groups such as Food and Supersilent, their improvisations blend acoustic sounds and live electronics to create shifting musical landscapes. They often feature guest performers in their sets, most recently doing a tour with Norwegian vocalist Kari Eskild Havenstrøm (Trondheim Voices, Kristoffer Lo). They will be joined for this gig by Jazzlines Fellow Chris Mapp (Paul Dunmall, Mark Sanders) and also J@TO resident reprobate George Crowley on tenor sax.

This promises to be a really special evening of music, and a great chance to catch some incredible musicians from another scene!

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

See you there!


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