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!

Monday September 8th: Can of Worms

Back from our Summer break, we’re kicking off an incredible looking Autumn Season with saxophonist & composer George Crowley’s Can of Worms!



photo – Alex Bonney

Can of Worms:

George Crowley – tenor saxophone

Tom Challenger – tenor saxophone

Dan Nicholls – piano

Sam Lasserson – double bass

Jon Scott – drums

Can of Worms explore the fun and unpredictable world between written and improvised music, with taught, tense grooves, wailing sax confessionals and all-out glorious free-jazz! Playing music from the new album recorded in July, which will see the light of day in February 2015.

Please come down, help us to launch our new season and enjoy some music from these great musicians!

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

See you there!

Autumn listings up!

We’ve just posted most of our gigs for the Autumn season – head over to the listings page to have a look.

Lots to look forward to! We’re back on September 8th with Can of Worms – see you there?

Monday July 7th: No Gig

Unfortunately our plans fell through and we haven’t been able to get the intended closer to our season tonight, and so there will not be a gig. It’s a shame to end on something of an anti-climax, but we’ve had some really amazing gigs recently, and we’ll be back in sept with another fantastic run of music.

Thanks to everyone who’s come and supported – see you in September!

Monday June 30th: Martin Speake Quartet

Finishing off what has been a really wonderful month of gigs here at Jazz at The Oxford, and coming to the end of our summer season, we’re delighted to welcome the legendary saxophonist and composer Martin Speake with this brilliant quartet!



Martin Speake Quartet:

Martin Speake – alto sax

Pete Hurt – tenor sax

Conor Chaplin – double bass

James Maddren – drums

Martin Speake has long been one of the most prolific and respected saxophonists and improvisers on the UK scene, performing and collaborating with a host of amazing musicians and producing many celebrated albums, including most recently a wonderful double album ‘Always a First Time’ with his trio with Mike Outram and Jeff Williams (a trio which will be fondly remembered by our regulars from recent gigs) and the beautiful ‘Change of Heart’ with Bobo Stenson, Mick Hutton and Paul Motian for ECM records.

For this gig Martin will be exploring, amongst other things, the music of titan Lennie Tristano, in the wonderful company of the masterful tenor saxophonist Pete Hurt (a rare treat to have Pete visit us twice in a few weeks!), brilliant young bassist Conor Chaplin and the ever thrilling drumming of James Maddren!

“Speake is a strikingly talented improviser with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration.”  – Encyclopedia of Popular Music

 “An alto saxophonist who sounds only like himself.”  – Dave Gelly – The Observer

This promises to be another exceptional gig at The Oxford, do come down and join us!

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

See you there!


Monday June 23rd: Bex Burch’s Vula Viel

We’ve got something very special and rather different this week at Jazz @ The Oxford, as we welcome this amazing band for a night of music from northern Ghana!


Vula Viel:

Bex Burch – gyil

Stephen Burke – vibraphone

Dan Nicholls – keyboard

George Crowley – saxophone

Dave De Rose – drums

Simon Roth – drums

Vula Viel (literally ‘Good is Good’ or ‘Good Remains’ in Dagaare) is the brainchild of percussionist Bex Burch, who spent years living in Ghana, studying the music. Over the last 18 or so months she has put together a remarkable band of musicians and improvisers and taught them this powerful music, resulting in a powerful sounds and joyous live performances.

In Bex’s own words:

‘The music is based on the powerful Dagaare music from Upper West Ghana bordering Burkina Faso. The gyil (Dagaare xylophone) is the centre of the funerals there and is an awesome instrument made of sacred Lliga wood and buzzing gourd resonators.

 I lived in Guo, a Dagaare village, as the apprentice to Thomas Segkura, a real living legend who I am extremely fortunate to of known in the last years of his life.  He was a generous and meticulous teacher and I learnt both making the Gyilli and playing, accompanying Thomas himself at funerals and ceremonies.
Vula Viel was the name given to me at my own naming ceremony in August 2008. After 5 years in the Dagaare tradition, the name no longer belongs to you, but rather you to it.  So I’m not naming the band after myself;  I am becoming the name, and I wanted to share that goal with the Band.  The meaning, Good is good explained is ‘the good you do remains when you leave.’
Working with the incredible line up of London Based musicians in Vula Viel, we have put this music together with that name leading us. This is not a simplified African generic sound. Each note is ‘Good’ and when every note has that intention, the outcome is Great.’

This promises to be a really wonderful and unique evening of music; please come down and share it with us – one of our last gigs of the Summer season, and surely this will be one to remember!
As ever, doors at 8:30, music from 9; entry only £5.
See you there!

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