This week at Jazz at The Oxford, we’re delighted to welcome the legendary drummer Jeff Williams; Jeff has been a regular feature at The Oxford with multiple groups over the past few years (when he hasn’t been in NYC), so it’s a particular treat to be able to welcome him with his own UK band, featuring some of the most amazing players on the scene!
Jeff Williams Quintet
Jeff Williams – drums / compositions
Finn Peters – alto sax, flute
Josh Arcoleo – tenor sax
Phil Robson – guitar
Sam Lasserson – double bass
In a career spanning four decades drummer Jeff Williams’ musical associates have included Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman and Lookout Farm, Joe Lovano, Paul Bley, Bill McHenry, Ethan Iverson, Tony Malaby, and many more. During the 1990′s Jeff performed with his own quintet and released two CDs of original compositions: Coalescence (SteepleChase) and Jazzblues (Cathexis). Since 2007 he has been based both in New York and London. In the UK Jeff has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and has toured with McHenry, Konitz, the Phil Robson/Dave Liebman Quartet, and Martin Speake’s Change of Heart (with Bobo Stenson). Jeff has also collaborated with The Hans Koller Quartet, Sextet and Big Band, Mike Gibbs Big Band, Nikki Iles, Kit Downes, Alex Merritt and Barry Green.
While Jeff’s New York Quartet (with John O’Gallagher, Duane Eubanks and John Hebert) has been the centre of international acclaim following his downbeat nominated record Another Time (a live album of the Quartet is coming next month from Whirlwind Recordings), his UK band has been blowing away audiences over the past few years, featuring as it does some of the most thrilling and versatile musicians the UK has to offer; this gig should be a very special one indeed!
“Any chance to hear Jeff Williams’ supple rhythmic flow is surely a treat.” K. Leander Williams, Time Out New York
As ever doors at 8:30, music from 9; entry only £5
See you there!