Monday July 13th: Flying Ibex

We’ve come to the end of our season at The Oxford, but before we leave you until September there’s time and room for one last night of wonderful music, and on this occasion we’ve got something a little different, and a real treat, as we welcome Flying Ibex!


Flying Ibex formed in 2011 when songwriter Barnaby Keen met drummer/producer Dave De Rose living in an old south London church, commandeered by artists.
Starting his musical life as a Saxophone player, Barnaby Keen jumped from the train of galactic, Coltrane-inspired wanderings into a lush songwriting jungle whilst travelling in the northeast of Brazil. Back in Europe his near obsession produced an impressive catalogue of songs of every imaginable shape and size.
Dave De Rose’s musical influences are as broad as his abilities as a drummer, having been the rhythmic backbone for many a headline act over his career, including Mark Ronson, Mulatu Astatke, Jamie Cullum and Moloko.
They spent hours directing noises toward the Alter, filling the cavernous space with experimental music and playing around on an old hammond organ that the church had left behind. 
After returning from international duty with Soulstress Andreya Triana, Nathaniel Keen – a guitarist and highly accomplished music-maker in his own right – heard the noises from his nearby south London pad and quickly jumped on board Flying Ibex’ ship to provide decorative basslines and vocal harmonies.
They started off as the church house band, improvising along to silent film projections, trapeze shows and offbeat theatre pieces, no doubt helping cement their musical relationship into something firmly malleable. A common love of analogue sounds, incessant grooves and polished performances inticed them to form a band and start gigging their own material.
They listen to old African pop cassettes and Brazilian Maracatu, mess around with delay pedals, and generally run down avenues of sound that are potentially as weird as they are potentially accessible.
You can either deep-sea-dive into the songs or try and untangle yourself from the perfectly executed, uncivilised beats. Whatever you choose to do, the songs will stick in your mind and the band will serve you up an irresistible feast of wayward groove.

Come down and hang for some beautiful music and our end of season party!

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

See you there!

Monday July 6th: Phelan Burgoyne Trio

For our penultimate gig of the season here at Jazz @ The Oxford, we’re looking forward to welcoming the fantastic young drummer and composer Phelan Burgoyne and his trio.


Phelan Burgoyne Trio:

Phelan Burgoyne – drums / compositions

Martin Speake – alto saxophone

Rob Luft – guitar

The Phelan Burgoyne Trio is a recently formed close-knit improvising unit consisting of exiting young drummer and composer Phelan Burgoyne, British Jazz legend saxophonist Martin Speake and fearless guitarist Rob Luft. The trio primarily play Burgoyne’s own evocative compositions, but also specialise in free improvisation as well as their own take on a songs by the late great Paul Motian. Expect strong melodies, visceral grooves and mediative improvisations.

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

We hope to see you there!

Monday June 29th: Andrea Di Biase Quartet

Another week, another spellbinding gig in store at The Oxford, as we welcome the exemplary bassist and composer Andrea Di Biase with a wonderful quartet!

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Andrea Di Biase Quartet:

Andrea Di Biase – bass / compositions

Michael Chillingworth – saxophone

Nick Costley-White – guitar

Dave Hamblett – drums

Known for his work with the Escape Hatch Trio with Julian Argüelles, Kenny Wheeler, Bruno Heinen’s Dialogues Trio, his own Anglo-Italian Oltramare Quartet (which also features Michael Chillingworth) and many other wonderful ensembles, Milanese bassist and composer Andrea Di Biase is a sought-after performer across the UK and Europe. For this performance he teams up with some of London’s brightest young musical stars for an evening of beautiful music – at times lyrical, others complex – which is certain not to disappoint – not to be missed.

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

We hope to see you there!


Monday June 22nd: Lloyd Haines / Chris Hyson / Josh Arcoleo

This week at Jazz @ The Oxford we’re looking forward to welcoming one of the UK’s brightest young drummers, with a specially assembled and particularly brilliant trio! 1558376_10151820435470927_1011531769_n Lloyd Haines – drums Chris Hyson – bass Josh Arcoleo – saxophone Three leading lights of the young UK scene come together to form this exhilarating trio, with sonic and stylistic references coming from far and wide. This is not a gig to miss! Doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5. See you there!

Monday June 15th: Joshua Jaswon Quintet

This week at Jazz @ The Oxford we’re very excited to welcome the burning young alto saxophonist and composer Joshua Jaswon, and his stellar new Quintet!

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Joshua Jaswon Quintet:

Joshua Jaswon – Alto Saxophone

Freddie Gavita – Trumpet / Flugelhorn

Barry Green – Piano

Tom Farmer – Double Bass

Andy Chapman – Drums

Saxophonist and composer Joshua Jaswon has been a feature on the thriving London Jazz scene since his days as a student at the Guildhall, and this scintillating Quintet represents his latest work, and also the basis for his debut album, ‘Ribbons‘, released earlier this year. The music draws on the group’s interest in lyricism, swing, and the blues and reflects the ensemble’s intent to deliver engaging performances accessible to a wide-ranging audience, as well as Jaswon’s interest compositionally in developing strong melodic frameworks as the basis for the group’s improvisations. In the Quintet, Joshua is joined by some of the most in-demand and prolific young musicians on the UK scene: trumpeter Freddie Gavita, Barry Green on piano, Tom Farmer on double bass and Andy Chapman on drums.

This promises to be yet another very special evening of music – come and join us!

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

See you there!

Monday June 8th: Daniel Harding Israelsen Group

This week at Jazz @ The Oxford we’re delighted to welcome young Danish drummer Daniel Harding Israelsen with a killer quartet for two sets of your listening pleasure!


Daniel Harding Israelsen Group:

Daniel Harding Israelsen – drums

Martin Speake – saxophone

Hannes Riepler – guitar

Nick Jurd – bass

A prize-winning graduate of two London conservatoires, Danish drummer Daniel Harding Israelsen has been resident in London for the last few years, steadily building a reputation  as one of the great new drummers on the capital’s thriving jazz and improvised music scene.

For this gig, Daniel’s band will be paying tribute to the master pianist and composer Bill Evans, with the band being completed by master saxophonist and UK jazz veteran Martin Speake, London Jazz lynchpin and formidable guitarist Hannes Riepler, and the young star bassist Nick Jurd.

This promises to be yet another very special evening of music – do come down and join us!

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

See you there!


Monday June 1st: Sara Mitra Group

Jazz @ The Oxford is back with a bang after the bank holiday break, and we’re delighted to welcome back singer, composer and generally wonderful songstress Sara Mitra, with a beautiful quartet!


Sara Mitra Group:

Sara Mitra – voice

Rob Updegraaf – guitar

Will Bartlett – organ

Tim Giles – drums

A Time Out ‘Critics Choice’ live act, Sara Mitra’s music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and country blues. For this gig Sara is joined by an amazing band featuring long-time collaborators, and some of the most exciting players on the London scene, to support the release of her second album Losing Youlast month on Impossible Ark Records (only 13 vinyl left!); recorded using vintage tape technology, the music has already garnered significant airplay across the jazz/soul/alternative network, featuring on Jamie Cullum for BBC Radio 2, Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 6 Music show and Dom Servini’s award-winning Wah Wah 45’s monthly broadcast.

“A wonderful UK singer who really has a very individual sound and a great choice of repertoire as well… I’ve been playing her on the show a lot, (I) really love her versions of standards and her original tunes as well. The music she has been creating with Nostalgia 77 over the past few years is some of my favourite British vocal jazz of recent times”   o 2

“Just phenomenal…Emotional/vocal strength, energy, joy and a dream-band”  Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News

This promises to be another wonderful evening of music, song and stories – do come down and join us!

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

See you there!



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