Monday February 2nd: Angus Bayley’s Scrapbook Septet

This week at The Oxford it’s our pleasure to welcome the brilliant young pianist and composer Angus Bayley, and his Scrapbook Septet!

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Scrapbook Septet:

Angus Bayley – piano / compositions

Dave Hamblett – drums

Paul Trippett – bass

Kieran McLeod – tbn

Alaric Taylor – tpt

Nick Sigsworth – violin

Daisy Watkins – viola

Though he actually studied as a scientist, 25 year old London-based pianist and composer Angus Bayley has never been far from music and has been an active musician all the while, as well as a prolific composer. His music for the Scrapbook Septet is both pensive and poignant, clad in a delicate timbre of horns and – tonight for the first time – strings (Daisy Watkins, Nick Sigsworth), where each tune is a heartfelt ode that sits somewhere between jazz, folk and rock, underpinned by chord sequences that tell a story in their own right.

Bayley’s arrangements are in it for the long game – pretty melodies dance and swell over the course of minutes, gradually transforming into fierce and fiery chordal riffs loaded with dark and beautiful harmony. Tunes are interspersed with the improvisational input of young horn stars Alaric Taylor and Kieran McLeod, vibrantly supported by an ever-shifting and responsive rhythm section comprising Dave Hamblett and Paul Trippett.

This promises to be a really lovely gig – do come and join us!

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

See you there!

Monday January 26th: DOUBLE BILL: Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic + Can of Worms

Straight back into action after last week’s cancellation! We said we’d have Ralph Wyld’s band Mosaic back at the soonest opportunity, and we weren’t kidding, so we’re delighted to be able to present them this week in a great double bill opposite George Crowley’s Can of Worms!

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Mosaic:

Ralph Wyld – vibes / compositions
James Copus – trumpet
Sam Rapley – clarinets
Cecilia Bignall – cello
Misha Mullov-Abbado – bass
Ben Brown – drums/percussion

Though still a student at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music, Ralph is already widely recognised as a hugely versatile and in-demand player on London’s exciting jazz and new music scene – regulars to The Oxford will remember his contribution to excellent gigs from Rick Simpson’s Klämmer and the Michael Chillingworth Septet, and he has also been a member of the brilliant Troykestra, among many others. For this gig we have the pleasure of hearing Ralph’s own writing with the interesting line-up of Mosaic, which features many other rising stars.

Featuring an array of young talent, and a huge diversity of influences, Mosaic was created as a means of bringing together people, ideas and genres. The lineup provides Wyld, as a composer and arranger, with a spectacular textural and timbral palette, from glistening, transparent treble to powerful, earth-shuddering bass. The unique character of each player is also highly valued, with improvisation taking a central role.

Examples of the broad range of influences on the music include Shostakovich, Copland and Piazzolla as well as Gil Evans, Vince Mendoza, Kenny Wheeler and Bill Frisell.

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Can of Worms:

George Crowley – sax

Tom Challenger – sax

Dan Nicholls – keys

Sam Lasserson – double bass

Jon Scott – drums

A set of anarchic, freewheeling jazz from George Crowley’s five-piece, as they warm up for a tour promoting the release of their new album on Whirlwind Recordings!

This promises to be a very special evening of music from two great bands – please come down and join us!

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

See you there!

Tonight’s gig from Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic CANCELLED

We deeply regret that tonight’s gig from Ralph Wyld and his band Mosaic has had to be cancelled at very late notice due to an unfortunate (and very rare) double booking at The Oxford.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused, and we hope to have Ralph and the band at The Oxford as soon as possible!
If you know anybody who was planning to go, please help pass this message on.
Thanks.

Monday January 19th: Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic

Yet more treats in store at The Oxford next week, as we welcome the dazzling young vibes player and composer Ralph Wyld and his band Mosaic!

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Mosaic:

Ralph Wyld – vibes / compositions
James Copus – trumpet
Sam Rapley – clarinets
Cecilia Bignall – cello
Misha Mullov-Abbado – bass
Ben Brown – drums/percussion

Though still a student at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music, Ralph is already widely recognised as a hugely versatile and in-demand player on London’s exciting jazz and new music scene – regulars to The Oxford will remember his contribution to excellent gigs from Rick Simpson’s Klämmer and the Michael Chillingworth Septet, and he has also been a member of the brilliant Troykestra, among many others. For this gig we have the pleasure of hearing Ralph’s own writing with the interesting line-up of Mosaic, which features many other rising stars.

Featuring an array of young talent, and a huge diversity of influences, Mosaic was created as a means of bringing together people, ideas and genres. The lineup provides Wyld, as a composer and arranger, with a spectacular textural and timbral palette, from glistening, transparent treble to powerful, earth-shuddering bass. The unique character of each player is also highly valued, with improvisation taking a central role.

Examples of the broad range of influences on the music include Shostakovich, Copland and Piazzolla as well as Gil Evans, Vince Mendoza, Kenny Wheeler and Bill Frisell.

This promises to be a wonderful evening of music – come down to be blown away by some of the younger musicians on the scene today!

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

See you there!

 

Monday January 12th: Corrie Dick Group

Hello London jazz / music fans and a very Happy New Year!

We’re delighted to be back in business for 2015 as of Monday 12th, and we have a particularly stunning gig to kick things off, welcoming award-winning drummer and composer Corrie Dick and his all-star young band!

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Corrie Dick Group:

Corrie Dick – drums / compositions

Laura Jurd – trumpet

Alice Zawadzki – voice / violin

Joe Wright – tenor / sop saxes / whistle

George Crowley – tenor sax

Matt Robinson – piano

Joe Webb – organ / keyboards

Felix Higginbottom – percussion

Conor Chaplin – basses

Former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year Corrie Dick leads this brilliant ensemble through his dynamic and varied compositions. From wistful, folky lilts which speak of Dick’s homeland to vibrant North-African influenced dances to plaintive song, the music is full of character and colour and played expertly by this impressive young ensemble, fresh from recording their debut album on a residency in November 2014 and comprised of some of the most in-demand and impressive young musicians on the London scene.

This promises to be a spectacular gig to kick off our Winter / Spring season – do come and join us and remember to check the listings page for other upcoming events – there is a lot to look forward to!

Finally, our monthly sister venue at The Constitution basement in Camden (better known as the Con Cellar Bar) is also back in action this Friday January 9th, featuring sets from the Mike Fletcher Trio (with Olie Brice and Jeff Williams) and the Martin Speake Trio (with Hannes Riepler and Jeff Williams) – come and say ‘hi’ and enjoy some amazing music!

See you there – for both gigs it’s doors at 8:30, music from 9; entry only £5.

 

That’s us for 2014 – see you in January!

No more Monday gigs at The Oxford until January 12th, 2015, so enjoy some Mondays off and have a wonderful holiday season. Huge thanks to everyone who has supported the music this year, either through coming and playing or simply attending and listening – you make it all worthwhile!

We’ll be back on January 12th with Corrie Dick’s Band of Dreams (may not be actual band name) featuring Alice Zawadzki, Laura Jurd, Joe Wright, George Crowley, Matt Robinson, Joe Webb, Conor Chaplin and Felix Higginbottom! Listings for early 2015 to be announced soon – there is some seriously, seriously good music on the horizon!

See you in 2015 x

Monday December 8th: SPECIAL EVENT – Melquiades Quartet feat. Rory Simmons

It’s our last gig of 2014 this Monday, and to mark the occasion we’re very lucky to be hosting a special, one-off event welcoming some incredible musicians from France in collaboration with UK trumpeter Rory Simmons!

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Melquiades Quartet:

Matia Levréro – guitar, compositions

Matthieu Chedeville – saxophon

Alfred Vilayleck – electric bass

Julien Grégoire – drums

+ Rory Simmons – trumpet

It’s our very great pleasure to welcome these great French musicians from the prolific Montpellier-based Koa Collectif, in collaboration with the great Rory Simmons. The Melquiades Quartet takes it’s inspiration from traditional musics around the world, music from the Balkans, Portugal, Scotland or
Argentina blended with jazz, rock and free traditions.

This promises to be a very exciting gig, and a perfect way to wrap up what has been a brilliant year of gigs at The Oxford. As ever, doors at 8:30, music from 9; entry only £5.

See you there!

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