We’re kicking off another killer month at Jazz @ The Oxford with a veritable supergroup of Loop Collective musicians, some of whom we don’t get to see too often over here, gathered together by the amazing Dave Smith!
Dave Smith – drums
Robin Fincker – saxophone
Tom Challenger – saxophone
Alex Bonney – trumpet / electronics
Dan Nicholls – keyboard / electronics
London audiences for new & improvised music have been missing a bit of Dave Smith in their lives recently, mainly because he has been touring prolifically in Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters, but we’re absolutely delighted to have him back with a specially assembled band of incredible musicians!
Dave is best known for his work with traditional Sabar drumming from The Gambia. As co-founder of Loop Collective Dave has been part of some of the most adventurous, and accessible, musical projects in the UK. A co-leader of Outhouse Ruhabi (alongside Fincker and Challenger)which featured five Gambian Sabar drummers, and Sabar dance driven Dakar/London band Fofoulah, he is the man behind the most fruitful collision of West African drum music and European jazz yet to surface.
French saxophonist and clarinettist Robin Fincker lived in London for over 10 years and now divides his time between the British and the French music scenes. A hyperactive project-instigator and an in-demand sideman, Robin’s work is reflective of his taste for new experiences as well as his desire to draw from a musical spectrum that is free from stylistic concerns, and this has seen him share the stage with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Evan Parker, Hilmar Jensson, Vincent Courtois, John Tchicai, Paul Rogers, Mikkel Ploug to name but a few.
Tom Challenger is a key figure on London’s new music and jazz scenes, leading and engaging with numerous current and forward thinking projects, including Brass Mask, Fofoulah, Outhouse, Ma, Dice Factory and Can of Worms.
Alex Bonney is a trumpeter and laptop-ist who co-leads and composes for a variety of projects including Splice, electro acoustic trio Leverton Fox, BABs and an improvising duo with bassist Dave Kane. He also leads the Alex Bonney Trio performing original compositions with Jeff Williams and Olie Brice. He is a sideman with several other projects including Andrew Plummer’s World Sanguine Report, James Allsopp’s Golden Age of Steam, Riaan Vosloo’s Examples of Twelves, Nostalgia 77, Steve Davis’ Human, Sefiroth, and various other improvised music projects.
Dan Nicholls is a London-based keyboardist, producer, reeds player and composer also working with video and animation. He has worked extensively in the fields of Indian classical music, various African musics, jazz and has also produced work with film, visual art and contemporary dance. As a performer he has achieved great success as a composer and bandleader, leading projects in Berlin, London and Copenhagen.
An amazing assembly of musicians, and it will be a pleasure to welcome back a few faces who, though we’ve not seen them with us for a while, were instrumental in setting up and establishing this night at The Oxford – we can’t wait to hear what they have in store for us!
As ever, doors at 8:30, music from 9; please note entry is now £10 / £5 concessions for students - statement on that here.
We really hope to see you for what will be an awesome evening of live music and improvisation.
See you there!