Monday April 21st: No Gig

We’re having a little week off next week for the bank holiday; gigs recommence the following Monday with the great Phil Meadows Group – do come join us for that, and meanwhile enjoy your bank holiday weekend.

Monday April 14th: Olie Brice Quartet

This week at Jazz @ The Oxford we’re looking forward to welcoming a really exciting and individual ensemble, lead by the great bassist Olie Brice.

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Olie Brice Quartet:

Olie Brice - double bass / compositions

Alex Bonney – trumpet

George Crowley – saxophone

Jeff Williams – drums

One of the UK’s most respected young musicians on the improvised music scene and beyond, Brice leads this stellar quartet performing his own compositions which act as springboards for spontaneous improvising and composing in the moment. With the brilliant Alex Bonney, saxophonist Crowley and the inspiring and legendary US drummer Jeff Williams, this gig will be really spectacular!

“Brice makes the entire body of his bass sing. He has the ability to deliver a fractal line that is as purposeful as any by the great jazz bassists, but to do so within an entirely abstract setting” – Brian Morton, Point of Departure

“Consistently inspired” – The Wire

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

See you there!

Monday April 7th: John Lowrie Quartet

This week at Jazz @ The Oxford, we’re very excited to welcome an amazing new quartet, featuring some of the most exciting players from up north of the border, and lead by the fantastic drummer / composer John Lowrie!

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John Lowrie Quartet:

John Lowrie – drums

George Crowley – saxophone

Tom Gibbs – piano

Euan Burton – double bass

Originally from Dumfries, Glasgow based musician John Lowrie began learning accordion aged 4. After picking up piano a few years later and drums a few years after that, John’s main interest became jazz and drums his first instrument. He joined Dumfries Youth Jazz Group and eventually played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. Now, a scholarship student entering his 4th year studying Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Tommy Smith, he is becoming an increasingly in demand sideman on the UK jazz scene. He has performed alongside musicians such as Arild Andersen, Mike Janisch and Randy Brecker whilst regularly performing with ‘Bink’, a co-lead quartet that have embarked on several UK tours to critical acclaim. He has also worked with folk artists such as the Hamish Napier Band, fiddler Daniel Thorpe and acclaimed duo Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.

In this brand new quartet, Lowrie is joined by some of the most exciting musicians on the Scottish scene, in the form of award-winning pianist Tom Gibbs and Euan Burton on double bass; the band is completed by London-based saxophonist George Crowley.

This promises to be a really wonderful evening of original contemporary music – do come down and join us!

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

See you there!

Monday March 31st: Hans Koller Quartet featuring John O’Gallagher

We’ve got a very special event this week at Jazz @ The Oxford, rounding off what has been a brilliant month of gigs in some style with the ONLY London date from this incredible quartet, lead by the Hans Koller and featuring the remarkable New York saxophonist John O’Gallagher!

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Hans Koller Quartet:

Hans Koller – rhodes

John O’Gallagher – alto saxophone

Percy Pursglove – double bass

Jeff Williams – drums

We’re very, very excited to be hosting this great band lead by the formidable pianist and composer Hans Koller, and to welcome John O’Gallagher to The Oxford for the first time!

John O’Gallagher has been a presence on the New York scene for the past twenty years, working professionally with many of the major artists in jazz, including Joe Henderson (winning a Grammy for the recording Joe Henderson Big Band), Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Richie Beirach, Drew Gress, Ben Monder, Bob Belden and many more. As a composer and leader he has received critical acclaim for his recordings Abacus – Arabesque Records, Dirty Hands – Clean Feed, Line of Sight – Fresh Sound New Talent, Rules of Invisiblity Vol. 1 & 2 – CIMP and Axiom – CIMP which feature music for quintet, quartet and trio, and most recently for his album The Anton Webern Project on Whirlwind Recordings. He is also the author of the book Twelve Tone Improvisation, published by Advance Music.

The Quartet is completed by the masterful bassist Percy Pursglove and US drum legend Jeff Williams.

You can read a great preview from Hans here.

We have great original music at The Oxford every week, but this one is going to be a bit special! Do come down and join us for a rare opportunity to see these amazing musicians in an intimate space like The Oxford – we recommend arriving promptly for a good spot.

See you there!

Monday March 24th: Tom Hewson Quintet + Calum Gourlay Solo

Continuing what so far has been a pretty stellar month here at Jazz @ The Oxford (and look out for our March finale on the 31st!) we’re very, very excited to welcome not one, but TWO debut gigs to the club next Monday!

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Tom Hewson Quintet:

Tom Hewson – piano / compositions

Nick Malcolm – trumpet

George Crowley – reeds

Ferg Ireland – double bass

James Maddren – drums

This new project from fantastic pianist / composer Tom Hewson has been in the works for some months now, and we’re delighted to be hosting their very first performance! With a formidable line-up and all new, original compositions by Tom, we suspect this set’s going to be quite a treat!

“Emerging piano virtuoso…one to watch” TimeOut     

“Beautiful, adventurous piano playing” John Taylor

Meanwhile, the first half of Monday’s gig…:

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Calum Gourlay - solo double bass

We’re equally excited to have Calum Gourlay, one of the most highly-demanded and respected bassists in the UK, performing a solo set for us. While this will be Calum’s first ever solo performance, he will be familiar to all of you through his peerless playing with some of the leading lights of the UK jazz scene, including Kit Downes’ Trio and Quintet, Martin Speake, Dave Hamblett, Sheila Jordan and Stacey Kent as well as holding down the bass chair in the prestigious Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Clearly, this will be an evening of music not to miss! We might even go so far as to suggest you get down a little earlier for a good seat…

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

See you there!

 

Monday March 17th: Dan Messore’s ‘Paladins’

This week at Jazz at The Oxford, we’re delighted to welcome yet another wonderful band lead by a great guitarist / composer, in the form of Dan Messore and Paladins!

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Paladins:

Dan Messore – guitar

Gareth Lockrane – flutes

Ross Stanley – organ

Tim Giles – drums

Led by guitarist Dan Messore and featuring a formidable line up, Paladins explore Messore’s compositions inspired by the work of guitarists John Scofield and Peter Bernstein with the great organist Larry Goldings. With emphasis on melody and tasteful presentation, the performance promises a beautiful range of music with strong interaction and adventurous improvisations.

…”it’s fair to quote names like Pat Metheny and the aforesaid Frisell as references, but the seam of jazz Messore is mining goes further back to such as Charlie Byrd and Jim Hall.”
- Kevin Le Genre BBC Music Review

…The evocative power of Messore’s music is evident from the outset in the open spaces and Jarrett-like lyricism…A formidable improviser with an assured sense of narrative ebb and flow.” 
– Peter Quinn, Jazzwise

What a line-up! This promises to be a really fantastic evening of music – get there early for a good seat!

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

See you there!

ps. Still time to catch the second two nights of CONFEST at the Con Cellar Bar, Camden – info and tickets at http://concellarjazz.co.uk

Monday March 10th: Vitor Pereira Quintet

This week we’re looking forward to welcoming brilliant guitarist and composer Vitor Pereira, along with his fantastic band, as part of their current UK tour!

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Vitor Pereira Quintet:
Vitor Pereira guitar / compositions
Chris Williams - alto saxophone
George Crowley - tenor saxophone
Andrea Di Biase - double bass
Dave Hamblett - drums

Based in London, guitarist Vitor Pereira’s quintet was originally formed in 2009. Initially a quartet, they have been focusing mainly on original music and experimenting through a broad range of aesthetics (as well as band members). It’s clearly been time well spent, culminating in the fully grown and conceptually mature band it is today, with tunes full of weaving, intricate melodies and off-kilter yet catchy rhythms.

The group’s Portugal-born leader studied classical guitar before moving into jazz, and despite its obvious jazz roots Pereira’s music unveils a vast background of musical influences where energetic and catchy riffs, together with hints of classical and world music, create a unique and dynamic sound capable of captivating even the most reluctant listener.

“Pereira merges technique and creativity to hit the target” – All About Jazz

“an intriguing group with a strong line-up and well-delivered compositions” – Jazz Breakfast

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

See you there!

DON’T FORGET: this week our friends at the Con Cellar Bar – Camden’s best-loved grass roots, progressive jazz night – are putting on CONFEST, a three day festival of exceptional music from Thursday 13th-Saturday 15th; check out the lineup and get your tickets via their website: http://concellarjazz.co.uk/listings

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