Autumn listings up!

We’ve just posted most of our gigs for the Autumn season – head over to the listings page to have a look.

Lots to look forward to! We’re back on September 8th with Can of Worms – see you there?

Monday July 7th: No Gig

Unfortunately our plans fell through and we haven’t been able to get the intended closer to our season tonight, and so there will not be a gig. It’s a shame to end on something of an anti-climax, but we’ve had some really amazing gigs recently, and we’ll be back in sept with another fantastic run of music.

Thanks to everyone who’s come and supported – see you in September!

Monday June 30th: Martin Speake Quartet

Finishing off what has been a really wonderful month of gigs here at Jazz at The Oxford, and coming to the end of our summer season, we’re delighted to welcome the legendary saxophonist and composer Martin Speake with this brilliant quartet!

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Martin Speake Quartet:

Martin Speake – alto sax

Pete Hurt – tenor sax

Conor Chaplin – double bass

James Maddren – drums

Martin Speake has long been one of the most prolific and respected saxophonists and improvisers on the UK scene, performing and collaborating with a host of amazing musicians and producing many celebrated albums, including most recently a wonderful double album ‘Always a First Time’ with his trio with Mike Outram and Jeff Williams (a trio which will be fondly remembered by our regulars from recent gigs) and the beautiful ‘Change of Heart’ with Bobo Stenson, Mick Hutton and Paul Motian for ECM records.

For this gig Martin will be exploring, amongst other things, the music of titan Lennie Tristano, in the wonderful company of the masterful tenor saxophonist Pete Hurt (a rare treat to have Pete visit us twice in a few weeks!), brilliant young bassist Conor Chaplin and the ever thrilling drumming of James Maddren!

“Speake is a strikingly talented improviser with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration.”  – Encyclopedia of Popular Music

 “An alto saxophonist who sounds only like himself.”  – Dave Gelly – The Observer

This promises to be another exceptional gig at The Oxford, do come down and join us!

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

See you there!

 

Monday June 23rd: Bex Burch’s Vula Viel

We’ve got something very special and rather different this week at Jazz @ The Oxford, as we welcome this amazing band for a night of music from northern Ghana!

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Vula Viel:

Bex Burch – gyil

Stephen Burke – vibraphone

Dan Nicholls – keyboard

George Crowley – saxophone

Dave De Rose – drums

Simon Roth – drums

Vula Viel (literally ‘Good is Good’ or ‘Good Remains’ in Dagaare) is the brainchild of percussionist Bex Burch, who spent years living in Ghana, studying the music. Over the last 18 or so months she has put together a remarkable band of musicians and improvisers and taught them this powerful music, resulting in a powerful sounds and joyous live performances.

In Bex’s own words:

‘The music is based on the powerful Dagaare music from Upper West Ghana bordering Burkina Faso. The gyil (Dagaare xylophone) is the centre of the funerals there and is an awesome instrument made of sacred Lliga wood and buzzing gourd resonators.

 I lived in Guo, a Dagaare village, as the apprentice to Thomas Segkura, a real living legend who I am extremely fortunate to of known in the last years of his life.  He was a generous and meticulous teacher and I learnt both making the Gyilli and playing, accompanying Thomas himself at funerals and ceremonies.
Vula Viel was the name given to me at my own naming ceremony in August 2008. After 5 years in the Dagaare tradition, the name no longer belongs to you, but rather you to it.  So I’m not naming the band after myself;  I am becoming the name, and I wanted to share that goal with the Band.  The meaning, Good is good explained is ‘the good you do remains when you leave.’
Working with the incredible line up of London Based musicians in Vula Viel, we have put this music together with that name leading us. This is not a simplified African generic sound. Each note is ‘Good’ and when every note has that intention, the outcome is Great.’

This promises to be a really wonderful and unique evening of music; please come down and share it with us – one of our last gigs of the Summer season, and surely this will be one to remember!
As ever, doors at 8:30, music from 9; entry only £5.
See you there!

Monday June 16th: Geoff Simkins / Pete Hurt Quintet

Following on from the incredible gig on Monday from Phil Robson’s Organ Trio, we’re back on the 16th with another amazing gig, which sees saxophone masters Geoff Simkins and Pete Hurt together with a top young band!

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Geoff Simkins / Pete Hurt Quintet:

Geoff Simkins – alto saxophone

Pete Hurt – tenor saxophone

Alex Haines – guitar

Calum Gourlay – double bass

Lloyd Haines – drums

It will be a rare treat to welcome two of Britain’s finest and most inventive saxophonists to The Oxford on Monday. Between them, over the course of richly varied careers, Geoff Simkins and Pete Hurt have played with the likes of Art Farmer, Bobby Shew, Nikki Iles, Pete Saberton, Henry Lowther, Kenny Wheeler, Chris Biscoe, Carla Bley and Loose Tubes, to name just a very few. For this evening they will be joined by a top young rhythm section including great young guitarist Alex Haines (who sounded fantastic recently with visiting NY tenorman Michael Blake), the wonderful bass of Calum Gourlay and young drummer of the moment Lloyd Haines.

This promises to be a wonderful opportunity to hear these master with a really great band in the intimate surroundings of the Oxford – don’t miss it!

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

See you there!

Monday June 9th: Phil Robson’s Organ Trio

We’re continuing this epic June line-up with a real treat this week at Jazz @ The Oxford, as we look forward to welcoming the master guitarist and composer Phil Robson and his new Organ Trio, as part of their national tour!

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Phil Robson’s Organ Trio:

Phil Robson – guitar

Ross Stanley – hammond organ

Gene Caldarazzo – drums

An award-winning musician of international renown, Phil Robson has fronted many impressive projects over the years (not to mention his prolific work as a sideman) featuring such musical luminaries as Billy Hart, James Genus, Christine Tobin, Dave Liebman, Julian Arguelles, Mark Turner, Jeff Williams, Gareth Lockrane, Tom Herbert and a great many more. This new project sees Phil join forces with organ supremo Ross Stanley and legendary drummer Gene Caldarazzo for his own personal take on that great, soulful jazz staple – the organ trio!

The concept of an organ trio has always been close to Phil Robson’s heart, but he wanted to feel that he had his own, unique take on this great tradition before forming one himself, an ambition which has been fully realised – the music is fresh, exciting, played with great energy and much of it is brand new!

“Phil is a wonderful guitarist and composer, definitely a unique player. We had a ball and hopefully I will be able to play with Phil again.” David Liebman

“Phil Robson is a disturbingly good jazz guitar player!” Wayne Krantz

“Phil Robson’s music, on a first hearing, always gives me that feeling I haven’t yet heard right the way through it to the other side. Yes, there are moments of beauty, external allure, yes there is variety. But there is also a depth which brings one back wanting to revisit, to hear more and more….. I can only describe this group as unmissable.” londonjazz.blogspot.com

 

This gig will no doubt prove to be one of the highlights of our year here at Jazz @ The Oxford – do come down and join us!

(We expect this to be a busy one, so recommend arriving promptly for a good spot…)

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

See you there!

Monday June 2nd: Alex Merritt Trio

This week at Jazz @ The Oxford we’re kicking off our stellar June line-up in some style as we welcome the brilliant saxophonist and composer Alex Merritt and his trio!

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Alex Merritt Trio:

Alex Merritt – tenor saxophone

Sam Lasserson – double bass

Jeff Williams – drums

Originally from Cambridge, saxophonist and composer Alex Merritt has been a key figure on the London scene for the last few years, having previously built an impressive reputation across the country during his time as a student at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. As a sideman, he’s played with a host of the capital’s stars at venues such as Ronnie Scotts and the London and Brecon Jazz Festivals, while leading his own group playing his own compositions, with influences as diverse as Berg, Bartok and Messiaen and the carnatic music of Southern India, as well many key figures in the jazz canon.

This gig finds Alex with two thirds of his usual quartet lineup for a rare sax trio exploration of his pieces, joined by the ever-inventive bass of Sam Lasserson and US drum legend Jeff Williams.

“Alex has something special and original – an intriguing harmonic ear and an intrepid rhythmic flare.”
- Mike Gibbs

This is going to be a really lovely evening of music, a wonderful chance to see and hear three amazing musicians in the intimate space of the Oxford!

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

See you there!

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