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!

Monday December 1st: Michael Chillingworth Group

Only two gigs left in 2014 for us here at Jazz @ The Oxford, but luckily enough (and true to form) they’re both going to be scorchers, kicking off our limited December run with a fantastic ensemble lead by the masterful Michael Chillingworth!

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Michael Chillingworth Group:

Michael Chillingworth – alto sax / clarinet

Tom Challenger – tenor sax

Josh Arcoleo – tenor sax

George Crowley – bass clarinet

Ralph Wyld – vibes

Sam Lasserson – bass

Jon Scott – drums

A formidable saxophonist, improviser and composer, Michael Chillingworth is known to many through his work with bands and artists such as Troykestra, Ant Law, Stan Sulzmann Big Band and Richard Turner’s Round Trip, to name but a few. This gig sees Mike leading his new septet which debuted to a sold out Con Cellar at this years London Jazz Festival, featuring all-new compositions full of complexity and wit played by a line up of some of the top young musicians on the London scene.

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A real treat to start the month, so please come on down, especially if you couldn’t get into the Con gig….

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

See you there!

Monday November 24th: Loz Speyer’s Inner Space Music

The jazz festival may be over come Monday, but there’s no rest for the wicked (and also jazz in London isn’t limited to 10 days in November) so we’re kicking on and closing November in style with trumpeter / composer Loz Speyer and his band Inner Space Music!

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Inner Space Music:

Loz Speyer – trumpet / compositions

Chris Biscoe – alto sax / alto clarinet

Rachel Musson – tenor sax / soprano sax

Olie Brice – bass

Simon Roth – drums

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman, Inner Space Music takes improvisation into new territory, and frames it within a set of strongly melodic, catchy tunes with references going back into jazz history.

Compositions such as Rocket Science and From A to B to Infinity play around with a combination of fast, slow and free time, as a flexible framework for improvising, exploring the fine line between structure and freedom that is a central theme in the jazz tradition.

…and Five Animal Dances are musical sketches based on the Five Animals Qigong forms (Bird, Tiger, Deer, Bear and Monkey) – a Taoist practise of movement and meditation designed to connect us with the vitality and playfulness of the natural world.

A wonderful gig awaits from a brilliant line-up of musicians and improvisers at the forefront of the UK scene – forget about your festival hangover, or see us as a jazz hair-of-the-dog, if you like!

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

 

Monday November 17th: George Crowley’s Can of Worms

We’re deep into this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival now folks, and to celebrate we’ve got Oxford promoter George Crowley’s excellent Can of Worms!

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Can of Worms:

George Crowley – sax

Tom Challenger – sax

Dan Nicholls – keys

Sam Lasserson – bass

Jon Scott – drums

Glorious, fiery, deep… Like throwing a hymn book into a pizza oven.

Can of Worms explores that happy and unpredictable space where written and improvised worlds collide, diving deep into group improvisations and compositions featuring taught, tense grooves, wailing sax-confessionals and all-out glorious free-jazz! Formed on a whim for a pick-up gig in early 2013, the strong sense of fun, interaction and joyous anarchy quickly convinced Crowley that this was a project which had to happen properly, and now, some 18 months later, the band have recorded their first full-length record of Crowley originals, to be released on the prestigious and world-reaching Whirlwind Recordings in February 2015.

Please come and join us for the last Can of Worms gig of 2014!

As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9; entry only £7.

See you there!

Monday November 10th: Sam Braysher Quartet

As we get ready for London Jazz Festival time we’ve got one more excellent gig to tide us over, as we look forward to welcoming the brilliant young saxophonist and composer Sam Braysher and his stellar quartet!

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Sam Braysher Quartet:

Sam Braysher – sax

Barry Green – piano

Oli Hayhurst – bass

Josh Morrison – drums

The Sam Braysher Quartet aims for a contemporary sound whilst drawing on a wide range of reference points from the jazz tradition and placing improvisation at the forefront. The band plays a mixture of Sam’s original music alongside carefully presented, often lesser-known, compositions from the jazz canon with a rhythm section featuring some of the most remarkable and busy musicians on the London scene.

This is going to be an amazing evening of top drawer contemporary jazz – don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the bright young stars in UK jazz with a formidable band!

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

See you there!

Monday November 3rd: Tommy Andrews Quintet

Kicking off another amazing month of music here at Jazz @ The Oxford, we’re excited to be welcoming one of the top recent ensembles on the London scene, lead by the brilliant reedsman and composer Tommy Andrews.

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Tommy Andrews Quintet:

Tommy Andrews – sax/ clarinet

Nick Costley-White – guitar

Rick Simpson – piano

Dave Manington – bass

Lloyd Haines – drums

The Tommy Andrews Quintet was formed in 2011, bringing together some of London’s most exciting young jazz musicians to play original compositions. The quintet has an eclectic library of music to call on, with progressive rock, classical music, film-score, groove and minimalist influences all playing their part in the sound-world. One of the defining factors of the compositions is their through-composed qualities, which tend to shun the ‘head-solos-head’ structure. The improvisation sections thus act as a developmental part of the composition, motifs are widely used to provide cohesion and themes often return in fresh new guises.

The quintet’s debut album ‘The Crux’, was released on the Jellymould Jazz label in June 2014, with this gig being part of a tour supported by Jazz Services – come and see this exciting ensemble at the top of their game!

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

See you there!

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