Monday May 23rd: Miguel Gorodi Nonet

Something a bit special for this, our last gig in May (bank holidays curtailing us at both ends) as we welcome a new project from one of the most exciting young musicians coming up in the capital, trumpeter and composer Miguel Gorodi!

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Miguel Gorodi Nonet:

Miguel Gorodi – trumpet / compositions

Tori Freestone – flutes

Michael Chillingworth – alto sax / clarinet

George Crowley – tenor sax / bass clarinet

Kieran McLeod – trombone

Ralph Wyld – vibraphone

Ray Hearn – tuba

Conor Chaplin – double bass

Dave Hamblett – drums

Regulars to The Oxford might remember Miguel’s excellent playing from the Barry Green Sextet back in February, or even further back to an excellent duo with drummer Dave Ingamells some years before – this week he brings something different, a recently formed stellar nonet to play his own compositions. Featuring some of the most sought-after members of the young London scene, the nonet plays music influenced by the likes of Steve Lehman, creating rich and complex textures from deceptively simple melodic and rhythmic motifs with some incredible improvising thrown in for good measure!

This will be the bands second gig, following a debut at the Jazz Nursery last Summer – come down and see what Miguel has come up with – you won’t be disappointed!

As ever, doors at 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.

See you there!

 

 

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Monday May 16th: Kristian Borring Trio

Another week, another night of excellent original music, as we welcome the exceptional guitarist and composer Kristian Borring for a set with his trio!

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Kristian Borring Trio:

Kristian Borring – guitar / compositions

Andrea di Biase – double bass

Jon Scott – drums

With two highly acclaimed albums to his name, Kristian Borring has been an integral part of the London Jazz scene for many years now p, as much for the music of his own groups as his roles in bands like Acrobat, Draw by Four or, most recently, his brilliant duo with pianist Bruno Heinen in tribute to Bill Evans.

This gig finds Borring in a stripped-back, intimate trio setting with the very excellent and intuitive rhythm team of Andrea di Biase and Jon Scott, playing his own original compositions and possibly the odd choicely chosen tune to boot – it promises to be a very special gig!

“Danish guitarist, composer and bandleader, Kristian Borring, has been described as a “guitarist of enormous technical ability who utilizes his considerable gifts thoughtfully and tastefully, a highly accomplished guitarist and composer.” – The Jazz Mann

As ever, doors at 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.

We hope to see you there!

 

Monday May 9th: Tom Barford’s Asterope + GUFO

Back from our Bank Holiday hiatus with a very exciting double bill from two very contrasting bands, representing some of the finest young musicians from the London scenes!

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Asterope:

Tom Barford – sax / compositions

Billy Marrows – guitar

Rupert Cox – piano

Flo Moore – bass

Dave Storey – drums

A great pleasure to be welcoming this band of fantastic young musicians for their debut performance at The Oxford (though regulars will recall Tom’s powerful playing as part of the new Barry Green Sextet a couple of months back). Featuring an outstanding range of talented musicians this exciting group will be performing Tom’s most recent set of jazz/rock infused compositions. Some examples of the influences Tom bases his writing on for this band include Kneebody, Seamus Blake and Donny Mccaslin. This band have performed at Ronnie Scott’s, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and The Spinney Theatre.

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GUFO

GUFO

Dario Rossetti-Bonell – guitar / mandolin

Ruth Goller – uke bass / voice

Dave De Rose – drums / voice

Gufo is the result of the free thinking sonic excursions of fellow musicians and friends Dave De Rose, Ruth Goller & Dario Rossetti-Bonell. The collaborative nature of the project and the musical trust shared between them has made for the creation of its extremely original sound, a crossover of their self written, almost folk-like song-oriented materials, with the fascinating rhythms of their free form improvisations.

Another wonderful evening of diverse music awaits – this promises to be a very special night indeed!

As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.

We hope to see you there!

Monday May 2nd: NO GIG

As is often the case, we’re having a break for the bank holiday, but we’ll be back on May 9th with a fantastic double bill featuring young rising star saxophonist Tom Barford and his Quintet, plus a set from the collectively-led trio GUFO, featuring Dario Rossetti-Bonnell, Ruth Goller and Dave De Rose.

See you then – enjoy the bank holiday!

Monday April 25th: The Button Band

Rounding off an excellent month of gigs at The Oxford, we’re delighted to be finally welcoming the brilliant guitarist and composer Andrew Button and his Button Band, after he sadly had to cancel his January appearance – it promises to be well worth the wait!

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The Button Band:

Andrew Button – guitar / compositions

Andrew Woolf – sax

Dave Manington – bass

Marek Dorcik – drums

The Button Band is a recent project from top London Guitarist Andrew Button and showcases Andrew’s highly personal writing style. Distinctly British lyrical jazz with folk and country influences drawing inspiration from artists and groups as diverse as Bill Frisell, Loose Tubes, Brad Shepic and PigFoot. Following a comprehensive UK tour last year and the release of their debut album to rave reviews, The Button Band is a wonderfully colourful and close-knit group, and we can’t wait to host their first appearance at The Oxford!

“Button can “scronk” like Sco’ when he wants to, or take on a wry, shy, smiling Frisell twang tone” –The Jazz Breakfast

“Reminiscent of Bill Frisell’s cross-genre explorations” London Jazz

“Upbeat township swing straight out of the Loose Tubes mould, good-humored and infectious” Geoff Winston

This will be another brilliant evening of original music – don’t miss it!

As ever, doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.

See you there!

 

ps. Please note we are not having a gig on bank holiday Monday – we will return on May 9th with a double bill of Tom Barford Quintet + GUFO – a date for the diaries!

Monday April 18th: Dee Byrne’s Entropi

Continuing a cracking run of gigs here at The Oxford, this week we’re delighted to welcome saxophonist and composer Dee Byrne and her band ‘Entropi’ for an evening of space jazz!

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Entropi:

Dee Byrne – alto sax / compositions

Andre Canniere – trumpet

Rebecca Nash – piano

Olie Brice – double bass

Matt Fisher – drums

Formed in 2010 by Dee Byrne while she was studying on the postgraduate programme at Trinity Laban, Entropi started out as a vehicle for exploring composition and improvisation in a group context. Dee’s compositions explore a narrative of life-pondering, risk-taking and space gazing. Juggling order and chaos, composition and improvisation, the group takes listeners on a journey of compelling group interplay, strong themes, open-ended improvisation, dark grooves and interweaving melodic textures.

The ensemble features the melodic improvising and clear tone of trumpeter Andre Canniere. Keyboardist Rebecca Nash offers an appropriately responsive and interactive approach whilst drummer Matt Fisher offers a malleability and versatility drawn from his wide experience in a range of different musical contexts. Bassist Olie Brice is well suited to this improvising environment, offering depth and spontaneity. Having performed live together for some time, the band has achieved a striking empathy and freedom to take risks.

Entropi’s debut album ‘New Era’ was released on the F-IRE Presents label in June 2015. The band will play a mixture of tunes from their first album as well as newer material from their forthcoming album due to be recorded imminently.

Interesting, stimulating music that is quite hard to pigeonhole gripped by a strong group instinct that moves from hard bop and structured modal sounds into more improv-soaked free-bop.’ Marlbank

Another wonderful gig awaits! As ever, it’s doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5.

See you there!

Monday April 11th: Can of Worms (Quartet) presents: Fini Bearman Band

Continuing a packed April of goodies at The Oxford with another Can of Worms night, this week we’re delighted to welcome back the brilliant vocalist and composer Fini Bearman with her band, fresh from a brand new recording!

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Fini Bearman Band:

Fini Bearman – voice / compositions

Nick Costley-White – guitar

Matt Robinson – keyboard

Conor Chaplin – bass

Dave Hamblett – drums

Fini Bearman is a London based singer, songwriter and composer. Her music melds influences as diverse as jazz, folk and contemporary music into an ‘arresting and uniquely personal‘ sound. Sometimes dealing with settings from poets such as E.E. Cummings and Langston Hughes, and other times with original lyrics or open, wordless evocations, this music is honest yet witty, mixing lush harmony and orchestration with contemporary grooves.

This newest band, following on from the success of Fini’s 2014 reimagining of ‘Porgy & Bess’, finds her in the company of a strong and dynamic group of some of London’s most sought-after young musicians, who feature in the likes of Snowpoet, Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur and many other notable ensembles. This is their first gig since the recent recording, and we can be sure a wonderful set lies ahead!

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Can of Worms

George Crowley – saxophone

Dan Nicholls – keyboard

Sam Lasserson – bass

Jon Scott – drums

Continuing the monthly Can of Worms residency but on this occasion without the second horn of Tom Challenger – expect the usual chattery improv, but a few db quieter and possibly with a little more space. Possibly.

As usual, doors 8:30, music from 9; entry £10 / 5

This promises to be yet another fantastic evening of music – we hope to see you there!