Oxford Jazz Festival 2011

Over 40 gigs in one weekend
Various venues, 21st - 24th April 2011

April 21, 2011
It's Easter, and you know what that means: Oxford Jazz Festival is here again, with an action-packed four days of over 40 workshops, concerts and jam sessions featuring acclaimed jazz artists (from saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch to Grammy-nominated vocalist Norma Winstone MBE).

This year's theme is the celebration of British jazz - the sound that grew out of US jazz after the First World War, becoming well known in the 1940s via the work of John Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Humphrey Lyttelton and others and growing and changing through the 1960s to today.

All 2011 Oxford Jazz Festival events are listed below right. Click a title for full details and to go through to the Jazz festival website for full info and tickets. Several shows sold out this year before the festival even started, so if there's something you like the look of, be quick! We will continue to update you here as further shows sell out, so please check back (or see the Jazz Festival website). And if you're going along to a show, please let Oxford know what you thought of it by submitting a review of it via this page. Happy Easter - and happy jazzing!

April 27, 2011

Brandon Allen and Frank Harrison at The Tree, Iffley, 21 April

Jazz fans were treated to a double delight last night at The Tree in Iffley.

Diners enjoying the international, Thai and Indian cuisine listened to a cool set from saxophonist Brandon Allen and Oxford-born pianist Frank Harrison. The duo blended perfectly, performing a range of tunes, from Mal Waldron’s Soul Eyes to Sinatra’s Nancy with the Laughing Face. Each number was followed by a warm round of applause by a discerning crowd who seemed to lap up every note.

The atmospheric setting of a drink on the Tree’s decking, followed by a meal (a special deal two-course menu was on offer) and music in the dining room created a wonderful ambience - and a fantastic start to the long Easter weekend.

The Tree is rapidly making a name for itself as a jazz venue and the fusion of fine food and mellow music is one that is difficult to beat. It must after all be one of the few Oxford city venues with a car park and a lovely garden to relax in.

Jazz evenings take place on the second Wednesday of every month. The next one on May 11th is bound to be a hit.
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