JazzSoc is the centre of the jazz community in Oxford. It provides a space for players to meet and play together, as well as to hear and meet professional artists. The JazzSoc community is a network of musicians from both of Oxford’s university’s and from the general public.
JazzSoc also provides a great, relaxed place to hang out for anyone. It’s the perfect place to chill, have a few drinks and hear some great music. Our jazz nights are very popular with students and the wider public regardless of whether or not they’re die-hard jazz fans.
Our weekly jazz night kicks off at 8:30pm every Tuesday of Oxford term and is held at the Mad Hatter Bar, Oxford. Entrance is a mere £3 for students and £4 for members of the public! Alternatively you can buy lifetime membership of JazzSoc for just £15, giving you free entry to all of our jazz nights, as well as reduced rates at Oxford’s Spin Jazz Club (just £4 after 9pm). You also get a snazzy membership card (trust me, when you see them you will want one).
The night usually opens with a set from a guest performer. These range anywhere between student ensembles, up and coming local acts, and internationally acclaimed jazzers. In recent years JazzSoc has been lucky to host the likes of Dave Newton, Nigel Hitchcock, Josh Kemp, Soweto Kinch, Mark Nightingale, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Stekpanna and Iain Ballamy, amongst many others.
After the opening set, the hosting act depart the stage and the jam begins!
The jam is JazzSoc’s raison d’etre. This is where the real fun begins. The groove quickly gets going, all sorts of tunes are called and musicians flow on and off the stage. The style varies anywhere between old-time swing tunes, intense bebop, smooth modal tunes, blues numbers, funk grooves… Once the jam kicks off anything can happen!
Anyone of any standard of playing on any instrument (or vocals!) is very welcome to come up and play some tunes. It’s a friendly and fun atmosphere, as well as great way to develop musicianship and pick up some new tunes.
The jam has had many great players pass through it in the years, most notably Soweto Kinch who regularly jammed during his days at Oxford. Currently the phenomenal saxophonist and bandleader Adam Waldmann, of the MOBO winning Kairos 4tet, makes an occasional appearance!
We mostly send out information about our events via our Facebook page and our mailing list. Check out our facebook page here: www.facebook.com/OxfordUniversityJazzSociety. And contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list!