1 October 2015

Oxjam Brighton Takeover: Jazz Stage At The Verdict

    The Oxjam Festival returns to Brighton this year on Saturday 17th October. The Verdict will once again be hosting the Jazz Stage, which this year is curated by Sussex Jazz Magazine.

    The line up includes a wide variety of jazz artists, showing off the diversity of the local jazz scene in Sussex.


12-1pm Wayne McConnell Trio + Brighton Jazz School 

The Wayne McConnell Trio host the weekly Wednesday In Session at The Verdict. For Oxjam they will be joined by teachers and students from Wayne McConnell’s Brighton Jazz School.


1:15-2:15pm Don Benjamin Quintet 

This brand new quintet features clarinetist Don Benjamin with saxophonist Claire Western, together with Steve Grainger on guitar, Steve Cook on double bass and Charlie Anderson on drums.


2:30-3:30pm Gypsy Jazz with Steve Aston 

Gypsy jazz guitarist Steve Aston will be joined by some special guests to perform a selection of standards in the gypsy jazz style.


3:45-4:45pm Dave Williams Swing Band 

Dave Williams took The Verdict by storm with his new band’s debut in June, performing Frank Sinatra classics to a packed house.


5-6pm Smithville 

This funky organ group features Alice Hawkes on the organ with John Harris on guitar and Andy Pickett on baritone sax and flute.


6:15-7:15pm Oli Howe Trio 

Pianist Oli Howe blends the styles of Oscar Peterson with Bill Evans to create his own take on the jazz piano trio.


7:30-8:30pm Three Little Birds 

This mellow vocal trio perform three-part vocal harmonies that re-create the dreamy sounds of jazz from a bygone era. With vocalists Rachel Simpson, Ela Southgate and Sara Oschlag.


8:45-9:45pm Vels Trio 

This contemporary jazz trio are originally from Brighton, but are now based in London. The group features Jack Stephenson-Oliver on keyboard with Cameron Dawson on bass and Dougal Taylor on drums.


10pm-late Al Scott Trio & The Ox-Jazz-Jam 

The Ox-Jazz-Jam returns, hosted by pianist Al Scott. Singers and instrumentalists are welcome to sit in.


Oxjam Brighton Takeover

The Verdict

Saturday 17th October

12 midday – 12 midnight



Single Venue Ticket £5

Multi-Venue Ticket £9

All money raised goes directly to Oxfam to support the fantastic work they do around the world.







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