Wed 22 May, SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist Church
A Grade I, G.F. Bodley designed church and adjoining cloister that forms part of St Stephen's House, a Permanent Private Hall of the University.
Recently updated as a concert venue, SJE has underfloor heating and new lighting, comfortable chairs, a new toilet block, staging, and a Steinway D concert grand piano. The acoustic is superb.
SJE is on the Iffley Road opposite the University Sports Ground. Buses from Oxford city centre stop directly outside. Buses from London stop five minutes' walk away in St Clement's.
Capacity: 400 - 500
Disabled access and toilet.
Bar on site for most events.
A selection of Green Rooms for performers.
Public car parks at St Clement's and behind Tesco on Cowley Road.
Limited parking for performers and Blue Badge holders in the college and, for some events, extra parking for the general public nearby
Walking: approx. 25 mins
By Bus: approx. 15 mins, from Westgate (Stop E1), Bus 3 or 3A to Rose Hill, James Street West Stop. Also X90 and BROOKESbus U5
By car: approx. 5
109a Iffley Road,
Featuring Adrian Cox (clarinet) Play Jazz at Vespers
Does New Orleans jazz belong in church? 65 years ago, in Oxford, Ohio, the celebrated New Orleans clarinettist George Lewis recorded his album ‘Jazz at Vespers’. His band was the leading New Orleans revivalist band at the time, comprising veterans who had been in on the birth of jazz. Playing in an Episcopal church, they focused on the spirituals and hymns that had been part of the music from the start.
Tonight’s band, led by BBC Radio 3's Alyn Shipton, is made up of musicians who have spent time in New Orleans learning from the founding fathers of the music, and in this concert - part of a short tour of converted church buildings - they re-explore the repertoire that Lewis made famous, from lesser known pieces such as ‘Sometimes My Burden Is Hard To Bear’ to old favourites like ‘Down By The Riverside’ and ‘Lord, Lord, Lord, You Surely Been Good To Me’. And just like the Lewis band of the '50s, Alyn's friends play entirely acoustically without amplification.
The music runs the full emotional range from soft, contemplative pieces to joyous outpourings of the infectious rhythms of the Crescent City.
Duration: 2 hours with interval
Finlay Milne, trumpet
Adrian Cox, clarinet
Simon Picton, guitar and banjo
Alyn Shipton, bass
Emile Martyn, drums
Richard Simmons, piano
To book a Wheelchair space, please call 01865 305 305.