Alyn Shipton's New Orleans Friends - featuring Adrian Cox (clarinet) - Play Jazz at Vespers

Submitted by sallydoyle on February 19, 2019 - 07:51

Venue, Timing and Cost

SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist church
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Centre front £17.50; Centre mid £15; Side aisles (restricted view) £12.50

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.

Personnel: Finlay Milne, trumpet; Adrian Cox, Clarinet; Simon Picton, guitar and banjo; Alyn Shipton, bass; Emile Martyn, drums; Richard Simmons, piano.

Further Information

Contact Details: 

Further information:

Tickets from Tickets Oxford, Oxford Playhouse, tel 01865 305305,

St John the Evangelist is on Iffley Road between Marston Street and James Street, opposite the University Sports Ground. Bus No.3 from the centre of town stops directly outside (James Street stop).