Oxford University Jazz Orchestra

The Oxford University Jazz Orchestra is the university’s premier big band, bringing twenty of the university’s best jazz musicians together into one ensemble to perform modern, demanding, exciting big band jazz to the highest level of musical excellence.

We play regularly around Oxford so keep up to date with where you can find us here!


Jazz-Off 2022 Round 2: OUJO x ICBB – 29th January

After playing the last Jazz at St Giles’ gig of series 8 at St Giles’ Church Oxford with Durham University Big Band in January 2020, OUJO returns with a brand new opponent, Imperial College Big Band! Come along to this lovely venue to watch the two bands go head-to-head, toe-to-toe, and sax-to-sax..

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Jazz-Off 2022 Round 1: OUJO x DUBB – 22nd January

On Saturday 22nd January 2022, Oxford University Jazz Orchestra hosts their first ‘Jazz Off!’, against the formidable Durham University Big Band!
The rivals last faced one another in 2019, so come and see them lock horns once again in a long-overdue rematch at the beautiful Grove..

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Back in Sync: OUJO Returns to FREVD – 30th November

On Tuesday 30th November 2021, Oxford University Jazz Orchestra and Freud present the first instalment of ‘Back in Sync’, OUJO’s residency for 2021-2022! Come along to Walton Street on Tuesday of 8th Week to grab a cocktail, relax in the beautiful setting of Freud, and let the Oxford University..

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Varsity Big Band 2021: OUJO x CUJO – 26th November

For the first time in three years, OUJO travel to Cambridge on Friday 26th November (7th Week) to take on our other half in a big band varsity match to remember! Battle will commence at 7pm at at the West Road Concert Hall.

Tickets can be found here, and more information on the Facebook Event!


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OUJO x JazzSoc – 9th November

OUJO kick off the new year at the Mad Hatter from 8.00pm on Tuesday 9th November (5th week)! Tickets will be £3.50 on the door – more information here.


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‘World on a String’ – 9th March

We’re delighted to announce ‘World on a String’ — our concert at the Sheldonian on Monday of 8th week! We’re collaborating with the wonderful Oxford University Orchestra’s strings to bring you an evening of jazz, from classic Sinatra and Fitzgerald numbers to pieces written and arranged..

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OUJO at Freud: Roaring ’20s – 27th February

We’re bringing our residency at FREVD into the new decade with a ‘Roaring 20s’ theme! Get glammed up and ready to dance the night away to some classic swing numbers – OUJO’s outstanding reputation and plenty of drinks guarantee this to be a very special evening.


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Jazz-Off 2020: OUJO vs. DUBB – 7th February


We’re very excited to announce this year’s DURHAM vs OXFORD varsity big band event, Durham University Big Band will be coming down on 7th Feb! You can find tickets here, it’s coming up fast so make sure to get them before they go!! Thanks to Music and..

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‘The Floating Boy’ – 13th June


13th June (Thursday Week 8) 8pm
Magdalen College, Grove Auditorium
Students £7/General Admission £10

Commissioned by Oxford University Jazz Orchestra and the Oxford Gargoyles, ‘The Floating Boy’ is a thrilling and moving..

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Jazz-Off 2019: OUJO vs. DUBB – 8th February

On Friday 8th February, we’re absolutely delighted to welcome the Durham University Big Band to the Magdalen College Grove Auditorium for the annual OUJO x DUBB jazz-off. Come and hear two of the UK’s best student bands play a huge range of big band rep, from classic swing to hip-hop,..

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