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.13115951_10154147678881552_9084478232589986135_o

Founded in 1991, OUJO is the university’s oldest jazz ensemble. The group rehearses and performs regularly around Oxford and beyond.

Besides our own regular concerts, we have performed at countless balls, events, dinners, and socials. In our colourful twenty-year history we’ve racked up various accolades, including playing at the OK! celebrity ball in London, twice winning the highly-coveted BBC big band award, and this year having the privilege of supporting headliners Sophie Ellis-Bextor and the Streets on the Oxford ball circuit. The band’s alumni include British trumpeter Mark Armstrong and Canadian jazz vocalist Diane Nalini.

OUJO plays a large, musically diverse and ever-expanding repertoire, encompassing big band classics and more contemporary jazz works, as well as original compositions by current and former band members. OUJO is renowned for the energy and vibrancy of its performances, and we love nothing more than to put on a good show for our audience.

OUJO puts on at least three sell-out public concerts every year. The band represents the university twice annually in a Varsity jazz battle against its Cambridge equivalent, the Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra.

OUJO has performed at venues worldwide, including at the Oeuf de Jazz Festival in Le Mans, the Glasgow international jazz festival, and New York’s prestigious Bryant Park. Recent international tours have included Thailand, Toronto, Montreal, and New York.


Q: Is OUJO the jazz society?
A: No, although many of our members are involved with the managements of the jazz society and its weekly jams. See the JazzSoc website for more information.

Q: I’ve written this really great piece, will you play it?
A: Maybe! We’re always keen to hear from musicians and to try out new musical works and arrangements. Drop an email to oujo@oums.org for more info.

The Band – 2021-22

Alto 1 – Holly Shearsmith
Alto 2 – Carrie Craig
Tenor 1 – Josh Greensmith
Tenor 2 – Ashley Turner
Bari – Fenella Gent

Trumpet 1 – James McQueen (Treasurer)
Trumpet 2 – Tom Wild (Musical Director)
Trumpet 3 – Laura Leigh
Trumpet 4 – Will Jeys

Trombone 1 – Will Pearce (President)
Trombone 2 – Nathan Cornish
Trombone 3 – James Liebrecht (Secretary)
Bass Trombone – Eugenio Vecchi

Piano – Harry Ashworth
Bass – Hugo Cox
Drums – Tyler Farghly

Vocals – Briana Williams, Elizabeth Latham