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 for the very first time!

Tickets are available for in-person and online versions. Entry to the church will only be by pre-purchased ticket.

Profits will be allocated to St Giles’ Church’s Project 900 fundraising appeal for a new organ and improvements to the building.

Timings: 29th January 2022 (Saturday 2nd Week), music from 7.30 pm. Tickets: £6.00 streaming only, £10.00 student, £18.00 standard. Get them here!

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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 Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford. Each set is sure to be a tour de force, showcasing the best of Oxford and Durham’s Jazz talent!

Doors open at 6:45PM, music from 7:15PM. See the Facebook event here, and get your tickets here.

Tickets: £5 Student, £10 General Admission.

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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 Jazz Orchestra give you a taste of what is to come in the Back in Sync series…

Tickets: £5 online (now available! – get them here), £6 on the door (cash only).

Doors open 7.30pm, music from 8.00pm. Dress code: smart casual. Also see the Facebook event!

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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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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.

Doors Open 8pm

Tickets £5 standard, £6 on the door


Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1108169759525269/


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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 suite for big band and voices composed by Harry Baker, Oxford graduate and former MusicalDirector of the Gargoyles. Set to poetry by Max Thomas and poets through the ages, ‘The Floating Boy’ is a testament to the hopes, joys and sorrows of growing up, exploring themes of childhood dreams, young love, grief and acceptance. This exciting work – and the rare collaboration between two of Oxford’s foremost jazz ensembles – is not one to be missed: head on down to Magdalen Auditorium at 8pm on 13th June for a one-off experience!

HARRY BAKER is a pianist and composer with an equal passion for classical performance and for jazz and improvisation. A key player on the UK jazz scene, Harry has featured as a bandleader and sideman at the 606 Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club and The Empire Bar. As a composer and arranger of choral and vocal music, he has written works for the Choirs of Merton and Magdalen College Oxford, SANSARA chamber choir, and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, with whom he is a Young Composer.

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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, latin to neo-soul. DUBB come to us on top form having recently released a fantastic new EP ‘Twenty’, and we look forward t0 hearing them play tunes from that and a lot more this coming Friday – get your tickets here!

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