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The Verdict

11th Anniversary Celebration 

Nominated Jazz Venue of the Year 2022

The Verdict has been named as one of the 10 top jazz clubs in Europe by The Guardian. Brighton's only purpose built jazz club hosting the best in jazz music.
Now with covid-safe ventilation.

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Oxley/Meier Quartet


Friday 26th May Doors 7pm, Performance 8.30pm

Pete Oxley ~ various guitars

Nicolas Meier ~ various guitars

Raph Mizraki ~ acoustic and electric basses

Paul Cavaciuti ~ drums

‘A fascinating fusion opulent with evocative splendour’: MOJO ★★★★

(Listed as No. 3 in the top 10 jazz albums of 2015)

‘CD of the week’: The London Evening Standard ★★★★

‘Top ten CDs of the year’: The Telegraph ★★★★

‘’This album captures the lightning in a bottle effect created by the union of two perfectly matched artists and is already the front runner for my album of the year.’: Jazz Views ★★★★

Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier are well known to Brighton audiences from many previous festivals and gigs and are most welcome back on their 2023 UK tour. They play many guitars and other stringed instruments from all over the world in their culturally eclectic show. Their original compositions encompass Arabic, Eastern European, Latin American and Jazz influences that will dazzle and delight.

The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project has continued to be highly productive: following nearly 100 concerts on the back of their 2017 album, ‘The Colours Of Time’, they have recorded "The Alluring Ascent" original pieces in their quartet format, but also featuring the great multi-percussionist, Keith Fairbairn. The Alluring Ascent Tour was 60 concerts. 2023 will see a new album and more dates.

As ever, all of the pieces have been arranged so that they can be performed live in either duo or quartet line-ups. On the album, Pete and Nick have continued to use many varying types of guitars: Fretless 11-string (Glissentar), acoustic and electric 12-strings, slide, 7-string nylon, sitar guitar, fretless guitar, jazz guitars etc.

The Oxley - Meier Guitar project began working in earnest, following their second release in 2015, ‘Chasing Tales’, which was supported by three tours, totaling 90 dates. Pete and Nick then toured the UK and Europe a further four times, promoting ‘The Colours of Time’, also performing at several major jazz festivals over this time.

“This album is a wonderful example of the high level of music that can be made by combining two great guitarists/composers/improvisers such as Pete and Nicolas. They have put together a feast of virtuosity, delivered with depth, wit and joy” ~ Ralph Towner (Oregon etc.)

The above was pertaining to the duo’s double-CD, ‘The Colours of Time’ (MGPrecords CD019). Released in February 2017, this is their most ambitious project to date, in that it is a ‘double’: one disc in duo format, the second in quartet with bass and drums. The release of the album coincided with a major UK tour of 35 dates, which was followed by further touring in the UK and Europe in autumn 2017.

Oxley & Meier were invited by Jazzwise to be the first ever featured artists to have a covermount CD attached to the magazine (December/January 2015/16 edition).

Expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of latin America to English pastoralism. Hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more!

For their live gigs, the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project aim to entertain by playing with a spontaneity and an intuitive interplay between them that keeps them fresh and fired up from gig to gig. The duo therefore comes to the performance with what they hope are the audiences anticipations: to expect the unexpected!


J.A.M. String Collective


Saturday 27th May Doors 7pm, Performance 8.30pm

J.A.M. is an exciting new contemporary jazz string trio,

Julia Dos Reis (viola)

Annalise Lam (violin)

Miranda Lewis-Brown (cello)

J.A.M. is an exciting new contemporary jazz string trio, The trio plays their own re-imaginings of works by jazz heavyweights, such as Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk and Kenny Wheeler, alongside their own compositions. Their arrangements leave space for moments of freeness, with a heavy focus on interaction and improvisation.

Annalise joined StringTing in 2021, having met Julia at a Tomorrow’s Warriors workshop led by jazz violinist extraordinaire, Benet McClean. Julia and Annalise struck up a relationship which continued through their Masters studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

J.A.M. brings the trio together in an exciting new musical enterprise. In Spring 2023 they will be releasing their debut EP with special guests Steve Williamson and Zoe Pascoal, supported by Help Musicians UK.


The Verdict,
159 Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JB, UK

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