Tony Oxley

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

15 June 1938, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Oxley began to teach himself piano at the age of eight, and did not pursue the drums seriously until he was 17. During his National Service (1957-60) he studied drums and theory and for the following four years he led his own group in Sheffield. From 1963-67 he worked with Derek Bailey and bass player/composer Gavin Bryars in developing an abstract, freely improvised genre. In 1966 he moved to London, and was for some years in the house band at Ronnie Scott’s club, backing many famous visiting musicians. He was also in Scott’s octet, the Band, and worked with Howard Riley, Gordon Beck, Alan Skidmore, Mike Pyne and Barry Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra (LJCO). In 1970 Oxley co-founded Incus Records with Evan Parker and Bailey and was a founder member of the London Musicians’ Co-operative, and from 1973 was an organizing tutor at the Barry Summer School in Wales. In the mid-70s he led his own...

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