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Colin Oxley

Colin Oxley studied at the Guildhall School, graduating in 1990. In that same year he won 'Best Soloist' in the National Big Band Competition and has gone on to pursue a highly successful musical career.

As a long standing member of Stacey Kent's group he recorded several albums as well as touring extensively, including appearances at the Montreux and North Sea jazz festivals and residencies in New York and San Francisco. He is currently a member of Steve Fishwick's Quartet, the Dave Newton Quartet, Mark Crooks' Quintet, the Back to Basie Orchestra, John Wilson's Orchestra, Steve Kaldestad's Quartet, Simon Thorpe's Swing Band  and Eriko Ishihara's Quintet. Colin has also performed with American legends Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Hod O'Brien, John Bunch, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Jeff Hamilton and Bob Dorough, as well as many of Britain's top players.

Among numerous recording credits, Colin has recorded two successful piano trio albums with the late Colin Purbrook and (in San Francisco) with Dave Newton. In recent years he has toured widely in Japan and produced several albums for Japanese record labels.

In the year 2000, Colin was voted Jazz Musician of the Year by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. In between touring and recording, Colin is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

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