An evening of Live Jazz with
The Cutting Edge Big Band

The Masons Arms, Headington OX3 8LH

Saturday, 8th October 2023
Doors open 7:30pm

Tickets from £12.50 at trybooking*

* booking charges may apply.

8:00pm - 10:30pm

A night of fabulous, energetic swing music from one of Oxford's most exciting big bands. 19 musicians in full flow will have you foot-tapping at the very least, and more likely swinging and twirling.

Come and support live music at the Masons Arms, Headington Quarry. Doors open 7.30pm. Band onstage 8pm. Approx end time 10.30pm

Tickets £12.50.   Book early to avoid disappointment.

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“The Cutting Edge Big Band delivers a stylish and exciting, big-band sound”

Beautiful melodies and joyously
toe-tapping rhythms from
serious musicians who love playing


Whether wistful ballads or stomping dance numbers, this is classy entertainment in a variety of settings, with a set list tailored to every event.

The repertoire is rooted in the classic swing era of the '30s and '40s. Those days of romance: glamour, moonshine and tuxedos, the excitement of Harlem and invention of wild, new dance crazes. Think wartime tunes made famous by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Glenn Miller.

Then there are the mid-century classics that everyone knows - Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Dean Martin; and even the occasional tune from Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Billy Joel, or the achingly cool Astrud Gilberto. Great melodies that have been sung by everyone from Rod Stewart to Michael Bublé to Robbie Williams.


Including 5 saxes, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, full rhythm section, and fabulous band leader. Also featuring guest vocals for added swing.


We perform day or night at charity, corporate, private and civic events, including weddings, dinner-dances, gala events, landmark openings, even at riverside pub gardens on balmy summer afternoons.


The band is now led by Chris Macklow, a man of easy vintage charm and smooth sophistication. His apparently laid-back style hides a ruthless attention to detail.


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The Cutting Edge Big Band pictured at the Westgate, Oxford on November 11th 2017.

Many thanks to Steve Foster for the pictures and Steve White for the audio recording.

Many thanks to Steve White for the audio recordings.

Cutting Edge Big Band performing at the opening of the Westgate Centre, Oxford.

Lindy hop dancers at the Winter Lights Festival in Witney, Oxfordshire.



Saturday, 11th Nov 2023

The Masons Arms
Headington, OX3 8LH
01865 764579
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