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An Oxford Jazz Kitchen Presentation.

Tonight:  THE ALVIN ROY QUARTET 

Alvin Roy          –  clarinet
Alex Hawkins  –  keyboard
Roger Davies   –  bass
Martin Hart     –  drums


Alvin Roy – clarinet
was born in Jerusalem, where his parents had emigrated. In 1948, when the state of Israel came into being, the family settled in Wood Green, north London.

Alvin attended Glendale Grammar School and in 1958 clarinet lessons were introduced as an after school activity. However, after three lessons he was thrown out of class for playing a blues, which in those days was considered taboo in a classical lesson. Six months later he joined a Trad band that rehearsed every week in a church hall in the Balls Pond Road.

1959 and Alvin joined Rank Records as jazz repertoire planner and worked alongside Dick Rowe and Tony Hatch the songwriter.

By 1960, Alvin was leading his own Traditional Jazz band in London and it was when they won the Soho Jazz Contest that year, that Alvin decided to play professionally.

His Saratoga Jazz band played venues such as the Marquee, the Cavern Club, the Dancing Slipper, Wood Green jazz club and numerous dance halls, including a season at the Mecca Royal Ballroom in Tottenham and he has appeared on ITV and BBC TV. He’s appeared in front of royalty at the Victoria Palace theatre, in German jazz clubs and the band’s single, ‘True Blue’, reached the Japanese top 20!

In 1963 the band did a season at Butlin’s followed by a trip to Spain and on returning to the UK they found that the Trad jazz boom bubble had burst and Alvin broke up the band, stopped playing and joined EMI in their Artistes Promotion division.

In 1968 he was asked to join a semi-pro band which rekindled his interest in playing. He reformed his band with some of the original members and in 1971 started an 8 year residency at the Prospect of Whitby in Wapping, London.

Frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 “Jazz Club” has brought him to a wider audience.

Alvin plays New Orleans/Dixieland jazz to a more modern swing/mainstream style, playing standards from the great American song book from composers such as Berlin, Porter, Ellington, Gershwin etc.

His band, “Reeds Unlimited”, frequently appear at various venues around Oxford and was one of the bands that appeared at the Witney Jazz Festivals, where he played with American jazz legends, Scott Hamilton and Bob Wilber.


Roger Davies   –  bass
We welcome Roger back to the Rose and Crown, many will remember him, his brilliant double bass, his vibrant and exciting ‘plucking and bowing’, when he appeared here 3 or 4 times with FIDDLEBOP. No bass face here!


Jazz inn the Courtyard under the vines, covered by a retractable blind, heated, good ale, wines and fizz by the glass and a good pub supper. For the menus CLICK HERE.

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