Greenwich gem Oliver’s Jazz Bar plays host to not one but two jazz saxophonists this weekend. First up on Friday December 21 is Alam Nathoo, a graduate of both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Trinity Laban, writes Holly O’Mahony…

Alam released his first album Quintet in October 2012, which was followed by Fours in 2016 and most recently by Cerberus Distracted – a dark and adventurous 3-sax led quintet. Alam’s other credits include featuring as a soloist on McFly’s Memory Lane UK tour, performing with the Heritage Orchestra on BBC Radio 1, touring with Red Snapper and Mercury Prize nominees Friendly Fires, and playing in the award-winning production of Five Guys Named Moe. Audiences can catch Alam live on Friday at 9pm.

On Saturday December 22, alto saxophonist and flautist Tom Harrison takes to the stage. Tom first reached a national audience following the release of his band Dagda’s self-titled debut album in 2012. His second album Unfolding in Tempo followed in 2016, featuring musicians Robert Mitchell on piano, David Lyttle, Daniel Casimir and Cleveland Watkiss on vocals. Tom has also collaborated with jazz trumpet player Terell Stafford, saxophonist and composer Peter King and pianist Jason Rebello in the past. Saturday at 9pm is your chance to see him live.

Oliver’s Jazz Bar has been a staple of the London jazz scene since opening its doors in 2003. Attracting some of London’s finest jazz musicians and enthusiasts, this hidden away den of soulful beats and riffs is now one of the best-loved music venues in the city. With its roaring open fire, well-stocked bar and rotating line-up of acts, it’s easy to see why. Sick of Christmas carols? A jazzy night at Oliver’s could be your antidote.

Oliver’s Jazz Bar, 9 Nevada Street, London, SE10 9JL.
Alam Nathoo is performing on December 21, from 9pm – 11pm.
Tom Harrison is performing on December 22, from 9pm – 11pm.
Admission: FREE.