New Zealand drummer and composer plays electro-infused jazz with his London quintet

Powerhouse Myele Manzanza brings Oxford his heart and soul with a set ranging from cinematic loops and grooves to ‘jazz bottled lightning’. Raised on a staple diet of hip hop, jazz and dance music in his youth, Manzanza creates an organic sound exploring influences from hard bop to Detroit house and even a hint of free jazz.


Expect super-tight rhythm playing from long standing collaborators Manzanza on drums, Lewis Moody on keys and Benjamin Muralt on bass along with blistering melody lines from Jonny Enser on trumpet and Emma Rawicz on saxophone. Led from the back by energy-filled Manzanza, the band will play from his "Crisis & Opportunity" series as heard at the EFG London Jazz Festival.


'Crisis & Opportunity Vol.1 - London’, recorded during lockdown, included performances from pianist Ashley Henry and additional contributions from the legendary Mark de Clive-Lowe. Hot on the heels of this first instalment, Manzanza recently dropped ‘Crisis & Opportunity, Vol 2 - Peaks’, continuing to dissolve the borders between modern jazz and electronic beat production.


Myele Manzanza is from New Zealand and now lives in London where he has developed a strong live presence in his new London base. He is a founding member of Electric Wire Hustle and his band has drawn packed houses to top venues such as The Jazz Café and Ronnie Scott’s.


Doors open: 7pm

Concert starts: 7.30pm

This concert is two 45 minute sets with an interval.

OCM would like to give their thanks to St John's College for the use of their auditorium.



Feb 2022 Update: As Plan B restrictions end we wanted to update you on what measures we are taking to keep you safe. These are our current safety measures, and we ask for your help and cooperation to make our events as safe as possible:

  • Wear a mask 

We strongly encourage mask wearing for everyone over the age of 12 at our events at all times (including when seated during the concert).

  • Take a test

Please take an LFT (Lateral Flow Test) on the day and only attend if the result is negative. If you test positive, get in touch with us and we will refund your ticket.

All our artists, staff and volunteers are required to test on the day, too.

  • Stay home if you’re unwell

Do not attend if you show any symptoms of COVID-19. Get in touch with us and we will refund your ticket.

  • Distanced seating

We run our events at 60% capacity to allow for social distancing between groups.


If you are still uncertain about coming along or you have any concerns you’d like to discuss, let us know by emailing



If you are disabled and need a personal assistant in order to attend then please get in touch to arrange your PA's ticket free of charge: /01865484777

There is a short walk of 5 minutes from the lodge to the auditorium through the college. Please read the venue information for more details.