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Who we are…What we do

The Vortex Jazz Club is one of the UK’s premier jazz venues and winner of the Live Jazz Award category at the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards programming almost 400 performances a year in an intimate space. As a volunteer-led jazz club in North London, Dalston, we have been given the accolade of being one of the world’s best, and even singled out by the prestigious Downbeat magazine as one the top 150 jazz venues in the world. For 25 years, the club has been serving as platform for jazz, improvised and experimental music. For up and coming artists such as Mercury nominated bands such as Polar Bear and Portico Quartet the Vortex was instrumental in the launch of their careers. Saxophonist Evan Parker who has a long standing relationship with club, and monthly residency, once described the club as his spiritual home. As a not-for-profit business we strive to keep ticket prices low but at the same time make it our mission programme top class live music. We like to think that we have had a positive impact on the local community in terms of contributing to its cultural vibrancy as well as to the area’s development. We could not achieve all this without the dedication and passion of our Directors and Volunteers which includes technical staff, and last but not least our loyal Members who keep coming back.

Our Mission

To support ‘jazz’ in some of its various forms, bringing the music to a wider audience while nurturing new and emerging talent through innovative programming that recognises the continuity as well as development of the art form.

To promote the Vortex as the place where stimulating dialogue, creative and entertaining musical performances meet.

To demonstrate the value of small independent cultural organizations; volunteer-led; working collaboratively while making an important contribution to the cultural life of the local area and its economy.