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Sat 28 February 2015

Gill Manly

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Gill Manly came back to jazz in 2007 triumphantly, and on more than good form, reminding us all that she was and always has been the London Jazz Diva. Combining smooth elegance and dramatic power developed over time, and the…

Sun 01 March 2015

MOJO Sunday 1 March 3:30pm

3:30pm - 6:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Mojo (moderately optimistic jazz orchestra) is an exciting 17 piece jazz big band based in north London, made up of great musicians from all over the capital. With a repertoire including laid back & up tempo swing, Latin and funk and playing…

Lume Presents: JJ Wheeler ‘Come Back Stronger’ & Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic

7:30pm - 10:15pm @ Vortex

1st March: JJ Wheeler ‘Come Back Stronger’ & Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic JJ Wheeler ‘Come Back Stronger’ JJ Wheeler’s Come Back Stronger is a 10-piece band formed to play the highly emotive suite, A Question of Hope. Written about the bandleader’s life-threatening…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Mon 02 March 2015

Charlie Hart’s Equators

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Charlie Hart started playing fiddle since he was six, but immediately started straying into fields beyond conventional western music. A love of jazz and blues rapidly drew him to African music. This led to time spent in Ghana in the sixties, and later…

Tue 03 March 2015

Nick Smart’s Trogon

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Firmly rooted in jazz, TROGON’s exciting mix of musical backgrounds is enriched by the propulsive rhythmic traditions of Afro Cuban music and the rich harmonies of contemporary jazz.

Wed 04 March 2015

Two Rivers label launch – Calum Gourlay; Delius/Brice/Sanders

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Two Rivers Records launches its first two albums. Bassist Calum Gourlay’s debut album brings diversity and experience into a live solo performance at London’s iconic “jazz house”, incorporating original work and material from Ellington to Joni Mitchell. This is followed…

Thu 05 March 2015

George Crowley’s Can of Worms

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Can of Worms: George Crowley – tenor sax / compositions Tom Challenger – tenor sax Dan Nicholls – piano / wurlitzer Sam Lasserson – double bass Jon Scott – drums Can of Worms explores that happy and unpredictable space where…

Fri 06 March 2015

Peter King Quartet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

“I hear both Trane and Bird in his playing, but he is better than either of them.” – Gene Lees PETER KING, in the words of one critic, “is the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one…

Sat 07 March 2015

John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Led by guitar legend John Etheridge, the Blue Spirits Trio includes Pete Whittaker (organ) & Mark Fletcher (drums). Drawing on a vast reservoir of musical experience spanning 43 years ,Etheridge distills the bluesier side of his musical world in a repertoire…

Sun 08 March 2015

London Jazz Orchestra

3:30pm - 6:00pm @ Vortex

Directed by Scott Stroman, the London Jazz Orchestra is “as fine a band as you can find anywhere” (Independent) and these up-close-and-personal sessions showcase great writing and soloing from a band that includes many of London’s top musicians, as well…

Pigfoot Play Elvis

7:30pm - 10:30pm @

After opera and Motown, Pigfoot this month tackle “the King”! The Guardian’s John Fordham described last month’s Pigfoot Play Motown gig at the Vortex as “ideal reassurance for the jazz-suspicious”. So it is fitting that “Suspicion” will feature amongst the genre…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Mon 09 March 2015

Freedom

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Freedom has settled in its new home at The Vortex – and enters a new phase its evolution as the Loft-style sessions grow Known for its wild, totally free evenings of challenging and up-lifting improvisations which have consistently united a cross…

Tue 10 March 2015

Tony Kofi – Sphinx Trio. ‘On Ornette’s Birthday’

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

For Ornette Coleman’s 85 th birthday (on 9 th March), we are delighted to invite Tony Kofi’s Sphinx Trio. He debuted the trio at the Vortex last October. It is particularly poignant as Tony spent a week with Ornette talking…

Wed 11 March 2015

Blow The Fuse presents Dakhla and Maggie Nicols

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Blow the Fuse continue their latest series of Tomorrow the Moon, a celebration of women-led projects from every generation. Maggie Nicols is heralded as a pioneer of free improvisation. She is maybe less well known as a soulful and innovative interpretor of well-loved songs and original compositions.…

Thu 12 March 2015

Nicky Schrire Quintet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Born in England, raised in South Africa and latterly of New York, Nicky Schrire epitomises the expansive and fluid range of the modern, contemporary jazz scene at its most intriguing. Nicky’s early musical training was in classical piano and then saxophone, but…

Fri 13 March 2015

Teotima

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Teotima is a 16-piece jazz / afro-latin / soul ensemble from London. Guitarist-composer Greg Sanders started Teotima; taking powerful, elegant but deceptively complex grooves of West Africa, Cuba and Brazil and adding the sensibility of classic American soul and funk he…

Sat 14 March 2015

Alan Skidmore with the Steve Melling Trio

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

A very special gig, tonight Alan Skidmore is joined by the Steve Melling Trio Alan Skidmore, sax / Steve Melling, piano / Alec Dankworth, bass / Miles Levin, drums “A player with immense physical and imaginative stamina, at home in…

Sun 15 March 2015

Chaos Collective Presents: Nick Malcolm/Tom McCredie/Simon Roth & Elliot Galvin/Mark Sanders

7:30pm - 10:15pm @ Vortex

Nick Malcolm/Tom McCredie/Simon Roth  Nick Malcolm – trumpet Tom McCredie – bass Simon Roth – drums Nick Malcolm, Simon Roth and Tom McCredie – known for their free, creative approach are all equally at home in the free improv setting as…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Mon 16 March 2015

Hans Koller/John O’Gallagher

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Downstairs

Please note: This event is Downstairs. London-based pianist Hans Koller and New York saxophonist John O’Gallagher – “both heavyweight theoreticians, but fizzing with jazz heat” (John Fordham) are re-united for this special Vortex gig playing material written especially for this…

Perspectives in Sound: Four artists working with overdubs. Curated by Lola Perrin

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

SOPHIE HARRIS, cellist, has worked with numerous eminent composers and musicians, from Steve Reich to Jocelyn Pook, giving concerts worldwide and also performing on many radio and CD recordings.  She is now focusing on writing and performing her work, and recently released her own CD.…

Tue 17 March 2015

Chris Cheek / Hannes Riepler Quartet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Hannes Riepler invites Chris Cheek to play upstairs at the Vortex. They will be playing new music inspired by this collaboration, also featuring master drummer James Maddren and Ollie Hayhurst on bass.

Wed 18 March 2015

Pete Wareham’s ‘Bump’ with Ben Hazleton and Tom Skinner

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Pete Wareham is an old friend of the Vortex, his Acoustic Ladyland being the first band to play in our current venue in Dalston. Now best known as the leader of the amazing Melt Yourself Down. Welcome to the world…

World Jazz Jam

8:00pm - 11:30pm @ Vortex Downstairs

Our new world jazz jam is led by cellist Shirley Smart of Melange. Bring your instrument! Or just come and absorb the atmosphere and the music.

Thu 19 March 2015

Evan Parker

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Evan Parker continues his long-lasting iconic residency at the Vortex. This month he has with him John Edwards (bass), Mark Sanders (drums) and Tony Hymas (piano)

Fri 20 March 2015

Steve Waterman

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

“Waterman has a lovely, often plaintive sound, open or muted, and always plays throughout with a kind of calm assurance, his poise and control momentarily like that of Wynton Marsalis.” – Peter Vacher, Jazzwise magazine STEVE WATERMAN TRUMPET / FLUGEL ALAN…

Sat 21 March 2015

Ian Shaw

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

“One of the UK’s most honest and musical jazz vocalists” The Guardian Ian Shaw‘s remarkable vocal range and style have seen him breathe new life into pop tunes and standards; he possesses an unfailing ability to reinvent even the most maudlin…

Sun 22 March 2015

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Mon 23 March 2015

Sorin Zlat Trio

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

The Sorin Zlat Trio, comprising Sorin Zlat on Piano, Razvan Cojanu on double bass, and Laurentiu Stefan on drums, has been performing since 2008, both on national and international stages. The three than senior students and best friends at the National University of…

Tue 24 March 2015

Han Bennink/Alexander Hawkins

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Han Bennink (drums) and Alexander Hawkins (piano) meet for a new duo which celebrates 40 years of the ‘Dutch Vortex’ – the Bim Huis.

Thu 26 March 2015

The Original UK Jazz Summer School Tutor Concert

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

A special night of music to celebrate the UK’s longest running jazz summer school, now in its 49th year! The program will feature some of the finest jazz musicians in the country performing together, as they do every night during…

Fri 27 March 2015

Roller Trio

8:00pm - 11:30pm @

“Dark, menacing, bass heavy – the new sound of UK jazzzzzzz!” Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music Roller Trio‘s music is a fresh, visceral stew of conventional and experimental sounds that features stonking riffs, thrashy noise, evocative songs and electronic soundscapes.…

Sat 28 March 2015

Bobby Wellins

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

The great Bobby Wellins, known for his special status on the UK jazz scene since the early 1960s.

Sun 29 March 2015

Sophie Agnel/ John Edwards/ Steve Noble

7:30pm - 10:15pm @ Vortex

Sophie Agnel has appeared at the Vortex before, but the hope that she would appear at the last of Evan Parker’s Might I Suggest festivals on France was dashed because she is now busy as a member of the prestigious…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Mon 30 March 2015

TERRY DAY

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

With Trevor Watts, Veryan Weston, Dominic Lash “A class act”

Tue 31 March 2015

Gilad Hekselman Trio with Joe Martin (bass), Jeff Ballard (drums)

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

New York downtown at its best with guitarist Hekselman. And a band to die for.

Sun 05 April 2015

Lume presents: Zonica and Aye-Aye

7:30pm - 10:00pm @ Vortex

Zonica Zonica is an experimental improvising ensemble using a mixture of acoustic instruments and electronics. The group creates a spontaneous narrative of soundscapes, riffs and themes taking the listener on a cosmic, sonic adventure. With a heavy-weight line up from the UK jazz/creative…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Mon 06 April 2015

Alula

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

ALULA is a septet of jazz and world musicians focused on performing Iraqi folk songs in an improvised jazz frame. Founded by British-Iraqi singer and composer, Alya Marquardt, the septet is an evolution of her debut album recorded in New York, which…

Sun 12 April 2015

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Mon 13 April 2015

Freedom

8:00pm - 11:00pm @

2015 Freedom relocates to its new home – The Vortex – and enters a new phase its evolution. Known for its wild, totally free evenings of challenging and up-lifting improvisations which have consistently united a cross cultural and cross generational posse of…

Tue 14 April 2015

Lauren Kinsella / Alex Huber Duo meets Alex Bonney / Olie Brice Duo

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Lauren Kinsella and Alex Huber originally met in Lucerne 2009, recording in Zurich under Dave Liebman at the IASJ Meeting. They later came together in Berlin 2010, to begin exploring new material within the freedom and limitations in duo free play. The…

Wed 15 April 2015

Double duo plus: Mark Holub/Colin Webster & Mark Holub/Irene Kepl

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

A double duo concert of epic improvisational proportions. Part one features Mark Holub(Led Bib) and Colin Webster (Chik Budo) who have been playing as a duo since 2005. They have released 3 albums and their latest album on US based…

Sun 19 April 2015

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Wed 22 April 2015

Liam Noble solo album launch

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Liam Noble launches his newest solo album on Basho.

Thu 23 April 2015

Liam Noble solo piano album launch + Myra Melford

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

A top double bill with Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg.

Sun 26 April 2015

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Mon 27 April 2015

The Whammies

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Led by Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra, the Whammies specialises in the music of Steve Lacy, with the likes of Jeb Bishop from Chicago and Han Bennink from Amsterdam. This date celebrates the release of the band’s third album. Presented in…

Sun 03 May 2015

Linda Sharrock

2:30pm - 5:00pm @ Vortex

Iconic singer Linda Sharrock comes for an intimate Sunday afternoon show with Mario Rectern and others including Charlie Collins, John Jasnoch and Derek Saw. Produced in conjunction with Mopomoso. From allmusic biography, by Ron Wynn: ‘While not as well known…

Lume presents: Jeff Spencer’s Crocodile & Nick Malcolm Quartet

7:30pm - 10:00pm @

Jeff Spencer’s Crocodile Crocodile is the vehicle for compositions by bassist Jeff Spencer, featuring an all-star lineup of some of the best young jazz musicians around. The best of modern classical influences sit amongst infectious and raucous world rhythms and obtuse funk.…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Sun 10 May 2015

Sara Mitra – ‘Losing You’ Album launch

7:30pm - 10:00pm @ Vortex

Sara Mitra is a singer, songwriter and bandleader.  Her new music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and psychedelic blues.  A Time Out ‘Critics Choice’ live act, Mitra’s second album ‘Losing You’ (produced by Ben…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Mon 11 May 2015

Freedom

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

2015 Freedom relocates to its new home – The Vortex – and enters a new phase its evolution. Known for its wild, totally free evenings of challenging and up-lifting improvisations which have consistently united a cross cultural and cross generational posse of…

Sun 17 May 2015

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Sat 23 May 2015

Alan Skidmore

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex
Sun 24 May 2015

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Tue 26 May 2015

Babelfish

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Brigitte Beraha, Barry Green, Chris Laurence, Paul Clarvis Babelfish is led by Brigitte Beraha (vocals) and Barry Green (piano), joined by the wonderful Chris Laurence on bass and Paul Clarvis on percussion. Beraha and Green clearly have a close musical…

Thu 28 May 2015

VEIN featuring Dave Liebman

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

We welcome back two friends of the Vortex, but for the first time together. It coincides with the release of their new album together. VEIN played at the club last year with Greg Osby, attracting a four star Guardian review.…

Sat 30 May 2015

Chris Cheek with Hannes Riepler

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Kit Downes and more as well.

Sun 31 May 2015

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Sat 06 June 2015

Phil Robson Organ Trio

8:00pm @ Vortex

With Ross Stanley (Hammond), Gene Calderazzo (drums)

Sun 07 June 2015

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Tue 09 June 2015

Ivo Neame

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex
Sun 14 June 2015

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Wed 17 June 2015

Basil Hodge – A tribute to Horace Silver

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Just one year after the death of the great Horace Silver, pianist Basil Hodge leads a tribute to this legend. With Tony Kofi, Larry Bartley, Rod Youngs.

Fri 19 June 2015

Julian Siegel Quartet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

JULIAN SIEGEL is an in-demand saxophonist on the European Jazz scene who has worked with many of the top figures in the music. He was awarded the 2007 BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist. His current bands are the Julian…

Sun 21 June 2015

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Sun 28 June 2015
Mon 29 June 2015

Ian Smith 50th birthday event

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

So far confirmed! Byron Wallen/Brand/Lucas/Marshall/Powell, Lowther/Tomlinson McPhail/Lash/Hayward Noble/Mattos/Stephens Gabrels/Lawson/Husband More to come…..

Tue 30 June 2015

Loz Speyer Timezone

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex
Thu 24 September 2015
Fri 25 September 2015
Sat 03 October 2015

Kit Downes Trio

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

His new trio with Petter Eldh (bass), James Maddren (drums)