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Mon 22 July 2019

Balagan Cafe Band

Rooted in Parisian and American Jazz – but taking in the Chaabi music of Al-
geria, Balkan folk melodies and the early modern music of Western Europe –
Balagan combines these thread into an elegant yet fiery fusion featuring the
intimate chamber instrumentation of violin, guitar and cello.

Tue 23 July 2019

Dave Douglas – Composition Masterclass

Dave Douglas will talk about composition, including his own works and those of his colleagues. Dave will also give some hands-on direction for composers: suggestions, exercises, and ways of looking…

Tom Dennis

Following on from Dave Douglas’ masterclass in the afternoon, trumpeter Tom Dennis will be performing in the evening. Trumpet player Tom Dennis, has been a part of the London scene…

Wed 24 July 2019

Alex Western-King: Cannonball Reimagined

Alex Western-King – Saxophone Sam Leak – Piano Steve Watts – Bass Will Glaser – Drums Alex Western-King Quartet presents Cannonball Reimagined -a night dedicated to reinventing and contorting the…

Thu 25 July 2019

Fri 26 July 2019

Hard Edges + Dee Byrne solo

Hard Edges explore multiphonics, quarter-tones and drones. The group is made up of Chris Dowding (trumpet), Dave Amis (trombone) and Ben Higham (tuba).

Kairos 4tet ft. Emilia Martensson & Alice Zawadzki

After a 3 year hiatus MOBO Award winning Kairos 4Tet, led by Adam Waldmann, return to present music from their upcoming 4th album, delving deeper in to the art of song. Regarded as one of a kind – Kairos 4Tet bridge the gap between classic and contemporary; the jazz orbit and folk lineage; with ferocious grooves, searching improvisations and melodies that linger long after the music stops.


As the name suggests, Voyager II aren’t about standing still, artistically or physically. Hailing from London, this guitar / drums duo have soaked up the eclectic mix of sounds on…

Sat 27 July 2019

Carol Grimes

Carol Grimes – Voice Deirdre Cartwright – Guitar Alison Rayner – Bass Jessica Lauren – Keyboards Winston Clifford – Drums     The return of the mistressful Carol Grimes, one…

Sun 28 July 2019


Line up: Ian McGowan (trumpet) Hannah Marshall (cello) Marcio Mattos (bass) trio + John Rangecroft (clarinet) solo + Phil Minton (voice) John Russell (guitar) duo       Ian McGowan…

Mon 29 July 2019

Tue 30 July 2019

Chris Maddock Quartet

Soul-jazz influenced original tracks from this quartet comprised of four of the London jazz scene’s most exciting young talents. Saxophonist and composer Chris Maddock combines the classic Hammond organ rhythm…

Wed 31 July 2019


Josephine Davies – saxophones, composer Brigitte Beraha – voice Alcyona Mick – piano Integrating music, poetry and spoken word, this latest project from composer and saxophonist Josephine Davies celebrates the…

Thu 01 August 2019

Burning Ghosts & TORU

Making their London debut, Burning Ghosts is a politically motivated quartet at the forefront of the jazz-metal underground featuring four of the most acclaimed musicians in the LA experimental music scene. Playing…

Fri 02 August 2019

Martin Speake Trio

Martin Speake (sax) Mike Outram (guitar) Jeff Williams (drums)     Citing Charlie Parker, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Rabih Abou Khalil amongst his major influences,…

JazzInc Twilight Sessions

An evening of live music influenced by the Jazz genre. Jazz Inc brings together a community of experienced artists, with leading Bass player Paul Westwood and his band in the driving…

Sat 03 August 2019

Georgia Mancio Quartet

“an object lesson in subtlety…in the impact of nuance…It’s beautiful”  All About Jazz 5***** “[Mancio] has everything covered – technical mastery, expressive range and a remarkable versatility”  The Observer 4****…

Sun 04 August 2019

Dylan Bates “Penge Triangle”

Dylan Bates (violin) Steve Watts (bass) Roy Dodds (drums)     The Bates family are a hallowed triumvirate of genius. Here violinist Dylan, known for his playing with Billy Jenkins,…

Mon 05 August 2019

Tue 06 August 2019

Moss Freed’s Union Division

Line Up: Moss Freed – guitar Otto Willberg – bass Dave Smith – drums Will Glaser – drums Chris Williams – alto Rachel Musson – tenor Josephine Davies – tenor…

Thu 08 August 2019

Fri 09 August 2019

Sat 10 August 2019

John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe

John Etheridge (guitar) Vimala Rowe (vocals)   Legendary English guitarist brings sensational new vocal star Vimala Rowe to the Vortex for an evening of passion and soul. John will play…

Mon 12 August 2019

Tue 13 August 2019

Thu 15 August 2019

Sun 18 August 2019


MOPOMOSO was founded in 1991 by guitarist John Russell and pianist, trumpeter and composer Chris Burn to promote freely improvised music in all its forms and where applicable its relationship…

Wed 21 August 2019

Sun 25 August 2019

Wed 28 August 2019

Fri 06 September 2019

Wed 11 September 2019

Thu 12 September 2019

Moholo messengers

Louis Moholo-Moholo percussion Neil Metcalfe flute Caroline Kraabel alto sax, voice John Edwards double bass   A rare opportunity to hear this quartet of consummate and virtuosic improvisers, who first…

Sat 14 September 2019

Tue 17 September 2019

Mon 30 September 2019

Fri 15 November 2019


Line Up: Tessel Hersbach (violin) Yanna Pelser (viola) Bence Huszar (cello) Julian Schneemann (piano) Camiel Jansen (bass/compositions) Jeroen Batterink (drums)   A boxing ring is set on stage. Six musicians…

JZ Replacement

Line up: Zhenya Strigalev – saxes, electronics Jamie Murray – drums JZ Replacement is a high energy and intense newly formed project, having just successfully played the Love Supreme festival,…

Sat 16 November 2019


Calum Gourlay – Double Bass Martin Speake – Saxophone Hans Koller – Euphonium/Piano Dave Ingamells – Drums Thelonious formed in 2015 to study and play the music of one of…

Sun 17 November 2019


Calum Gourlay – Double Bass Martin Speake – Saxophone Hans Koller – Euphonium/Piano Dave Ingamells – Drums Thelonious formed in 2015 to study and play the music of one of…

Angelica Sanchez Quartet

Angelica Sanchez – piano Mark Sanders – Drums Paul Dunmall – sax John O’Gallagher – sax Pianist/Composer/Educator Angelica Sanchez moved to New York from Arizona in 1994. Since moving to…

Mon 18 November 2019

Tue 19 November 2019

Calum Gourlay Big Band

Our monthly residency continues for a big band initiated by bassist Calum Gourlay, known for his great work with Thelonious, an award-winning solo album and more. “I want it to…

Wed 20 November 2019

Riley Stone-Lonergan Quartet

saxophonist Riley Stone-Lonergan brings his quartet to the festival for the first time, a stunning group of emotional breadth and intensity. His name is one the world will hear much…

Sun 24 November 2019

Improvised Music Agenda:Live Podcast

Hosted by Huw V Williams, he chats to fellow musicians about life and music within the world of jazz and improvised music. Join for the first live recordings with musicians…

SKYLLA (+support)

Ruth Goller is a name familiar to the music world – her contribution to numerous groups is incredible and diverse. SKYLLA is a brand new project by this interesting, enigmatic artist…

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