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Thu 02 July 2015

Theo Travis’ Double Talk

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

“Equally acclaimed in straight-ahead jazz settings, progressive rock bands and experimental ambient music, Theo Travis has an international reputation as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene” (Amazon). His many musical interests come together in this distinctive…

Fri 03 July 2015

Gill Manly

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Mentored and encouraged over the years by so many of the great and the good, Eartha Kitt, Blossom Dearie, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Tony Bennett, Gill has built a repertoire and individual style that is completely recognisable as her own…

Sat 04 July 2015

Nefes Ensemble

4:00pm - 6:00pm @ Vortex

The Nefes Ensemble is a London based group of amateur and professional musicians performing renditions of traditional folk music songs. Founded by Gonul Tekin Ekmekci in 2009 and led by Hamit Sağ, the collective’s repertoire includes a wide variety of authentic pieces. Folk…

Ben Cox Band

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

The Ben Cox Band were at The Vortex  recently and delighted our customers with songs from Tony Bennett, Sinatra, Neil Young & Joni Mitchell. Since then they have launched their debut album This Waiting Game to great acclaim, with their…

Sun 05 July 2015

Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra (MOJO)

3:00pm - 6:00pm @

The exciting 17-piece jazz big band Mojo (moderately optimistic jazz orchestra) plays a laid-back & up-tempo swing, Latin and funk from the traditional (Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Duke Ellington) through to the modern (Gordon Goodwin, Michel Camilo, NYJO, Tower of…

Vortex Downstairs: Maciek Pysz Quartet

6:00pm - 8:30pm @ Vortex Downstairs

Maciek Pysz’s Trio present an exciting programme featuring new music from their latest album. Promises to be an unforgettable evening of world music, jazz and fusion.

Sunny Melody – London Debut

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Vocalist Sunny Melody is one of the new voices of Nigeria’s Juju music, moving the music into the 21st century with up-to-the minute grooves powered by the rich eloquence of the talking drum. In this, his London Votex debut, he…

Mon 06 July 2015

Vortex Guitar Fest featuring Colin Oxley and the Vortex Trio

8:00pm - 10:00pm @

Colin Oxley kicks off our guitar festival with Barry Green and the Vortex Jazz Trio (Jeremy Brown, Tristan Maillot). A graduate of Leeds College of Music he moved to London in the early eighties quickly teaming up with jazz guitarist…

Tue 07 July 2015

Vortex Guitar Fest featuring Phil Robson and the Vortex Trio

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Phil Robson continues our  Guitar Fest this evening, playing with the Vortex Trio, led by Barry Green on piano with Jeremy Brown (bass) and the unique Gene Calderazzo (drums) Phil is internationally regarded as a highly versatile and creative player who…

Wed 08 July 2015

Moss Project

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

“Modern, hectic and gleefully bizarre.” (London Jazz).This original group are all composers with influences as far-reaching as Rage Against The Machine, Bill Frisell and Middle Eastern folk music. Expect some hot guitar as part of the Vortex Guitar Fest.  …

Thu 09 July 2015

A Loop Collective Night

8:00pm - 1:00am @ Vortex

Splice image by Emile Holba A Loop Collective night featuring Splice: Splice’s raison d’être is to mesh together influences of contemporary jazz, free improv, loud and soft noise, punk grit, ambient music, and more… with seamless blends or blunt juxtapositions.Featuring Alex Bonney on…

Fri 10 July 2015

John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Legendary English guitarist brings sensational new vocal star Vimala Rowe to the Vortex for an evening of passion and soul. John will play some of his celebrated solo set and then be joined by Vimala for an intimate guitar /vocal…

Sat 11 July 2015

Norma Winstone

10:00pm @ Vortex

London-born Norma Winstone first attracted attention in the late sixties when she shared the bill at Ronnie Scott’s club with Roland Kirk. Although she began her career singing jazz standards, she became involved in the avant garde movement, exploring the…

Sun 12 July 2015

Guildhall Jazz Band and Singers directed by Scott Stroman featuring Kenny Wheeler’s Suite Time Suite

7:30pm - 10:30pm @ Vortex

The Guildhall Jazz Band is recognised as one of Europe’s top student jazz orchestras. Five-time winner of the BBC Big Band contest, it has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Billy Cobham, Norma Winstone, John Taylor, Rufus Reid, David Liebman, Toshiko Akiyoshi and many…

Mon 13 July 2015

Warriors International Present Freedom

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Our monthly ‘loft’ groove night, ably curated by Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss, continues Please like & share:

Tue 14 July 2015

Overground Collective

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Overground Collective A welcome return for a great big band, just getting its new release ready. Paulo Dias Duarte is an award-winning Portuguese composer, based in London since 2003. Paulo’s compositions mix styles and frame musical clichés in very unusual…

Wed 15 July 2015

Blow the Fuse present ARQ Alison Rayner Quintet plus Camilla George Quartet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Alison Rayner bass Buster Birch drums Deirdre Cartwright guitar Diane McLoughlin saxophones Steve Lodder piano ARQ, led by bass player Alison Rayner, play “deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz” (Jazz UK Nov 2014). They released their first album August to critical acclaim in…

Thu 16 July 2015

Jessica Radcliffe, Martin Speake, Tom Herbert

7:30pm - 9:00pm @ Vortex Downstairs

Maybe a new singer for some, but already Jessica has great experience – NYJO, Trinity College of Music (where her tutors included Martin Speake, Brigitte Beraha, Simon Purcell, Nia Lynn and more) with performances all over London. This is her…

Alex Munk

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Seen regularly as the mainstay of so many bands at the Vortex, it is great to give this guitarist a chance to lead his own group here. His unique composition set visceral, rock out guitar improvisations and triumphant themes amongst…

Fri 17 July 2015

Liane Carroll

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Liane Carroll is one of the UK’s most outstanding jazz singers. She began her career at the age of 15, and since then has recorded numerous acclaimed albums, headlined at Ronnie Scott’s, at the Glastonbury Festival and toured worldwide. She…

Sat 18 July 2015

Anita Wardell + guests

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

” Winner of the “Best Jazz Vocalist Category” in the 2013 British Jazz Awards, Wardell is noted for her vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Anita will be joined by some special guests including Emily Aldrich, a talented…

Sun 19 July 2015

Dogma feat. Alessandro Lanzoni and Federico Casagrande

7:30am - 10:30pm @ Vortex

Dogma The Vortex is always keen to give opportunities for our audiences to hear what is happening all over Europe. Italy is no exception. Dogma is a new forward-looking project by four of the most prominent young Italian jazz musicians:…

Mopomoso

2:00pm - 5:00pm @

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Mon 20 July 2015

DOLLYman

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Kerry Andrew is a musical Renaissance woman. She has played at the Vortex in a number of line-ups, such as the alt-folk You are Wolf and in Laura Cole’s Metamorphic. She’s had her choral work published by Oxford University Press…

Tue 21 July 2015

White Flower + Valia Calda

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

White Flower is a recently formed trio featuring Sylvia Schmidt on vocals, Will Newell on violin and Seb Silas on soprano saxophone. The trio explores the ensemble potential of combining three voices that are mostly presented as soloists. The music…

Wed 22 July 2015

Geoff Gascoyne’s Blue Hats – The music of the Yellowjackets

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Geoff Gascoyne leads a great young band in the music of the iconic Yellowjackets. Bringing to the music the life and attitude of 2015 London. Geoff Gascoyne – electric bass Simon Marsh – alto / tenor saxophones Jamie Safirudin –…

Thu 23 July 2015

Larry Bartley – Just Us

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Larry Bartley (bass), Ed Jones, Tony Kofi (saxes), Rod Youngs (drums) Unsuprisingly for such a stellar line-up with an imaginative lyrical bass like Larry, this is a classy band, playing music from their debut recording ‘Beauty in the Hideous’. And…

Fri 24 July 2015

Alan Skidmore

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

One of the outstanding figures of British jazz, Alan Skidmore is onstage once again at the Vortex. Please like & share:

Sat 25 July 2015

Ian Shaw

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

One of Britain’s wittiest but also most moving vocalists, Ian Shaw continues his monthly residency with a delicious blend of mirth and melody. Please like & share:

Sun 26 July 2015

Tori Handsley Trio

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Tori Handsley (harp), Ruth Goller (bass), Moses Boyd (drums). A new trio led by the dynamic harpist Tori Handsley, known for her work with the likes of Nigel Kennedy as well as at our Freedom nights.   Please like &…

Mon 27 July 2015

Tori Freestone

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Freestone’s new trio has been gaining great attention for her as of late. Comprised of long-time musical associates in uber-creative drummer Tim Giles and the highly original bassist Dave Manington, Tori has been developing her own repertoire which explores the…

Tue 28 July 2015

Amy Gamlen UK Quartet – with special guest, Steve Fishwick

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Saxophonist Amy Gamlen debuts her new UK quartet with some of London’s finest musicians – Sam Watts (piano), Dave Whitford (bass) and Matt Fishwick (drums), with special guest Steve Fishwick on trumpet. Lyrical, accessible jazz with a hard swinging rhythm section,…

Wed 29 July 2015

Downstairs – Matt Ridley Trio

7:00pm - 9:00pm @ Vortex Downstairs

In recent years, Matt Ridley has established himself as ‘one of the most exciting young bass players around’ (Marlbank), performing with a who’s who of UK jazz. Stepping up to become a bandleader, his 2013 trio release ‘Thymos’ garnered extensive…

Kamao Quartet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

The Kamao Quartet take their inspiration from the legacy of the great Django Reinhardt and traditional Manouche and Romani music. Fronted by singer and guitarist Jean de Talhouet, the band includes clarinet (Dave Shulman), gypsy guitars (Harry Sankey), and double…

Thu 30 July 2015

PARKER/RUSSELL/EDWARDS

8:00pm - 11:00pm @

Tonight playing with John Russell, guitar and John Edwards, bass, Evan Parker returns to remind of us all that is musically free…. Please like & share:

Fri 31 July 2015

Annie Whitehead’s World Music Workshop

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Back for their annual Vortex Workshop. An exciting blend of music from twenty horns, featuring jazz, african and latin grooves, under the leadership of trombone virtuoso Annie Whitehead and supported by the phenomenal bass and drums of Jennifer Maidman and…

Sat 01 August 2015

Clark Tracey

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

A great drummer, most often known here for his work with father Stan, works today with the stars of tomorrow. An English and clean version of Art Blakey? Please like & share:

Mon 03 August 2015

Brad Shepik Guitar Clinic

4:00pm - 6:00pm @

A chance to learn with a leading voice and educator on the guitar, hosted by the London Jazz Guitar Society. Shepik is a founding member of several “collective” ensembles and contributed compositons to the sax/guitar/drums trio BABKAS, and the Balkan and…

Brad Shepik Trio

8:00pm - 11:00pm @

A chance to hear one of the leading voices of Jazz Guitar in two memorable settings.  Opening the concert with a solo guitar set, Shepik will be joined by a superb local rhythm section with Tom Farmer on bass and…

Thu 06 August 2015

Esther Bennett’s Birthday Gig

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Esther Bennett, popular singer on the London Jazz scene, celebrates her birthday tonight singing a selection of songs from her CD  “Just in Time”  (produced, recorded and engineered by Ian Shaw, Dill Katz and Joe Leach at The Cowshed), original material (including…

Sat 08 August 2015

Estelle Kokot Trio

8:00pm - 11:00pm @

Estelle Kokot performs new arrangements of her original material and previews her new album The Sound of You featuring songs written by Chico Freeman and Jan Pulsford. Estelle will be launching The Sound of You in South Africa at the…

Mon 10 August 2015

Jazz Warriors International Present: Freedom

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

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 players, Freedom pursues the promise of legendary associations like the AACM, the Black Artists’ Group and Sam Rivers’…

Tue 11 August 2015

Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

The full monty! Please like & share:

Fri 14 August 2015

Elliot Galvin / Mark Sanders

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Elliot Galvin – piano Mark Sanders – drums Acclaimed improviser Elliot Galvin of the UK’s younger generation meets drummer Mark Sanders – hailed as one of the finest drummers in the world of improvisation and beyond. This dynamic duo will be…

Sat 15 August 2015

Fletch’s Brew

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Mark Fletcher and his crew – Freddie Gavita (tpt), Carl Orr (gtr), Steve Pearce (bass) Please like & share:

Sun 16 August 2015

Fete Qua Qua

2:00pm - 5:00pm @

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Mon 17 August 2015

Fete Qua Qua

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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Tue 18 August 2015

Fete Qua Qua

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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Wed 19 August 2015

Paul Zauner’s Blue Spirits featuring Kirk Lightsey Copy

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Two nights celebrating Duke Ellington with the band of Paul Zauner (who runs the Inntöne festival and was at the Vortex in 2014 with his Great Voices of Harlem band). Featuring one of the great pianists Kirk Lightsey, whose playing…

Thu 20 August 2015

Paul Zauner’s Blue Spirits featuring Kirk Lightsey

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Two nights celebrating Duke Ellington with the band of Paul Zauner (who runs the Inntöne festival and was at the Vortex in 2014 with his Great Voices of Harlem band). Featuring one of the great pianists Kirk Lightsey, whose playing…

Sat 22 August 2015

Bobby Wellins Quartet

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

We welcome back a genuine legend of British jazz, tonight playing with this group of musicians some of whom are well established, others new to the scene. Bobby Wellins, saxophone Liam Noble, piano Mark Lewandowski, bass Dave Wickins, drums Bobby…

Sat 29 August 2015

Ian Shaw

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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 showtunes. Having amassed a number of highly acclaimed releases Shaw’s performances…

Fri 18 September 2015

Don Kipper

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

Don Kipper are an award-winning innovative ensemble playing and transforming a wide range of traditional musical forms, from Turkish Fasıl and Greek Rebetiko to Gypsy Jazz and Klezmer. While we attempt to root ourselves deeply in these traditions we always seek to explore radical interpretations and taut arrangements…

Thu 24 September 2015
Fri 25 September 2015
Sat 26 September 2015

CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PARTY

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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Sun 27 September 2015

Mopomoso

2:00pm - 5:00pm @ Vortex

The longest-standing regular series of improvised music continues. Please like & share:

Mopomoso

2:00pm - 5:00pm @ Vortex

The longest-standing regular series of improvised music continues. Please like & share:

Wed 30 September 2015

Christian Muthspiel with Frank Tortiller, Steve Swallow, Mathieu Michel

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Seaven Teares - A Tribute to John Dowland Christian Muthspiel – trombone, piano, e-piano, compositions Matthieu Michel – trumpet, flugelhorn Franck Tortiller – vibraphone Steve Swallow – bass Recent CD: „Seaven Teares“, ACT 9551-2 “elegantly shifting palette of instrumental colours“ “charming…

Thu 01 October 2015

Christian Muthspiel with Franck Tortiller, Steve Swallow, Mathieu Michel

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Seaven Teares - A Tribute to John Dowland Christian Muthspiel – trombone, piano, e-piano, compositions Matthieu Michel – trumpet, flugelhorn Franck Tortiller – vibraphone Steve Swallow – bass Recent CD: „Seaven Teares“, ACT 9551-2 “elegantly shifting palette of instrumental colours“ “charming…

Sat 03 October 2015

Kit Downes Trio

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

His new trio with Petter Eldh (bass), James Maddren (drums) Please like & share:

Tue 13 October 2015

More Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists- Eddie Prevost meets Nat Catchpole

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Eddie Prevost, doyen of drummers, founder of AMM and improviser par excellence, returns with another series of meetings with remarkable saxophonists. Tonight: Nat Catchpole, John Edwards, Eddie Prevost (to coincide with a new album release on Matchless Records) Please like &…

Sun 18 October 2015

Mopomoso

2:00pm - 5:00pm @ Vortex

The longest-standing regular series of improvised music continues. Please like & share:

Mopomoso

2:00pm - 5:00pm @ Vortex

The longest-standing regular series of improvised music continues. Please like & share:

Sun 25 October 2015

Anita Wardell

7:30pm - 10:00pm @ Vortex

Following the end of the her regular workshop here, Anita Wardell performs with her band. Please like & share:

Tue 10 November 2015

More Meetings with Remarkable Saxophonists. Eddie Prevost meets Rachel Musson, Sue Lynch

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Eddie Prevost, doyen of drummers, founder of AMM and improviser par excellence, returns with another series of meetings with remarkable saxophonists. Tonight: Rachel Musson (alto saxophone), Sue Lynch (tenor saxophone), Tom Wheatley, Eddie Prevost Please like & share:

Fri 13 November 2015
Sat 14 November 2015

A Magical Musical Story Box

1:30pm - 5:00pm @ Vortex

Two performances: 1.30 p.m. 3.15 p.m. Please like & share:

Annie Whitehead’s Rude

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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Warriors International presents Freedom

11:30pm - 2:00am @ Vortex

EFG London Jazz Festival special Please like & share:

Sun 15 November 2015

Mopomoso

2:30pm - 5:00pm @ Vortex

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Mon 16 November 2015

Starlight ft Peter Evans; Dice Factory

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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Tue 17 November 2015

Match and Fuse Ignite Series

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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Wed 18 November 2015

Double Trouble; Landfermann/Downes

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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Thu 19 November 2015

Evan Parker

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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Fri 20 November 2015

Liane Carroll

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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Sat 21 November 2015

Perfect Houseplants

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

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Sun 22 November 2015

LJO plays the music of Pete Saberton

3:30pm - 6:00pm @ Vortex

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Thelonious

6:15pm - 8:00pm @ Vortex Downstairs

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Tue 24 November 2015

More meetings with Remarkable Saxophonists. Eddie Prevost meets Jason Yarde

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Eddie Prevost, doyen of drummers, founder of AMM and improviser par excellence, returns with another series of meetings with remarkable saxophonists. Tonight: Jason Yarde, John Edwards, Eddie Prevost Please like & share:

Tue 12 January 2016

More Meetings with Remarkable Saxophonists. Eddie Prevost meets Tom Chant

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex

Eddie Prevost, doyen of drummers, founder of AMM and improviser par excellence, returns with another series of meetings with remarkable saxophonists. Tonight: Tom Chant, John Edwards, Eddie Prevost Please like & share: