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Tue 28 May 2024

Sofi Paez

Sofi Paez is a pianist and composer born in San José, Costa Rica. She experiments with piano, voice and electronic elements in search for new ways of expression in her roots, using both the Spanish and English language.

Wed 29 May 2024

Brigitte Beraha’s Lucid Dreamers

A year on from their last appearance at the club, ‘Lucid Dreamers’ return with music from their acclaimed albums as well as brand new offerings.

Thu 30 May 2024

Edition Records Label Meet: Q and A Panel

Open to all musicians, industry and fans wanting to understand a little more about the workings of releasing music, join this FREE event to meet the Edition Records team, and discover insights into the challenges and solutions of releasing music in today’s world.

Jasper Hoiby’s 3Elements Trio

As the founding member of Phronesis, one of the most talked about and acclaimed European bands during the last decade, Jasper Høiby now returns with his new piano trio 3Elements.

Fri 31 May 2024

Myra Melford’s SPLASH TRIO with Neil Charles & Ches Smith (1st Show)

Splash is an adventurous new trio led by visionary pianist/composer Myra Melford, featuring bassist Neil Charles (deputising for Michael Formanek) and drummer/vibraphonist Ches Smith. The project is the latest installment of Melford’s ongoing body of work inspired by and engaging with the work of the American post-abstract expressionist painter Cy Twombly. The bold, sudden action implicit in the trio’s name reflects the energy and motion captured on Twombly’s canvases, a physicality that drives Melford’s exploratory music.

Myra Melford’s SPLASH TRIO with Neil Charles & Ches Smith (2nd Show)

Splash is an adventurous new trio led by visionary pianist/composer Myra Melford, featuring bassist Neil Charles (deputising for Michael Formanek) and drummer/vibraphonist Ches Smith. The project is the latest installment of Melford’s ongoing body of work inspired by and engaging with the work of the American post-abstract expressionist painter Cy Twombly. The bold, sudden action implicit in the trio’s name reflects the energy and motion captured on Twombly’s canvases, a physicality that drives Melford’s exploratory music.

Sat 01 June 2024

ONJ – STEVE LEHMAN EX MACHINA (1ST SHOW)

The Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ) and IRCAM present Ex Machina, a creation conceived by American saxophonist Steve Lehman and artistic director of the ONJ Frédéric Maurin. The fruit of a close collaboration with the Music Representations Team at IRCAM-STMS, Ex Machina combines devices based on Dicy2, an artificial intelligence software developed by researcher Jérôme Nika, with real-time music composing and improvisations by the soloists.

ONJ – STEVE LEHMAN EX MACHINA (2ND SHOW)

The Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ) and IRCAM present Ex Machina, a creation conceived by American saxophonist Steve Lehman and artistic director of the ONJ Frédéric Maurin. The fruit of a close collaboration with the Music Representations Team at IRCAM-STMS, Ex Machina combines devices based on Dicy2, an artificial intelligence software developed by researcher Jérôme Nika, with real-time music composing and improvisations by the soloists.

Sun 02 June 2024

Vortex Jam Session with Rick Simpson

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, the jams will be hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson, tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan (+ a few guests), each one hosting one session on rotation.

Tue 04 June 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Wed 05 June 2024

Samba Azul with Horns

Samba Azul is a chameleon collective of London-based musicians with a shared passion for Brazilian music that has been together for over 10 years. Tonight they return to the Vortex with a special horn section featuring Leo Richardson (tenor sax), Miguel Gorodi (trumpet) & Olli Martin (trombone).

Thu 06 June 2024

Karim Saber Quintet

Following the release of his debut album ‘Transmission’ through Ubuntu Music, guitarist and composer Karim Saber returns to the Vortex alongside his quintet of virtuosic young musicians.

Fri 07 June 2024

TOM SMITH TRIO PLAYS STEVE SWALLOW’S ‘DAMAGED IN TRANSIT’

Tom joins forces with a heavyweight rhythm section Joe Lee (electric bass) and Jay Davis (drums) to perform Steve Swallow’s hard swinging suite of trio music from his 2003 live album ‘Damaged in Transit’ for a unique one-off concert.

Sat 08 June 2024

Future Sounds

The International Piano Academy and Rhythm Squad present their third annual Future Sounds Concert. Young musicians from across London will come together for this unique event.

Altera Vita – Alina Bzhezhinska & Tony Kofi feat. Joel Prime

Altera Vita is the first studio album by world-renowned multi-award-winning artists Tony Kofi (tenor saxophone) and Alina Bzhezhinska (harp) as a duo. The album is saxophone and harp in perfect harmony with Tony and Alina also providing the bulk of the percussion to accompany their recordings.

Sun 09 June 2024

Vortex Jam Session

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, the jams will be hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson, tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan (+ a few guests), each one hosting one session on rotation.

Mon 10 June 2024

Tue 11 June 2024

Richard Fairhurst – Album Launch

Steinway artist and BBC Jazz Award winner Richard Fairhurst presents “Inside Out” with his longstanding trio featuring Dave Whitford on double bass and Tim Giles on drums.

Wed 12 June 2024

Mike Fletcher’s Silent Form Quartet

Doors 6:30 PM, Music 7:30 PM – 1 set(s) of music   Line-up: Mike Fletcher – Alto saxophone Petter Frost Fadnes – Alto saxophone Olie Brice – Double Bass Dag…

Dave Storey Trio

The Dave Storey Trio present brand new material for their up-coming fourth album featuring their signature quicksilver interplay honed over almost a decade of playing and touring together. The jazz tradition brought to life for the 21st century – communication with love, humour and fire.

Thu 13 June 2024

Fri 14 June 2024

Alice Leggett’s Reunion Band

This one-off performance will feature London-affiliated musicians who have journeyed to Amsterdam and New York. This special reunion brings them together for a special evening, showcasing compositions primarily by Alice Leggett, complemented by works from other band members.

Dalston Song Club [LATE NIGHT]

Two songwriters join Matthew Herd to perform in the round as part of this intimate, late night series.
This month features lilo and Joseph Futak.

Sat 15 June 2024

Local & Live in Hackney Presents Mandalakia

After a short hiatus, we are happy to resume our series of events at the Vortex Downstairs organised by Local & Live in Hackney, a small group of local musicians and artists. They organise gigs to support musicians, and their communities, across the rich traditions of Hackney and East London.

The Calum Gourlay Big Band

Calum Gourlay’s big band returns to the Vortex for the first time in 2024. Always featuring new music and arrangements and pieces crafted during the band’s past residency at the club.

Sun 16 June 2024

Mopomoso / June

Come & join us for another special Mopomoso featuring: Jamie Coleman (trumpet) & Ross Lambert (guitar) + Bark! ~ Rex Casswell (guitar), Paul Obermayer (electronics) & Philip Marks (drums) + mcddavid & Jörg Hufschmidt (guitars etc)

Vortex Jam Session

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, the jams will be hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson, tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan (+ a few guests), each one hosting one session on rotation.

Tue 18 June 2024

Album Launch Party: TOO MANY SWEETS

You are invited to a celebration of composer Benjamin Oliver’s first portrait album TOO MANY SWEETS, released in April 2024 by Birmingham Record Company (distributed by NMC). The album features artists including Ensemble Saxologie (Montreal), Riot Ensemble, Clíodna Shanahan & Dorothy Chan (New York).

Wed 19 June 2024

Misrule

Featuring: Alan Wilkinson (saxophone), Jamie Coleman (trumpet), Ed Lucas (trombone), Dave Tucker (guitar), Marcio Mattos (double bass) & Phillip Marks (drums)

Phil Robson’s Organ Trio

Phil Robson, an award-winning, incredibly versatile and creative guitar player as well as celebrated composer, joins forces with the Hammond virtuoso Ross Stanley and the inspiring and powerful drummer Gene Calderazzo in this all-star band. The music is sensational, played with great energy and the incredible rapport between the three members is something that definitely sets this band apart.

Thu 20 June 2024

Luke Bainbridge’s Surface Tension

Inspired by the dynamic relationship between composition and improvisation, Surface Tension explores different forms of musical storytelling – from large-scale journeys, to angular ritualistic loops, to multi-layered song forms.

Fri 21 June 2024

Out Front

After two previous sell-out Vortex gigs, UK jazz super group, Out Front return to play original music in advance of their debut album, together with music by two of Jazz’s greatest ‘inside-outside’ masters: Booker Little and Andrew Hill.

Sat 22 June 2024

Sun 23 June 2024

Vortex Jam Session

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, the jams will be hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson, tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan (+ a few guests), each one hosting one session on rotation.

Mon 24 June 2024

Kenny Wheeler’s Lost Scores

presented by the combined big band of the Royal Academy of Music and Frost School of Music, University of Miami. Featuring Norma Winstone, John Daversa, Nick Smart and James Copus.

Tue 25 June 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Wed 26 June 2024

Tereza Catarov – Koren

Tereza Catarov is a musician born in Romania and based in London (UK), who is gifted with the talent of composition and the art of singing.

Thu 27 June 2024

Sat 29 June 2024

Janette Mason Rewired

Rewired is the new acoustic trio project from acclaimed composer, arranger and pianist, Janette Mason.

Sun 30 June 2024

Vortex Jam Session

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, the jams will be hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson, tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan (+ a few guests), each one hosting one session on rotation.

Wed 03 July 2024

Jessica Ackerley, Maddalena Ghezzi and Eli Wallace

Ackerley, Wallace and Ghezzi will present a concert featuring compositions by each artist in a song cycle woven with spontaneous interludes as an inquiry into causes and broader social issues such as climate change impact.

Thu 04 July 2024

Asha Parkinson’s Kalpadruma Quartet

Dynamic saxophonist, composer and arranger, Asha Parkinson founded Kalpadruma in 2017 to explore exciting meeting points between Jazz, Contemporary Classical, Flamenco, Mediterranean, Arab and Indian musics.

Fri 05 July 2024

Coco Mbassi Live with a 4tet

Coco Mbassi returns to the Vortex with a quartet featuring French and UK jazz musicians performing some of her latest songs!

Sun 07 July 2024

Vortex Jam Session

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, the jams will be hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson, tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan (+ a few guests), each one hosting one session on rotation.

Wed 10 July 2024

ONe_Orchestra New

ONe_Orchestra New is a large group of improvising musicians brought together by Caroline Kraabel and made up of women and trans/non-binary people.

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