Become A Member. Just £100 a year Subscribe
Pick a date
Cleveland Watkiss sings the Great Jamaican Songbook ft. Orphy Robinson and the Delroy Murray Band. 21 December. Tickets will sell fast!
Loading Events

Wed 19 December 2018

Thu 20 December 2018

Evan Parker and friends

Evan Parker ends another year of regular nights at the Vortex as he has been doing for the past 50 years and as he means to go on – with…

Fri 21 December 2018

Sat 22 December 2018

Tony Kofi

One of this country’s liveliest musicians whose credits range as far as Ornette Coleman and beyond celebrates the festive season. Picking from a repertoire that will include Duke Ellington and…

Fri 28 December 2018


Ray Carless is a talented Jamaican saxophonist whose musical career spans almost 40 years. He started started out on his musical journey working with a wide variety of pop jazz…

Sat 29 December 2018


Legendary English guitarist John Etheridge brings sensational new vocal star Vimala Rowe to the Vortex for another evening of passion and soul. John will play some of his celebrated solo…

Sun 30 December 2018

Mon 31 December 2018

Ian Shaw’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Always great in these intimate gigs, Britain’s finest jazz vocalist, producer and songsmith, Ian Shaw hosts an exuberant party with a set of appropriately festive songs. Whether it’s his radical…

Fri 04 January 2019

Scott Stroman’s New Exiles

The international group The New Exiles return to the Vortex after last year’s sold-out New Year’s gigs. American singer Scott Stroman is joined by Swedish saxophonist Cennet Jönsson and three…

Sat 05 January 2019

Sun 06 January 2019

Mon 07 January 2019


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…

Tue 08 January 2019

Bruno Heinen Quintet

Bruno Heinen brings his forward-looking, originals quintet to the Vortex. Described by the Guardian as eclectic, eccentric, and unobtrusively erudite, the group features a stellar line-up of James Copus, Rachael…

Wed 09 January 2019


Talinka defies boundaries between styles and genres. It is where folk, early music, jazz and tango merge into simplicity, harmony and warmth.  Talinka creates a new distinctive sound that explores the unique…

Thu 10 January 2019

RESOLUTE + friends + Clarkson/Williams

Raph Clarkson (trombone, FX) + Chris Williams (sax) will perform a freely improvised set, interacting with the live painting of Aurelie Freoua. The second set will see RESOLUTE preview their forthcoming…

Sat 12 January 2019

Janette Mason’s Red Alert

Combining synthesizers with piano for this album, Janette aims to stay true to her unique compositional style whilst developing a new contemporary jazz sound. Joining her in this new venture…

Sun 13 January 2019

London Jazz Orchestra

The London Jazz Orchestra Vortex Sessions, at 28 years old, is London’s longest jazz residency. Under the direction of Scott Stroman, the band seems to go from strength to strength,…


The John Bennett Band is a 15 piece jazz ensemble. The music is structured whilst also allowing for interplay between the musicians. John describes the band as not a “…

Mon 14 January 2019

Tue 15 January 2019

Tom Smith Septet

Tom Smith is a London based saxophonist and composer. He runs a number of his own bands and has brought his music all round the UK, including two sold out…

Wed 16 January 2019


Over the years, the Vortex has encouraged and enjoyed many groups which balance wit and joy with subtlety and complexity. Township Comets, the celebration of Dudu Pukwana led by Chris…

Thu 17 January 2019

Joy Ellis

Joy Ellis is a pianist, singer and composer based in London. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama she has toured all over the world playing jazz.…

Fri 18 January 2019

Sat 19 January 2019

Sun 20 January 2019


‘Crossing’ is a trio with Veryan Weston/keystation, Hannah Marshall/cello and Yusuf Ahmed/drums/percussion. They present a new project with specially invited guest violinist Pei Ann Yeoh who is visiting UK from…

Mon 21 January 2019

Kristian Borring Quartet

With the release of his critically albums ‘Silent Storm’ (2016) and ‘Live at the Vortex’ (2017), Danish guitarist and composer Kristian Borring and his group have been turning heads and…

Tue 22 January 2019

Evan Parker and Friends

The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker ranges from “free jazz” to “free improvisation”. Each month Evan invites different guests to play with him. Parker was born in Bristol…

Wed 23 January 2019

Joe Hill’s North Ark

Joe Hill’s North Ark is a new jazz septet, started in 2017. They play original compositions and arrangements by Joe, which are influenced by a wide variety of artists, such…

Thu 24 January 2019

The Leo Richardson Quartet

Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is widely recognised to be one of London’s leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His most significant influences…

Fri 25 January 2019

Rachel Cohen

From growing up in the remote Shetland Islands, to High School at the prestigious ‘City of Edinburgh Music School’ and a degree from Birmingham Conservatoire, Rachael Cohen now find herself…

Sat 26 January 2019

Sun 27 January 2019

Mon 28 January 2019

Jazz Alloy

Next collaboration is a brave cross genre mix were the legendary saxophonist Steve Williamson (from Jazz Warriors and a succesful solo career) will team up with the Swedish folk star Emilia…

Sat 02 February 2019

Sun 10 February 2019

Jam Experiment

Chosen in ‘Shape of Jazz to Come’ (Jazzwise), Jam Experiment are an award-winning band with a frontline of trombone/violin/vocals, presenting engaging contemporary jazz with explosive rock energy.

Tue 12 February 2019

Nishla Smith Quintet

With a background of entwined classical and jazz influences, Nishla is a singer with a penchant is for story telling. Lush harmonies, haunting lyrics and precise arrangements await.

Wed 13 February 2019

Thu 14 February 2019

Luca Manning Valentine’s Day Special

Luca Manning is an award winning Jazz vocalist and composer from Glasgow, Scotland. He is inspired by a wide range of artists and musical styles, as well as being firmly…

Sat 16 February 2019

McCormack & Yarde Duo

The McCormack & Yarde Duo first appeared togther at the Vortex in 2008. Tonight the duo return over a decade later as an established act on the international music scene.

Sun 17 February 2019

Craig Taborn – Solo

Composer/Pianist/Electronic Musican Craig Taborn was born and raised in Golden Valley, Minnesota.  While Studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Craig had the good fortune to play in…

Tue 19 February 2019


Playing experimental, genre blending music, award winning Tyneside trio Archipelago fuse jazz, alt-rock and free improvisation to name a few, taking inspiration from musicians as diverse as Don Cherry, Morphine and Joni Mitchell.

Sat 23 February 2019

THE HI-LIFE ORCHESTRA Directed by Abdul Raheem

The Hi-Life Orchestra, directed by trombonist and vocalist Abdul Raheem to celebrate the iconic music style that makes the whole West Africa dance and that gave birth to Afrobeat. Trombonist and…

Wed 27 February 2019

Joyful Noise presents: TONY REMY

Tony Rémy has been a mainstay on the international jazz and funk scene for over 30 years. Tonight he plays with his explosive quartet featuring: Anders Olinder (keyboards/piano), Nick Cohen (bass) & Frank Tontoh (drums)

Wed 06 March 2019

JZ Replacement featuring Tim Lefebvre

Line up: Zhenya Strigalev – saxes, electronics Jamie Murray – drums Tim Lefebvre – bass, electronics   JZ Replacement is a high energy and intense newly formed project, having just…

Tue 26 March 2019

Uncanny Valley

‘The group formed in July 2017 and perform original music composed by the British contingent of it’s members. Challenger and Donkin are long-time associates from London, where Challenger still resides.…

Sun 07 April 2019


Versatile NYC based trio KADAWA makes its Vortex debut, performing original compositions from their upcoming 2nd album. Expect powerful grooves, distinct moods and adventurous improvisations.

Site by OBLONG