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Fri 26 December 2014

Closed

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
Sat 27 December 2014

Zoe Francis & Jim Mullen

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

Zoe Francis started singing while living in New York, a time which cemented her love of the American Songbook composers and their lesser known songs. Now shoes making a name for herself in London and will tonight be launching her…

Sun 28 December 2014

Christine Tobin & Phil Robson + Oli Rockberger

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

Christine Tobin‘s style, although rooted in jazz, is eclectic and draws on a broad range of influences from Ireland to West Africa to Brazil (Oumou Sangare, Elis Regina etc). Her sound is rich, authentic and deeply expressive and was described…

Mon 29 December 2014

Sara Moule & Simon Wallace

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

“Honeyed in sound, subtle in timing and pitch, shrewd in weighting the music with meaning.” The Guardian Over the past few years singer Sarah Moule has established a rapidly growing reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting new jazz talents.…

Tue 30 December 2014

Gill Manly and Simon Wallace

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

A singer whose charisma has charmed audiences for years. Performing with one of the best pianists around, making one of the best lead-ins to New Year that you might wish for!

Wed 31 December 2014

Festival of Voices: Ian Shaw’s New Years Eve Bash

8:00pm - 1:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

“Praised far and wide as the greatest male jazz singer Britain has to offer” Jazz Times (US)

Thu 01 January 2015

Procrastinators’ New Years Eve

Back by popular demand the Procrastinators’ NYE Party is for anyone who wants the fun of NYE without the pressure/had a disappointing NYE and wants to have another go/ loves NYE so much they want to do it all again.…

Fri 02 January 2015

The Exiles

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

Jean Toussaint, saxophones Scott Stroman, vocals Jason Rebello, piano Tim Wells, bass Paul Clarvis, drums and special guest vocalist Emily Wolf The Exiles return for two New Year gigs at the Vortex, where they’ve played sold-out shows for the past…

Sat 03 January 2015

John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits

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

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…

Sun 04 January 2015

The Exiles

3:00pm - 5:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Jean Toussaint, saxophones Scott Stroman, vocals Jason Rebello, piano Tim Wells, bass Troy Miller, drums and special guest vocalist Emily Wolf The Exiles return for two New Year gigs at the Vortex, where they’ve played sold-out shows for the past…

Mon 05 January 2015

Trumpet Festival – Claude Deppa

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

The Vortex is delighted to be hosting a trumpet festival to start 2015. Each night there will be a fantastic soloist accompanied by our own Vortex Trio, led by the flexible and inimitable Barry Green on piano. Originally from South…

Tue 06 January 2015

Trumpet Festival – Steve Waterman

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

The Vortex is delighted to be hosting a trumpet festival to start 2015. Each night there will be a fantastic soloist accompanied by our own Vortex Trio, led by the flexible and inimitable Barry Green on piano. “Waterman has a…

Wed 07 January 2015

Trumpet Festival – Rory Simmons

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

The Vortex is delighted to be hosting a trumpet festival to start 2015. Each night there will be a fantastic soloist accompanied by our own Vortex Trio, led by the flexible and inimitable Barry Green on piano. One of the…

Thu 08 January 2015

Trumpet Festival – Henry Lowther

The Vortex is delighted to be hosting a trumpet festival to start 2015. Each night there will be a fantastic soloist accompanied by our own Vortex Trio, led by the flexible and inimitable Barry Green on piano. Henry Lowther has…

Fri 09 January 2015

Christine Tobin – I love Elis

8:00pm - 11:00pm @

‘I love Elis’ – Christine Tobin (vocals), Phil Robson (guitar), Mark Lewandowski (bass) & Kate Shortt (cello) pay tribute to the great Brazilian singer/icon & her amazing music! Christine Tobin has been leaving our audiences spellbound for many years. It’s…

Sat 10 January 2015

Jim Mullen’s Organ Trio + Stan Sulzmann

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

The Vortex welcomes back this magnificent trio, tonight featuring Stan Sulzmann on tenor sax. The album ‘Catch My Drift’ on diving duck recordings, features melodic and Mullenised versions of standards and compositions by legendary jazz musicians such as Toots Thielemans.…

Sun 11 January 2015

Thelonious

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

Taking inspiration from the Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd School Days band from the early 1960s, Thelonious explore the entire Monk repertoire with both childlike curiosity as well as forensic attention to detail. Through collective learning of Monk’s unique catalogue of 70 tunes from the complete…

Pigfoot plays….Motown

7:30pm - 10:15pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Pigfoot established themselves as radical interpreters of classic New Orleans music with their acclaimed 2014 CD “21st Century Acid Trad”, recorded live at the Vortex. Now, with their new Pigfoot Play… residency, they turn their attention to a different genre for each gig.…

Mon 12 January 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…

Tue 13 January 2015

Chris Biscoe/John Edwards/Roger Turner + Veryan Weston

8:00am - 5:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Weston plays Rhythm Figures, a project based around revisiting and developing ideas for improvising which strongly relates to contemporary jazz/improvisation. The trio of reeds player Chris Biscoe with John Edwards (bass) and Roger Turner (drums) has grown out a trio…

Wed 14 January 2015

Fumi Okiji Old Time Jazz Band/Brigitte Beraha

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

Album launch for Fumi Okiji’s Old Time Jazz Band Fumi Okiji’s Old Time Jazz Band Fumi Okiji’s Old Time Jazz Band is a joyous celebration of the great tradition of jazz song. This stellar group of musicians lovingly craft interpretations…

Thu 15 January 2015

Duck Baker

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

Among the most highly regarded American finger style guitarists of his generation, Duck Baker has been a significant influence in many different musical camps, from traditional Irish music to American old time country, blues, ragtime, and gospel, to almost every…

Fri 16 January 2015

Tim Lapthorn Trio With Bobby Wellins

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

Tim Lapthorn is a pianist with “the long-line vision of the best improvisers” (The Guardian), making his band the perfect foil for Bobby Wellins who is one of the UK’s leading saxophonists.

Sat 17 January 2015

John Taylor/Diana Torto/Julian Siegel

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

The collaboration between Diana Torto and John Taylor, born ten years ago, has gradually developed to a perfect balance where the blend of both artists and music is beautifully defined. The invitation to extend the duo to a trio, inviting…

Sun 18 January 2015

Mopomoso

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

First up in Mopomoso’s new afternoon slot is cellist Hannah Marshall with Berlin-based Spanish piano player Josep Maria Balanya, followed by saxophonist Rachel Musson, an improviser able to play across the spectrum and to change effortlessly between both dynamic and…

Rachael Cohen

7:30pm - 10:00pm @

Rachael Cohen is an up-and-coming Scottish saxophonist signed to the Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind Recordings label. Her debut CD, “Halftime”, produced by Janisch, received four stars from both Jazzwise & MOJO. Her band includes guitar hero Phil Robson.  

Mon 19 January 2015

cbe chemistry beats electricity

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

Five exceptional musicians from diverse backgrounds, drawn together by the intellectual and emotional thrill that only live improvisation can provide.

Tue 20 January 2015

Louis Moholo-Moholo/Alexander Hawkins duo

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

Musical fireworks are guaranteed from this intercontinental dialogue between the intense piano improvisations of Alexander Hawkins, audacious young visionary, and the extraordinary dynamic range of established South African master percussionist Louis Moholo-Moholo.

Wed 21 January 2015

Gypsy Jazz – Michalis Koloumis Trio

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

The Koloumis trio combines the sounds of Asia Minor, Eastern Mediterranean masterpieces and their original compositions, together with improvisations. With Michalis Kouloumis (violin), Alexandros Papadimitrakis (oud, lavta) and Ruven Ruppik (frame drums, riq, darbuka).  

Thu 22 January 2015

Evan Parker

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

Monthly residency of leading saxophonist Evan Parker, a man who has evolved ways and approaches of innovation. With John Edwards (bass), Steve Noble (drums)

Fri 23 January 2015

In Bed With

8:00pm - 11:00pm @

‘In Bed With’ is the new trio formed around the drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq. It includes Kit Downes on organ and Julien Desprez on guitar. Sylvain will be known to audiences here from several bands, such as Q (which also involved…

Sat 24 January 2015

Clark Tracey Quintet

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

The English equivalent of Art Blakey – a great drummer, most often known here for his work with father Stan, works today with the stars of tomorrow.

Sun 25 January 2015

Dave Maric and friends

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

Dave Maric is a British composer and performer of acoustic and electronic music who has created numerous works for the concert hall, stage, TV and film. He also regularly performs in and curates events featuring stylistically varied music – often in…

Mon 26 January 2015

Adam Pultz Melbye / Lotte Anker / Mark Sanders

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

Formed in 2014, this trio pays tribute to the many-fold possibilities of improvisation and makes use of the diverse experiences of the three members to perform music with a wide dynamic and emotional range, spanning micro sound and minimalism to…

Tue 27 January 2015

Jetsam

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

Contemporary ensemble Jetsam present a night which celebrates the strange and surreal. Jetsam will perform their 2013 work, A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes alongside writer and blogger Gareth E. Rees, providing dark and brooding reflections on the marshes of…

Wed 28 January 2015

Kristian Borring Quartet

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

Kristian Borring – guitar Arthur Lea – p Mick Coady – b Jon Scott – d Lewis Wright – vib Danish guitarist, composer and bandleader, Kristian Borring, has been described as a “guitarist of enormous technical ability who utilizes his…

Kristian Borring Quintet

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

kb – guitar arthur lea – p mick coady – b jon scott – d lewis wright – vib

Thu 29 January 2015

Dream Time

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

Over the years Dreamtime has existed in three different forms, a quintet, a sextet and a ten piece. This is the most recent incarnation of this long-standing band plus special guest Mark Hewins. This group contains six members of the…

Fri 30 January 2015

Chris Jarrett meets Luca Ciarla

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

Internationally acclaimed composer and pianist Chris Jarrett meets up with worldwide busy improviser and magician of the violin Luca Ciarla for a unique duo along the borders of contemporary music and jazz. Luca Ciarla’s spritelike playing and the quick-fingered expressivity of Chris Jarrett’s improvisations…

Sat 31 January 2015

Carol Grimes

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

Born in London, Carol Grimes didn’t begin her career until she was 19.  Her early influence included  Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald.  She began to sing regularly in the streets of London throughout the sixties.  Through this she formed a band The Race, a Blues and…

Mon 02 February 2015

Yumiko Tanaka and Friends

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

Yumiko Tanaka and Friends Yumiko Tanaka is a highly regarded player of the Japanese traditional instrument the shamisen and also a vocalist. Her remarkable creative skills are not only to be found in in the world of traditional Japanese music,…

Tue 03 February 2015

Olie Brice Quintet

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

Double bassist Olie Brice is well know to Vortex audiences, having performed here with Tony Malaby, Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker and many others.  Tonight he launches the debut album by his quintet, ‘Immune To Clockwork.’  The album was released late…

Wed 04 February 2015

Leo Blanco with Christine Tobin

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

”Blanco is a phenomenon, and a warmly engaging one; technical refinement of this unaccompanied repertoire, which he has hitherto mostly restricted to his house, can only take him from strength to strength”. John Fordham / The Guardian Pianist Leo grew…

Thu 05 February 2015

John Butcher Trio

8:00pm - 11:00pm @

John Butcher, one of our leading innovative saxophonists, appears in a trio with John Edwards on bass and Mark Sanders on drums. John Butcher’s work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics.…

Mon 09 February 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…

Wed 18 February 2015

Maurizio Minardi “Piano Ambulance” Album Launch

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

Italian pianist, accordionist and composer Maurizio Minardi is going to release his new album ‘Piano Ambulance’ today at Vortex! Reminiscent of Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Nino Rota, Rene Aubry, Michael Nyman and Ennio Morricone, Maurizio’s intimate and expressive sound is defined…

Mon 09 March 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…

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…

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…