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David Friesen Trio

David Friesen Trio

Tuesday 1st April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
“The David Friesen compositions are all gorgeous, rich and accessible, each tune more beautiful than the first and absolutely wonderful soloing and ensemble play at its highest level.” JM/Jazz Clubscene “Everything the trio plays is colored with a pronounced individuality. [...]

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Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 | 11am - 12pm
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe. [...]

Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Soapbox series II

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 | 7pm - 9pm
A new night giving voice to individual artists and performers. This month we have Chris O’Shea reading his short stories, Chloe Roach presenting her art, and Shiva Feshareki on her music and composition. 7 – 9pm. Free entry. Art is [...]

Time Zone

Time Zone

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Loz Speyer – trumpet, flugelhorn Martin Hathaway – alto sax, bass clarinet Stuart Hall – guitar Dave Manington – double bass Andy Ball – drums Maurizio Ravalico – congas Time Zone thrives on the idea of crossing the lines between different [...]

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Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Soapbox series II

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 | 7pm - 9pm
A new night giving voice to individual artists and performers. This month we have Chris O’Shea reading his short stories, Chloe Roach presenting her art, and Shiva Feshareki on her music and composition. 7 – 9pm. Free entry. Art is [...]

Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Thursday 3rd April 2014 | 10am - 12pm
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe. [...]

Twins: Martin Speake & Scott Stroman Quintet

Twins: Martin Speake & Scott Stroman Quintet

Thursday 3rd April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
featuring: Alcyona Mick, piano Chris Laurence, bass Jeff Williams, drums & Martin Speake, alto sax Scott Stroman, vocals Speake (UK) and Stroman (US) were born on the same day: 3 April 1958. Since working together in the London Jazz Orchestra [...]

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Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Soapbox series II

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 | 7pm - 9pm
A new night giving voice to individual artists and performers. This month we have Chris O’Shea reading his short stories, Chloe Roach presenting her art, and Shiva Feshareki on her music and composition. 7 – 9pm. Free entry. Art is [...]

Elliott Sharp: Two Night Residency

Elliott Sharp: Two Night Residency

ElliotSharp_byAndreasSterzing

Friday 4th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
We’re thrilled to host a rare UK performance from one of the leading lights of the NYC Downtown scene, guitarist Elliott Sharp. In the UK to play the magnificent Frontears Festival in Birmingham, Elliott visits the Vortex for a very special [...]

Penny Rimbaud

Friday 4th April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
What was Penny Rimbaud’s ‘Last Amendment’, but is now ‘L’Académie des Vanités’, continue their quarterly residency with further adventures into the realms of words and music or, as Rimbaud puts it, ‘the poetry of jazz and the jazz of poetry’. [...]

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Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Soapbox series II

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 | 7pm - 9pm
A new night giving voice to individual artists and performers. This month we have Chris O’Shea reading his short stories, Chloe Roach presenting her art, and Shiva Feshareki on her music and composition. 7 – 9pm. Free entry. Art is [...]

Elliott Sharp: Two Night Residency

Elliott Sharp: Two Night Residency

ElliotSharp_byAndreasSterzing

Saturday 5th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
We’re thrilled to host a rare UK performance from one of the leading lights of the NYC Downtown scene, guitarist Elliott Sharp. In the UK to play the magnificent Frontears Festival in Birmingham, Elliott visits the Vortex for a very special [...]

Ghetto Lounge

Ghetto Lounge

Saturday 5th April 2014 | 10pm - 2am
Ghetto Lounge started as a DJ event in Café 1001, Brick Lane, East London to represent the very best music in Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Latin and Afrobeat since 2003. Ghetto Lounge is also a recording label and promoter of the [...]

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Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Soapbox series II

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 | 7pm - 9pm
A new night giving voice to individual artists and performers. This month we have Chris O’Shea reading his short stories, Chloe Roach presenting her art, and Shiva Feshareki on her music and composition. 7 – 9pm. Free entry. Art is [...]

Vocals at the Vortex

Vocals at the Vortex

Sunday 6th April 2014 | 7pm - 11pm
Open mic night hosted by Romy Summers and the Bob Stuckey Trio: Bob Stuckey (piano), Jerome Davies (bass), Cheryl Alleyne (drums) Doors and singing list open at 7pm… come down early if you’d like to sing.

Jazz Jam w/ Hannes Riepler

Jazz Jam w/ Hannes Riepler

Hannes Riepler 3

Sunday 6th April 2014 | 9pm - 1am
Vortex’s acclaimed Sunday evening Jazz Jam session in the Downstairs bar. From 9 til late, put weekend to bed with a nightcap and some honest-to-goodness jazz, just like in the good old days. Much has been written about London’s hot [...]

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Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Pop-Up Circus Soapbox Series

Soapbox series II

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 | 7pm - 9pm
A new night giving voice to individual artists and performers. This month we have Chris O’Shea reading his short stories, Chloe Roach presenting her art, and Shiva Feshareki on her music and composition. 7 – 9pm. Free entry. Art is [...]

Middlesex University Student Concert

Middlesex University Student Concert

Monday 7th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
We welcome back the students of Middlesex University and urge you not to miss this opportunity to see tomorrow’s rising stars. These fantastically high calibre students play in bands led by Stuart Hall, Kate Williams, Nikki Iles and David Pattman [...]

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Veganistas at the Vortex

Veganistas at the Vortex

Veganistas

Tuesday 8th April 2014 | 6:30pm - 9pm
Vortex Downstairs Cafe is hosting a pop-up vegan night on Tuesday 8th April with guest chef, Kate Abildgaard. Kate has worked at the Russet in Amhurst Place and now works at the Wild Food Café in Covent Garden. Her food [...]

Andre Canniere featuring Alice Zawadzki

Andre Canniere featuring Alice Zawadzki

Andre Canniere credit Chris Jones

Tuesday 8th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Since his arrival in the UK, American trumpeter Andre Canniere‘s profile has been steadily rising, both as a solo artist and a collaborator. His album Forward Space, released in 2012 on the Whirlwind Recordings label, received widespread critical acclaim with a rave [...]

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Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Wednesday 9th April 2014 | 11am - 12pm
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe. [...]

Penny Rimbaud’s L’Académie des Vanités

Penny Rimbaud’s L’Académie des Vanités

Penny Rimbaud

Wednesday 9th April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
What was Penny Rimbaud’s ‘Last Amendment’, but is now ‘L’Académie des Vanités’, continue their quarterly residency with further adventures into the realms of words and music or, as Rimbaud puts it, ‘the poetry of jazz and the jazz of poetry’. [...]

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Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Thursday 10th April 2014 | 10am - 12pm
NO TOTS TUNES TODAY – EASTER BREAK

Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton

Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton

Evan Parker credit Caroline Forbes

Thursday 10th April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
Evan Parker A major force in European improvising, Evan Parker has collaborated with everyone from Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley & Anthony Braxton, to Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt and Squarepusher. He is one of Europe’s most innovative and intriguing saxophonists, which is why [...]

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Keith Tippett Octet

Keith Tippett Octet

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Friday 11th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Following a three night residency at the Vortex in August last year, at which he premiered a new piece; The Nine Dances of Patrick O’Gonogon with his Octet, we are delighted to welcome back Keith Tippett. Tonight he’ll give a trio [...]

Minimal Sound System

Minimal Sound System

Friday 11th April 2014 | 10pm - 2am
ElectronicDubFunk by Minimal_Sound_System on Mixcloud Free electronic dub funk DJ night in the Downstairs bar

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Eddie Parker’s Mister Vertigo

Eddie Parker’s Mister Vertigo

Eddie Parker

Saturday 12th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Flautist and composer Eddie Parker has been an important name in UK Jazz for many years – his work as a founding member of and an important composer for Loose Tubes, as well as his work with the ‘Bheki Mseleku Band’ and [...]

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Put the Needle on the Record – Open Decks

Put the Needle on the Record – Open Decks

Sunday 13th April 2014 | 2pm - 7pm
A chance for vinyl collectors to share their musical passions. Selectors can bring up to 10 vinyls each. Hosted by Miss Soxee. Genres welcome are Jazz, Blues, Soul, Ska, Hip Hop, Reggae, Disco and Electro.  No need to sign up, [...]

London Jazz Orchestra

London Jazz Orchestra

LJO

Sunday 13th April 2014 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Directed by Scott Stroman, the London Jazz Orchestra is “as fine a band as you can find anywhere” (Independent) and these up-close-and-personal sessions showcase great writing and soloing from a band that includes many of London’s top musicians, as well [...]

The Grip

The Grip

The Grip

Sunday 13th April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
Finn Peters, flute & saxes Oren Marshall, tuba Tom Skinner, drums Three of Europe’s most in demand and respected jazz musicians combine in a playful, freewheeling and energetic trio. Highly individual soloists Oren Marshall on tuba, Finn Peters on flute [...]

Jazz Jam w/ Hannes Riepler

Jazz Jam w/ Hannes Riepler

Hannes Riepler 3

Sunday 13th April 2014 | 9pm - 1am
Vortex’s acclaimed Sunday evening Jazz Jam session in the Downstairs bar. From 9 til late, put weekend to bed with a nightcap and some honest-to-goodness jazz, just like in the good old days. Much has been written about London’s hot [...]

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Chris Biscoe / Liam Noble / Dominic Lash / Roger Turner

Chris Biscoe / Liam Noble / Dominic Lash / Roger Turner

Chris Biscoe

Monday 14th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
CHRIS BISCOE Chris Biscoe is a self-taught clarinetist and one of our finest. He started working with Mike Westbrook in 1979 and has played in many of Mike’s projects including The Westbrook Blake, The Cortege, On Duke’s Birthday, London Bridge [...]

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Sam Merrick

Sam Merrick

Sam Merrick

Tuesday 15th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Enthralling young singer, Sam Merrick takes his fresh newly founded group to the Vortex for the very first time. Producing dynamic, passionate and reflective performances of material ranging from the lesser-known standard repertoire through to libraries of contemporary songwriters such as Jeff [...]

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Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Wednesday 16th April 2014 | 11am - 12pm
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe. [...]

Heidi Vogel

Heidi Vogel

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Wednesday 16th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
The Cinematic Orchestra vocalist who has worked with Isaac Hayes, F-ire Big Band, The Brand New Heavies, Cleveland Watkiss, Eska and others, tonight performs material from her debut solo album, ‘Turn it Up‘ with: Sam Crowe piano Dave Hamblett drums [...]

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Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Thursday 17th April 2014 | 10am - 12pm
NO TOTS TUNES TODAY – EASTER BREAK

ICHI + THESE FEATHERS HAVE PLUMES

ICHI + THESE FEATHERS HAVE PLUMES

ICHI

Thursday 17th April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
ICHI “What on earth is this, it`s brilliant!” Steve Lamacq “Hilarious, bonkers and brilliant”! Lauren Lavern ‘Steel drums, maraca adorned converse, typewriters and ping pong balls all find musical homes during ICHI’s extremely well received set, as the Nagoya native [...]

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Darren Hayman’s Occupation

Darren Hayman’s Occupation

Darren Hayman's Occupation

Friday 18th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Popside and The Vortex Present Show Ten – Singles Night – The Seven Inch Songs Darren Hayman’s Occupation is a series of monthly shows at The Vortex. There will be a mix of sets showcasing different albums, themes and special guests. [...]

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Peter King Quartet

Peter King Quartet

Saturday 19th April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
Peter King, saxophone Steve Melling, piano Mark Fletcher, drums Geoff Gascoyne, bass “I hear both Trane and Bird in his playing, but he is better than either of them.” – Gene Lees PETER KING, in the words of one critic, [...]

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Mopomoso

Mopomoso

Mopomoso Collage

Sunday 20th April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
Mopomoso, the UK’s longest running unbroken concert series dedicated to free improvisation, presents an evening of sonic delights Neil Metcalfe (flute) / Daniel Thompson (guitar) duo Highly musical and non demonstrative duo that gets to the core of what it [...]

Jazz Jam w/ Hannes Riepler

Jazz Jam w/ Hannes Riepler

Hannes Riepler 3

Sunday 20th April 2014 | 9pm - 1am
Vortex’s acclaimed Sunday evening Jazz Jam session in the Downstairs bar. From 9 til late, put weekend to bed with a nightcap and some honest-to-goodness jazz, just like in the good old days. Much has been written about London’s hot [...]

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Metamorphic + The Stolen Project

Metamorphic + The Stolen Project

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Monday 21st April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Metamorphic Metamorphic are a contemporary jazz/folk sextet. The group’s second album,Coalescence, has received 4 star reviews from the likes of John Fordham and Pete Quinn; Brian Morton named Coalescence as his album of the year 2013. Metamorphic are very excited about [...]

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Zonica: Dee Byrne / Gareth Lockrane / Elliot Galvin / Pat Davey / Ed Riches / Tom McCredie

Zonica: Dee Byrne / Gareth Lockrane / Elliot Galvin / Pat Davey / Ed Riches / Tom McCredie

ZONICA

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
Zonica is an improvising ensemble interested in cosmic exploration. Aural narratives are created within fluid frameworks, leaving textures and compositions entirely free and undetermined. Prepare yourself for a spontaneous electro-acoustic cocktail of epic proportions! Dee Byrne – alto sax/effects Gareth [...]

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Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 | 11am - 12pm
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe. [...]

Gypsy/Eastern European Night – Kuma Lisa

Gypsy/Eastern European Night – Kuma Lisa

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
  Kuma Lisa is an international trio based in London. The group combines the Eastern European vocal traditions of Bulgarian-born Mariana Bogdanova with Western folk/pop & jazz sensibilities of British born Rupert Gillett and Dutch-born Rob Stutterheim. The music that results [...]

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Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Thursday 24th April 2014 | 10am - 12pm
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe. [...]

Vein & Greg Osby

Vein & Greg Osby

Vein & Greg Osby

Thursday 24th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Michael Arbenz piano, Thomas Lähns bass, Florian Arbenz drums plus Greg Osby saxophone Swiss group Vein are driven by their boundless curiosity and desire to experiment. Their self-composed songs are elemental to the band’s sound, with their debut album “VEIN- VEIN” (2006), [...]

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Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw

Ian-Shaw

Friday 25th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
One of Britain’s most inventive jazz vocalists, Shaw’s remarkable vocal range and mesmerising style has seen him breathe life into pop tunes and standards, reinventing even the most maudlin show-tunes with sparkling wit. “a masterly vocalist… one of the finest [...]

Slauka

Slauka

Speaker Yelow

Friday 25th April 2014 | 10pm - 2am
DJ Slauka’s music is shedding new skins every day. 13 years in the UK have sent her through a melodic odyssey through which she always finds herself immersed in the newest yet most authentic sound scenes of London.

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Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Saturday 26th April 2014 | 10am - 11am
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe. [...]

Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit

Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit

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Saturday 26th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Photo kindly provided by Esther Cidoncha “Confirms Moholo-Moholo’s presence on the scene as a blast of fresh air.” John Fordham, The Guardian The great Louis Moholo-Moholo returns to the UK from South Africa for one of his celebrated Vortex nights, having [...]

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Closed for private event

Closed for private event

Sunday 27th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm

Jazz Jam w/ Hannes Riepler

Jazz Jam w/ Hannes Riepler

Hannes Riepler 3

Sunday 27th April 2014 | 9pm - 1am
Vortex’s acclaimed Sunday evening Jazz Jam session in the Downstairs bar. From 9 til late, put weekend to bed with a nightcap and some honest-to-goodness jazz, just like in the good old days. Much has been written about London’s hot [...]

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Michael Chapman

Michael Chapman

MichaelChapman

Monday 28th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Celebrating the 2014 release of ‘Live At Folk Cottage 1967′ on Treehouse Records. Blues and Rock n’ Roll covers performed live in Cornwall circa 1967, secretly recorded at the time and never heard until now. The album will be available [...]

JAZZPROJECTOR

JAZZPROJECTOR

Thelonius Monk

Monday 28th April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
Jazz Projector is a night of jazz related films hosted by Dr Nicolas Pillai (University of Warwick). Since most of these legendary musicians are dead it is perhaps the closest we can come to experiencing them live. The two short [...]

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JAZZPROJECTOR

JAZZPROJECTOR

Thelonius Monk

Monday 28th April 2014 | 8pm - 11pm
Jazz Projector is a night of jazz related films hosted by Dr Nicolas Pillai (University of Warwick). Since most of these legendary musicians are dead it is perhaps the closest we can come to experiencing them live. The two short [...]

Michael Wollny Trio

Michael Wollny Trio

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Tuesday 29th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Michael Wollny, one of the world’s most unique, creatively limitless pianists, returns with a new trio, a new album and a string of UK tour dates in 2014. Michael Wollny’s trademark unpredictability and an unquenchable thirst for invention and reinvention [...]

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Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Tots Tunes

Wednesday 30th April 2014 | 11am - 12pm
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe. [...]

Kristian Borring Quartet

Kristian Borring Quartet

Kristian Borring

Wednesday 30th April 2014 | 8pm - 11:30pm
Kristian Borring is launching his second album as leader, following up on his impressive debut album from 2011, Nausicaa, which received widespread acclaim. The new album, Urban Novel, released on Jellymould Jazz, features once again Kristian’s quartet, the outstanding talents of [...]