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Thu 18 September 2014

Acrobat Trio: Will Bartlett / Kristian Borring / Pat Davey

Acrobat is a London-based organ trio, founded in 2008 by its three members. The warmth and presence of the classic organ/guitar groups are heard alongside new textures and stylish improvising. Compelling grooves and melodic clarity invite the listener inside one…

Wed 17 September 2014

Clara Sanabras & Friends

Tonight we celebrate the release of Clara Sanabras‘ new album Sioux and Gypsy blood runs through Clara’s veins. An exceptionally versatile musician, captivating performer and one of the most original singer-songwriters to emerge from the East London scene, Clara brings…

Fri 12 September 2014

Julien Lourau / Jim Hart / Dave Maric / Hannes Riepler

Electric Biddle is a new band, bringing together French Saxophone Star Julien Lourau, drummer and vibes virtuoso Jim Hart, keys and sound wizard Dave Maric and Austrian born, London based guitarist Hannes Riepler. Somewhere near London’s River Lee and the…

Wed 10 September 2014

Lydian Collective + Only Us

LYDIAN COLLECTIVE An exciting 4-piece instrumental group formed by composer / producer Aaron Wheeler (aka Laszlo) and fellow producer and guitarist Todd Baker. Described as “blissfully different”, their refreshing brand of original fusion-based music is rich in harmony and groove,…

Thu 04 September 2014

The Grip: Finn Peters / Oren Marshall / Tom Skinner

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. Tonight’s show is the launch of their brand new album ‘Celebrate’…

Wed 03 September 2014

Sara Mitra 7tet

Sara Mitra is a singer, songwriter and bandleader whose new music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and country blues. Tonight Mitra previews tracks from her forthcoming second album ‘Losing You’, with a limited-run FREE…

Tue 02 September 2014

Jason Yarde / Oli Hayhurst / Eddie Prévost

Following the critical acclaim for drummer Eddie Prévost’s bold series of recorded concerts in 2011, join us for this unique monthly live series, revisiting the Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists recordings and discovering how the music has evolved. Jason Yarde alto…

Wed 13 August 2014

Mechanical Moon + Olivia’s Owls

Mechanical Moon Mechanical Moon present an eclectic song cycle based on poems by the great American poet Elizabeth Bishop, combining elements of jazz, folk and storytelling. This project, the first by singer-songwriter Erica Jarnes, aims to cross the boundaries between…

Sun 10 August 2014

Death Shanties + Dan Haywood + Joanne Robertson

A night of free jazz and folk out-sounds as Death Shanties launch their brand new LP “Crabs” out on Fuse records. DEATH SHANTIES Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema…

Tue 05 August 2014

Bruno Heinen / Kristian Borring / Alex Davis / Pat Davey

Bruno Heinen, piano Kristian Borring, guitar Alex Davis, bass Pat Davey, drums Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary pianist, composer and bandleader. His recent endeavours include collaborations with Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, Byron Wallen and Christian Brewer. Bruno studied…

Tue 29 July 2014

Shiver + Matthew Bourne Synthesizer Show

Chris Sharkey’s Shiver Chris Sharkey is ‘one of the most exciting guitarists on the UK scene’ (Jazzwise) and has spent the last decade performing in some of the UK’s most cutting-edge yet accessible jazz/improvisation groups such as Acoustic Ladyland and…

Mon 28 July 2014

Elliot Galvin Trio + The Lydian Tree

The Chaos Collective present another genre-pushing evening of live music. The Elliot Galvin Trio was formed in 2012 and sees the meeting of three like- minded creatives. Exploring the possibilities of the traditional piano trio line-up with a sense of…

Sun 27 July 2014

Anton Hunter: Article 11

Commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival & never before performed in London, Article 11 is an hour-long suite for a specially put-together international 11-piece band, composed by guitarist Anton Hunter. Article 11 Anton Hunter – guitar Johnny Hunter – drums Eero…

Sat 26 July 2014

Kit Downes & Tom Challenger: Wedding Music + Dan Nicholls

A very special opportunity to experience Wedding Music; the stunning collaboration between Tom Challenger (Saxophone) and Kit Downes (Church Organ). Plus the remarkable keyboard player Dan Nicholls plays a solo set. Kit Downes & Tom Challenger: Wedding Music Having both…

Fri 18 July 2014

Bitch ‘n’ Monk + Laura Moody

Bitch ‘n’ Monk ‘Beatboxing soprano’ & guitarist Heidi Heidelberg and experimental flute-player Mauricio Velasierra first met in a tent in Taunton, fought over melodies in Paris, and are now gaining an eclectic set of fans from Yoko Ono to Ray…

Tue 15 July 2014

Adriano Adewale

Adriano Adewale is a mesmerizing multi-dimensional percussionist who follows in the footsteps of fellow Brasilian Nana Vasconcelos. His Raizes ensemble features Kora player virtuoso Kadialy Kouyate and Marcelo Andrade on flutes and Rikki Thompson on bass. Universally enthusiastic reviews in…

Thu 10 July 2014

George Crowley + Rhythm Sticks

GEORGE CROWLEY ‘There are times on Paper Universe, George Crowley’s debut album, when the young saxophonist and composer sounds like he’s been sitting by the side of Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young. There are times when he flies out of…

Tue 24 June 2014

Matthew Shipp Trio

Matthew Shipp Trio Matthew Shipp, piano Whit Dickey, drums Michael Bisio, bass He might be older and wiser, but Matthew Shipp has not mellowed with age. A galvanizing force among the heirs to jazz’s avant-garde movement of the 1960s, the…

Sun 22 June 2014

Vortex Jam Session with the Hannes Riepler Quartet

The Vortex Downstairs jam session moves upstairs for one week only. Continuing the long tradition of jazz jam sessions with musicians fine tuning their chops & maybe sparring a little too, the Vortex Jam Session offers the chance to see…

Wed 18 June 2014

Dice Factory + Stories

Two groups featuring some of the brightest young musicians around. DICE FACTORY Tom Challenger (tenor saxophone) Dan Nicholls (piano) Tom Farmer (double bass) Jon Scott (drums) Dice Factory – the name taken from Luke Rhinehart’s classic novel “The Dice Man”…

Thu 12 June 2014

Ollie Howell Quintet

Barely into his mid-twenties, Ollie Howell is a multi-award winning drummer, composer, bandleader and international recording artist. Now signed to Whirlwind Recordings, Ollie’s debut album, ‘Sutures and Stitches’, was released in September 2013. Recorded in London, and mixed and mastered…

Thu 05 June 2014

Desert Island Discs Live

Tonight, Live Junction’s Holly Cullen-Davies will interview doctor Alex Salam about his extraordinary 13 month trip to Antarctica where he was employed to do research for the European Space Agency. Here Alex will talk about his experience and how music…

Tue 27 May 2014

Tails For Wales: Huw Warren / Mark Lockheart / Maria Lamburn / Huw V Williams

Huw Warren – Piano, Composer Mark Lockheart – Saxophones Maria Lamburn – Viola/Bass Clarinet Huw V Williams – Bass TBC – Drums Tails for Wales is a new project from internationally acclaimed pianist Huw Warren featuring saxophonist Mark Lockheart and an…

Tue 20 May 2014

ELEVATION: Lucian Ban / Abraham Burton / John Hebert / Eric McPherson

Lucian Ban – piano Abraham Burton – ten sax John Hebert – bass Eric McPherson – drums This is the London show of the group’s European release tour. A powerhouse quartet, ELEVATION presents four of the most creative jazz musicians…

Tue 15 April 2014

Sam Merrick

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…