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Sun 23 November 2014

Yazz Ahmed: Family Hafla

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

Hafla: an Arabic word, meaning a friendly social gathering, a relaxed meeting of minds, over coffee and dates; a party; a concert.

Loop Collective presents REC London: Replay/Remix

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

The last in a series of club nights in various venues curated by Loop Collective brings together an array of Berlin and London’s finest instrumentalists, performing music which will be remixed live as part of the show. Kronecker Beatsy, glitchy…

Jazz Jam Session

11:00pm - 1:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

Hosted by Hannes Riepler 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 some truly extraordinary musicians play a relaxed,…

Mon 24 November 2014

Huw Warren: Trio Brasil

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

Award winning eclectic pianist Huw Warren celebrates his lifelong love of Brazilian music in all its diversity with this new groove-heavy trio featuring longtime collaborator and Perfect Houseplant Dudley Phillips. Music by Heremeto Pascoal, Guinga, Tom Jobim, Egberto Gismonti, Pixinguinha…

Thu 27 November 2014

Kate Shortt with Shirley Smart and Maurizio Minardi

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

Cello night! Kate Shortt ‘Wonderful elastic face’ – Radio 5 Live ‘That was wicked!’ -Brighton Juice fm ‘A remarkable cellist’ – John Fordham The Guardian Regarded as a go-to cellist by many musicians including Penny Rimbaud, fado singer Claudia Aurora,…

Fri 28 November 2014

Don Weller Quartet

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

“Tenor saxophonist Don Weller was, and is, among the true originals of British jazz, with his cavernous sound and utterly unpredictable turn of phrase.” Dave Gelly, The Observer Don Weller is one of Britain’s leading saxophone players and has been…

Sat 29 November 2014

Ian Shaw

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

“One of the UK’s most honest and musical jazz vocalists” The Guardian We welcome back one of Britain’s most inventive jazz vocalists. Ian Shaw‘s remarkable vocal range and style have seen him breathe new life into pop tunes and standards;…

Sun 30 November 2014

Indigo Kid II feat Dan Messore, Gareth Lockrane, Calum Gourlay & Gethin Jones

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

This group is touring nationally supporting guitarist/composer Dan Messore‘s second release as bandleader of ‘Indigo Kid’. The line up glistens with new cohorts. A hefty crew carve fresh musical ground through the wistful signature of Messore’s compositions. Harnessing the beautiful…

Mon 01 December 2014

Adrian Crowley

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

Bird on the Wire presents Adrian Crowley. For a man of such personal understatement, Adrian Crowley is an artist of considerable ambition – something he shares with the unique artists sometimes recalled when listening to his music; Scott Walker, Lou…

Tue 02 December 2014

Dead Neanderthals

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

Dead Neanderthals is a Dutch/UK based double sax & drums trio incorporating elements from jazz, grindcore, drone and noise culminating in a pummeling sound that has been described as Painkiller meets Brötzmann. This is the new wave of Dutch Heavy…

Wed 03 December 2014


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

Blow the Fuse present the Alison Rayner Quintet, aka ARQ. Winner of the Jazz Services Recording Subsidy Award for 2013, bass player and composer Alison Rayner leads this contemporary jazz quintet. Original compositions draw on a love for lyrical melodies, deep…

Thu 04 December 2014


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

9Bach are: Lisa Jen (vocals), Martin Hoyland (guitars and percussion), Ali Byworth (drums and percussion), Dan Swain (bass guitar), Esyllt Glyn Jones (harp, vocals), and Mirain Roberts (vocals). Formed in 2005 thanks to a chance meeting between Lisa (also known…

Fri 05 December 2014

Alan Skidmore & the Steve Melling Trio

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

A very special gig, tonight Alan Skidmore is joined by the Steve Melling Trio Alan Skidmore, sax / Steve Melling, piano / Alec Dankworth, bass / Miles Levin, drums “A player with immense physical and imaginative stamina, at home in…

Sun 07 December 2014

Saxoctopus & Alphabets

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

Alphabets Alphabets is a new trio comprising three exciting voices in UK and Irish improvised music, creating music inspired by language, vocalisation & landscapes. The group aims to reach states of stillness and repose as well as fast instinctive rhythmic…

Mon 08 December 2014

Achim Kaufmann / Olie Brice

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

This concert features the improvising duo of pianist Achim Kaufmann and double bass player Olie Brice, and will be the final night of their UK tour. Berlin-based pianist Kaufmann is probably best known for his trio Kaufmann/Gratkowski/de Joode, an improvising unit which has…

Tue 09 December 2014

John Butcher / Guillaume Viltard / Eddie Prévost

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

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. John Butcher tenor…

Wed 10 December 2014

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni

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

We’re thrilled to present this rare London performance at the Vortex. Trumpeter Avishai Cohen – voted a Rising Star in the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll – has earned renown as a musician with an individual sound and a questing spirit,…

Thu 11 December 2014

Pigfoot Play..Opera

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ 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 Pigfoot Play… they turn their attention to a different genre. Could be Pigfoot…

Fri 12 December 2014

Michael Chapman + James Blackshaw

7:30pm - 10:30pm @ Bishopsgate Institute

This concert takes place at Bishopsgate Institute Championed by John Peel in the 1970s, Yorkshire-born Michael Chapman has already been rediscovered in the US courtesy of his connections with No Neck Blues Band and the late Jack Rose. An extensive…

Annie Whitehead World Music Workshop Band

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

An exciting blend of music from twenty horns, featuring jazz, African and Latin grooves, under the leadership of trombone virtuoso Annie Whitehead and supported by the phenomenal bass and drums of Jennifer Maidman and Mark Huggett. The Workshop is a…

Sat 13 December 2014

Mari Wilson and Barb Jungr – A Woman to Woman Xmas

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

Take a break from the Christmas shopping, stuff that turkey and polish your baubles and beads, for an evening of festive fun in this yuletide treat with your two favourite fairies from the top of the tree. In this specially…

Sun 14 December 2014

London Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Kenny Wheeler

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

Directed by Scott Stroman, the London Jazz Orchestra has been described as “as fine a band as you can find anywhere” (The Independent). Kenny Wheeler, who died in September, was one of the world’s most original and inspiring writers of modern…

Kenny Wheeler Celebration – In aid of the Kenny Wheeler Prize

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

A celebration of the music of trumpeter Kenny Wheeler…

Mon 15 December 2014

Hon: Huw V Williams/Laura Jurd/Alam Nathoo/Elliot Galvin/Pete Ibbetson

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

Hon is the exciting new project by double bassist and composer Huw V Williams. Huw’s original music is played by a phenomenol collective of London’s finest young improvisers featuring Laura Jurd on Trumpet, Alam Nathoo on Tenor Saxophone, Elliot Galvin…

Tue 16 December 2014

Liam Noble Trio

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

Liam Noble’s long standing trio returns with music from their 5 star album “Brubeck” combined with compositions from Bud Powell. Their interactive and imaginative approach brings these timeless classics into the 21st century. With Dave Whitford (bass) and Dave Wickins…

Wed 17 December 2014

Kairos 4tet

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

Adam Waldmann reeds Ivo Neame piano Jon Scott drums Sam Lasserson bass “A beguiling mix of soulful jazz-folk songs and kinetic modern jazz.” ★★★★ Jazzwise Returning to The Vortex, MOBO award-winning Kairos 4tet (Best Jazz Act) will be performing music…

Thu 18 December 2014

Evan Parker

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

Evan Parker performs in a trio with Tony Bianco (drums) and Paul Dunmall (saxophones). Always a compelling combination when Paul joins Evan, Tony’s drumming will provide the springboard for them to launch into the stratosphere. It’ll be a space trip…

Fri 19 December 2014

Arun Ghosh: Winter Rasa

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

ra•sa /ˈrʌsəː/ noun (Sanskrit) translate as ‘divine nectar’, flavour, sentiment, or emotion: regarded as one of the fundamental qualities of music, dance, and poetry. A celebration of the glorious essence of Winter, musically traversing folk routes from the Holy Land to Andalusia,…

Sat 20 December 2014

ICP Orchestra

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

A very special opportunity to see the legendary Instant Composers Pool aka ICP Orchestra playing music from their new album East of the Sun; the first not to feature its co-founder, the now retired Misha Mengelberg. “ICP seems to be…

Mon 22 December 2014

Alice Zawadzki + Mark Lockheart & Laura Jurd Quartet

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

For the last in their 2014 series, The Chaos Collective present their Christmas party. The Chaos Collective Something of a ‘secret weapon’ on the European music scene, the Chaos Collective is already making waves in London and the UK, consisting…

Tue 23 December 2014

Juwon Ogungbe

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

Solo performance Pianist, singer and composer Juwon Ogungbe is one of the mainstays of British-African music. His current CD “Life Force Music” covers all bases – African grooves, soul stirring songs and funk licks are effortlessly mixed together. In his…

Sat 27 December 2014

Zoe Frances & 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

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. Here with one of the best pianists around, making one of the best lead-ins to New Year that you might wish for!

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…

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.…