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Thu 18 September 2014

Acrobat Trio: Will Bartlett / Kristian Borring / Pat Davey

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

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…

Fri 19 September 2014

Kad Achouri

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

The Vortex is delighted to host 5 nights of the 12th London African Music Festival Kad Achouri was born to first generation Algerian Berber parents in the small provincial town of Mazamet in the Tarn, south-west France, in 1969. He…

Sat 20 September 2014

Samy Bishai

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

The Vortex is delighted to host 5 nights of the 12th London African Music Festival Celebrated Egyptian violinist and composer Samy Bishai built his reputation as an outstanding musician through his work with Natacha Atlas, Seckou Keita, Celloman, Digitonal, Zoe…

Sun 21 September 2014

Mopomoso

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

Continuing our monthly Mopomoso series curated by guitarist John Russell & showcasing the best in free improvisation. Emilio Gordoa (vibes) / Roland Ramanan (trumpet) duo Vibraphonist / percussionist Gordoa is ‘redefining the vibraphone as a source, treating it with preparations…

Mon 22 September 2014

NoName Trio

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

NoName Trio “Fill the hall with scintillating talent” ThreeWeeks (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) NoName Trio fuses a concoction of jazz, traditional Iranian music and other influences to produce new compositions and fresh takes on classic jazz covers. Ceri Evans (Piano): Ceri…

Tue 23 September 2014

Rhythm Diaries

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

British-Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger is a singular phenomenon in the world of percussion today. A rhythmic visionary who has unified the percussion traditions of India and the West, Bernhard has collaborated and toured the globe with his band Circle of…

Wed 24 September 2014

Melange

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

This amazing ensemble is led by renowned jazz and world music cellist Shirley Smart. Shirley spent 10 years in Jerusalem playing and studying the music of the region and Melange seamlessly blends this with popular North African rai and chaabi…

Thu 25 September 2014

Denys Baptiste’s Triumvirate + Nat Birchall Quintet

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

We’re thrilled to present this double bill of saxophone-led groups; two of the most original in the UK at the moment. Tonight’s concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC R3′s Jazz on 3. Triumvirate ‘Denys Baptiste…taking Europe by storm…

Fri 26 September 2014

Niran Obasa

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

The Vortex is delighted to host 5 nights of the 12th London African Music Festival Nigerian pianist Niran Obasa established his name as one of the foremost session musicians and the gospel music in Lagos. He is the keyboardist with…

Sat 27 September 2014

Rise Kagona

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

The Vortex is delighted to host 5 nights of the 12th London African Music Festival Rise Kagona is a true African music legend. Born in Malawi, Rise Kagona is the founder, lead guitarist and sole remaining member of Zimbabwean rock…

Sun 28 September 2014

The Jeff Chambers Variable n-tet

2:30pm - 5:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Appearing as the 16 piece Large n-semble, The Variable n-tet is a flexible n-piece band playing music composed by Jeff Chambers. The music draws on the depth and richness of the brass chorale, the harmonic and rhythmic language of modern…

Coco Mbassi

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

The Vortex is delighted to host 5 nights of the 12th London African Music Festival Coco Mbassi is a singer originating from Cameroon. Her music is a subtle blend of African roots, classical music, jazz and gospel, along with the…

Mon 29 September 2014

Chaos Collective present Glasshopper + Laura Jurd and Corrie Dick

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

Laura Jurd and Corrie Dick These two extremely exciting young musicians present ‘trumpet and drums’ as they transcend into a world of primal creativity, exploring their roots and mankind’s historic fascination with music. LAURA JURD is a London based trumpet…

Tue 30 September 2014

Roland Ramanan Tentet

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

The Roland Ramanan Tentet is a free jazz ensemble inspired by Ramanan’s stint playing in the Peter Brotzmann Tentet. Wailing, whispering; sighing, roaring; this Tentet comprises some of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the UK, Madrid (and beyond)…

Wed 01 October 2014

Blow the Fuse presents Electric Landladies Unplugged

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

Electric Landladies as you rarely see them – with grand piano, double bass, accordian and ukulele, mambos, tango and blues. Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith, Bee Gees, Abba and the Rolling Stones re-imagined in their journey into an alternate pop reality.…

Thu 02 October 2014

SynKoke + schnellertollermeier + Elliot Galvin Trio & Harald Lassen + Pixel

7:30pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

SynKoke has for years defined a clear cut razor edge of the Norwegian extreme jazz scene. With the last album Religion in Transit it also merged the classical tradition with it, doing works of Arvo Pärt and Guillaume de Machaut.…

Sat 04 October 2014

Snorkel + Eirik Tofte M&F Orchestra + Physics House Band + Lunch Money + Twinscapes + Wolfram Trio

7:30pm - 1:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

Wolfram Trio play in the Vortex Downstairs at 8pm, entry is free to see Wolfram Trio Snorkel are an avant-whatever collective exploring the nether regions between the groove and free improvisation; sub-aquatic observations of dub, jazz, Afro-beat, krautrock and electronica. Taking…

Sun 05 October 2014

Quadraceratops & Paradox Ensemble

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

A double bill of medium sized ensembles from the roster of Manchester contemporary jazz/improv/experimental music label Efpi Records, to celebrate the launch of the debut album from Cath Roberts’ septet Quadraceratops Paradox Ensemble Manchester and London-based nonet led by trumpet player…

Mon 06 October 2014

Paul Edis Sextet

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

Led by a ‘brilliant young pianist’ (Alyn Shipton, The Guardian) the Paul Edis Sextet is steeped in the straight-ahead tradition, but with an original and contemporary edge. Their debut album There Will Be Time was voted 3rd best album of 2012…

Tue 07 October 2014

Matt Ridley Trio featuring Jason Yarde

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

In recent years, Matt Ridley has established himself as ‘one of the most exciting young bass players around’ (Marlbank), performing with a who’s who of UK jazz. Stepping up to become a bandleader, his 2013 trio release ‘Thymos’ garnered extensive…

Wed 08 October 2014

Penny Rimbaud’s L’Académie des Vanités

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

Penny Rimbaud’s L’ACADÉMIE DES VANITÉS – Penny Rimbaud & Eve Libertine/voice, Louise Elliot/sax & flute, Kate Shortt/cello and Jennifer Maidman/ guitars, plus Gee Vaucher and Mick Duffield on visuals – present the last gig of their current residency along with…

Thu 09 October 2014

Grasscut + Laish

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

A special concert launching Grasscut‘s new single, Catholic Architecture, a cover of and tribute to Robert Wyatt, released in October on Lo Recordings. A huge influence on the band, Andrew has been a Wyatt fan since the 1980s, while Marcus has just written…

Fri 10 October 2014

Natalie Duncan

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

Natalie Duncan’s debut album Devil In Me was released in 2012 on Decca, home to Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum and Tori Amos, a rare signing for the unknown artist in her early 20s from Nottingham. She has something special. Sitting…

Sat 11 October 2014

Ian Shaw

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

“One of the UK’s most honest and musical jazz vocalists” The Guardian Ian Shaw‘s remarkable vocal range and style have seen him breathe new life into pop tunes and standards; he possesses an unfailing ability to reinvent even the most…

Sun 12 October 2014

Anita Wardell

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

Winner of the “Best Jazz Vocalist Category” in the 2013 British Jazz Awards, Wardell is noted for her vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Tonight, Anita will be singing material from back catalogue, preceded by a set from…

Mon 13 October 2014

Irshad Ali Qawwali Party

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

Direct from Rajasthan to play at the Tusk Festival in Newcastle Upon Tyne, this is a one-off London appearance for Irshad Ali Qawwali Party – four young exponents of this ancient Sufi musical form. Qawwali can be traced back to the…

Tue 14 October 2014

Bertrand Denzler / John Edwards / 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. Bertrand Denzler tenor…

Wed 15 October 2014

Match&Fuse and the Vortex present WorldService Project + Zodiak Trio

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

Match&Fuse have supported and presented uncompromising and innovative music since 2011, with tours across 9 European countries and a major festival visiting London, Oslo and Rome. Tonight the punk-jazz of WorldService Project, described as resembling “a scientist at work on…

Thu 16 October 2014

The Vortex & The Other Woman present Roshi / You Are Wolf / Amy Kohn

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

The Other Woman – the UK’s only all female new music playlist – broadcasts on Amazing Radio & is presented by Ruth Barnes who searches out the best new music from female artists and female fronted bands. The Vortex and…

Fri 17 October 2014

Oriole

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

Guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips’ Oriole features a unique set of musicians chosen for their musical openness, empathetic playing and ability to assimilate folkloric styles into a contemporary sound. First formed in 2004 their members represent something of a F-IRE…

Sat 18 October 2014

Chris Cheek / Hannes Riepler / James Maddren

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

After a recent encounter at the Vortex Downstairs Jazz Night, Hannes Riepler invites Chris Cheek to play upstairs at the Vortex. They will be playing new music inspired by this collaboration, also featuring master drummer James Maddren and a bassist…

Sun 19 October 2014

London Jazz Orchestra

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). These up-close-and-personal sessions showcase great writing and soloing from a band that includes many of London’s top…

Mopomoso

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

This monthʼs Mopomoso programme of free improvised music features musicianʼs from Japan, Belgium, France and the UK in three contrasting and inspiring trios. Run entirely by volunteers Mopomoso plays host to the UKʼs longest running concert series dedicated to free…

Mon 20 October 2014

Martin Speake / Douglas Finch / Oren Marshall / Mark Sanders

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

Alto saxophonist Martin Speake launches two new cds of improvised music on his own Pumpkin Records label with three sets of music. The first set will be a duo with virtuoso improvising classical pianist Douglas Finch. “He hears everything and…

Tue 21 October 2014

Evan Parker + Joe McPhee / Chris Corsano / John Edwards

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

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark…

Thu 23 October 2014

Evan Parker + Black Top / John Edwards / Steve Noble

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

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark…

Fri 24 October 2014

Roller Trio

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

“Dark, menacing, bass heavy – the new sound of UK jazzzzzzz!” Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music Roller Trio‘s music is a fresh, visceral stew of conventional and experimental sounds that features stonking riffs, thrashy noise, evocative songs and electronic soundscapes.…

Sat 25 October 2014

Evan Parker + Trance Map Quartet

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

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark…

Sun 26 October 2014

Phil Meadows Group + NYJO London

7:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Ahead of launching his new project at this years EFG London Jazz Festival, Phil Meadows is coming back to the Vortex to celebrate the music from last years critically acclaimed album Engines of Creation. As 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Newcomer of…

Mon 27 October 2014

Rowland Sutherland / Ansuman Biswas / Pat Thomas / Guillaume Viltard

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

Rowland’s quartet is a new dynamic group of highly respected musicians merging to create something transcendental, colourful, expansive, otherworldly and deep. Music that is both driven and inventive with the occasional subterraneous excursion. Evocative, worldly explorations of free improvisation, jazz…

Tue 28 October 2014

Enrico Pieranunzi Trio, New Mediterranean Tales

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

When “Racconti Mediterranei” (Mediterranean Tales) was released by Egea records at the beginning of the last decade, a lot of people made a lot of noise. The CD gave us a chamber ensemble characterised by refined and evocative sounds. In…

Wed 29 October 2014

Jon Lloyd Group

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

Jon Lloyd / John Law / Rob Palmer / Tom Farmer / Dave Hamblett Catch the group in London as part of their UK tour “A saxophone delivery as persuasive as a speaking voice. Lloyd should be seen and heard…

Thu 30 October 2014

Tony Kofi’s Sphinx Trio

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

Tony Kofi (Alto Saxophone), Larry Bartley (Double Bass) & Rod Youngs (Drums) pay homage to the music of Ornette Coleman. TONY KOFI was born in Nottingham to West African parents. A self-taught musician, he came to London in the early…

Fri 31 October 2014

Kansas Smitty’s House Band

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

The Kansas Smitty’s House Band sprang from the need of a young, innovative group of jazz musicians to have a home in which to craft their collective sound. When Smitty’s eight members get together, they play with unmasked joy on…

Sat 01 November 2014

Bobby Wellins Quartet

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

We welcome back a genuine legend of British jazz, tonight playing with this group of musicians some of whom are well established, others new to the scene. Bobby Wellins, saxophone Liam Noble, piano Mark Lewandowski, bass Dave Wickins, drums Bobby…

Sun 02 November 2014

Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra

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

Mojo (moderately optimistic jazz orchestra) are an exciting 17 piece jazz big band based in north London, made up of great musicians from all over the capital. With a repertoire including laid back & up tempo swing, Latin and funk…

Rachel Musson / Liam Noble / Mark Sanders & Broca Ensemble

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

Broca Ensemble Occupying the space somewhere between minimalism, classical and ambient, the Broca Ensemble play soundscapes for large guitar ensemble. Formed in South East London in 2010, the group has grown from an original four members to now having, on…

Mon 03 November 2014

Blueblut + Sebastian Rochford & Pamelia Kurstin

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

A night of experimental sounds featuring two of the most exciting drummers around BLUEBLUT Pamelia Kurstin, theremin Mark Holub, drums Chris Janka, guitar A broken wind up children’s toy, driving drums, theremin and distorted guitar crash together in this fun,…

Tue 04 November 2014

John Renbourn & Wizz Jones

8:00pm - 11:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Two of the greatest folk artists of our time on one stage! Luminary acoustic guitarist and songwriter John Renbourn is best known for his collaboration with Bert Jansch, and also enjoyed great success with folk/jazz fusion band Pentangle with whom…

Sun 09 November 2014

Harris Eisenstadt / Alexander Hawkins / John Edwards

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

This trio is convened by New York-based Canadian drummer, Harris Eisenstadt. Widely regarded as ‘one of the current generation’s leading composers’ (Troy Collins, Point of Departure), Eisenstadt’s critically acclaimed output as bandleader can be heard on labels such as Songlines,…

Tue 11 November 2014

Evan Parker / John Edwards / 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. Evan Parker tenor…

Wed 12 November 2014

Luke Abbott + Jack Wylie

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

The slow-burning success of his 2010 album debut “Holkham Drones” was something of a dream induction into the world of professional music-making for Norfolk’s Luke Abbott. The electronic opus landed in Mojo’s Electronica Albums of 2010’ list, amongst wide-spread critical acclaim.…

Fri 14 November 2014

Bokani Dyer / Soweto Kinch / Neil Charles / Chris Williams

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

Following his first ever London show right here at the Vortex in May, we’re thrilled to welcome back this formidable young talent. Tonight Dyer will be joined by an equally exciting group of UK musicians. Botswana-born pianist Bokani Dyer has…

Sat 15 November 2014

Hyperactive Kid + Kit Downes & Lucy Railton’s Tricko Tareco + Starlight

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

A night of intrepid new music from Berlin and London. HYPERACTIVE KID Philipp Gropper – tenor saxophone / soprano saxophone Ronny Graupe – 7 string electric guitar Christian Lillinger – drums HYPERACTIVE KID is a band made up of three…

Sun 16 November 2014

London Jazz Orchestra

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

The LJO present an explosion of new work! Now in its 28th anniversary year at the Vortex, the LJO features many of London’s top soloists and composers.  For this years EFG London Jazz Festival, the LJO premiers a whole host…

Mopomoso

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

Founded by renowned guitarist John Russell and run entirely by volunteers, Mopomoso hosts the UK’s longest running unbroken concert series dedicated to free improvisation. For this year’s London Jazz Festival Mopomoso presents a programme ranging from gentle acoustic melodies to pure electronic sounds,…

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 17 November 2014

Chris Dowding + Sarah Woolfenden

7:00pm - 8:30pm @ Vortex Downstairs

Solo set with electronics. Chris Dowding will take words from the audience, interpret them as melodies and play them back alongside loops. Chris is a trumpeter and workshop leader based in Norwich. He plays with the bands Natural Causes, and…

Tori Handsley Trio + Ollie Howell Quintet

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

Tori Handsley Trio Featured in Jazzwise Magazine’s ‘Who to Look out for in 2014′ Composer, arranger and performer, playing pedal, electric and Latin harps. Tori Handsley is renowned for her unique take on the harp. Her contemporary electric-harp led trio…

Tue 18 November 2014

Lafayette Gilchrist / Paul Dunmall / Mark Sanders

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

Pianist & composer Lafayette Gilchrist leads genre-defying band The New Volcanoes, while his solo work and trio Inside Out invite adventurous ears everywhere to enter his world. Tonight he’ll be playing with two of the UK’s most established improvisers; Paul…

Wed 19 November 2014

Emile Parisien Quartet + Alexander Hawkins

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

Tonight the Quartet celebrate the launch new album ‘Special Snack’, released on ACT. Emile Parisien Quartet Since 2004, these young musicians have impressed audiences with a rare spirit and maturity. Critics in France have been quick to champion them too,…

Thu 20 November 2014

Late Sessions: Finn Peters Curates – Jason Yarde’s The Blue Box Diaries

12:00pm - 2:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

Reeds player Finn Peters curates three late night sessions at the Vortex – catch them after the evening concerts. The Independent has described Finn’s music as “nothing like you have ever heard before” so expect the same from these shows!…

Hannes Riepler

7:00pm - 8:30pm @ Vortex Downstairs

Guitarist Hannes Riepler has made his mark on the city’s vibrant jazz scene, not only for his outstanding, inventive guitar skill and freewheeling energy, but as an extraordinarily talented composer. Since moving to London from Austria via studies in Amsterdam…

Evan Parker / Sten Sandell / John Edwards / Paul Lytton

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

Evan Parker’s monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. Tonight Parker is joined by Sten Sandell (piano), John Edwards (bass) and Paul Lytton (drums). ‘If you’ve ever been tempted by free improvisation, Parker is your gateway drug.’ Stewart…

Fri 21 November 2014

Late Sessions: Finn Peters Curates – Prescott

12:00pm - 2:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

Reeds player Finn Peters curates three late night sessions at the Vortex – catch them after the evening concerts. The Independent has described Finn’s music as “nothing like you have ever heard before” so expect the same from these shows!…

Partisans

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

A very special show, celebrating the release of their new album ‘Swamp’ on Whirlwind records. “Godfathers of the ferocious UK ‘post-jazz’ groups.” The Times Since their formation in 1996 Partisans has been thrilling audiences the world over with their ferociously…

Sat 22 November 2014

Late Sessions: Finn Peters Curates – Tiny Beast

12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Reeds player Finn Peters curates three late night sessions at the Vortex – catch them after the evening concerts. The Independent has described Finn’s music as “nothing like you have ever heard before” so expect the same from these shows.…

Led Bib

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

Following their UK tour and an electrifying 3 night residency at the Vortex in the Spring, Led Bib are back for their final London gig of the year, playing music from ‘The People In Your Neighbourhood’ (Cuneiform) – their ‘Best…

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. Yazz Ahmed warmly invites you to spend an afternoon with her extended musical family, as she combines her…

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 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…

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…

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,…

Fri 12 December 2014

Michael Chapman + James Blackshaw

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

The Vortex City Sessions at Bishopsgate Institute The Vortex returns to the Beautiful Bishopsgate Great Hall for an evening with two of the UK’s most interesting guitarists, spanning two generations. Championed by John Peel in the 1970s, Yorkshire-born Michael Chapman…

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…

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…