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Mon 04 August 2014

Week 1: Introduction to Improvisation

10:30am - 8:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Test Led by critically acclaimed pianist Bruno Heinen, and guitarist Kristian Borring, this course is aimed at musicians who would like to learn more about how to improvise  in a variety of styles including jazz, blues, soul and swing. We…

Wed 06 August 2014

Woven Entity

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

Woven Entity are a unique proposition. Built round the percussive talents of Patrick Dawes, Lascelle Gordon and Paul May (whose credits range from Groove Armada to Beth Orton to The Brand New Heavies to Alexander Hawkins), they offer a wholly…

Sat 09 August 2014

Day 2: Saturday 9th August: Improvisation taster day

10:30am - 3:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Tutors: Bruno Heinen & Kristian Borring In this fun crash course in improvisation we will be learning a few songs by ear written by the greats of jazz and blues. It is open to anyone aged 10 and up, and…

Thu 21 August 2014


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

The Vortex welcomes Evan Parker for his monthly residency EVAN PARKER saxophone 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…

Wed 08 October 2014

Penny Rimbaud’s L’Académie des Vanités

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

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’.…

Sun 16 November 2014


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,…

Thu 20 November 2014

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…