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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…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Thu 06 November 2014

John Hegley

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

Poetry, comedy and live music, with consumate wordsmith John Hegley who tonight will be joined by a live band. ‘Comedy’s poet laureate” The Independent Local man John Hegley’s first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a…

Sat 08 November 2014

Sound Of Yell

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

Sound of Yell, named after the body of water surrounding the Shetland isle, are a unique ensemble exploring the space where folk and jazz meet. The group is led by Stevie Jones (Arab Strap, Alasdair Roberts and Friends, El Hombre…

Sun 09 November 2014

Byron Wallen with The Vortex Jazz Trio

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

Join us for a night of swinging jazz led by “one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive” Jazzwise Magazine Raised in a musical environment, Byron Wallen started learning his first instrument, piano, at an early age. He then…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

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…

Thu 13 November 2014

Whahay

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

A tribute of one bass legend to another: this welcome, but all too rare, visit by Paul Rogers on bespoke 7 string bass, with Robin Fincker (saxophone, clarinet) and Fabien Duscombs (drums), celebrates the launch of their new album on…

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

For their EFG London Jazz Festival show Mopomoso have programmed four sets of intrepid music from the freer end of things and are delighted to have an appearance of special guest Yoko Arai who is coming from Japan. Martin Speake…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

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

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

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

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 Phil Robson – Guitar Julian Siegel – Saxes and Clarinets Thaddeus Kelly – Bass Mark Mondesir…

Sat 22 November 2014

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…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

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…

Tue 25 November 2014

Dominic J Marshall Trio

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

“He brings together a great heritage of the past, but also something very fresh and new.” Jamie Cullum Sam Vicary, double bass / Sam Gardner, drums / Dominic J Marshall, piano/compositions Dominic J Marshall is a prodigious talent. Having won a scholarship to…

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…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

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

ARQ

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…

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…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

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,…

Fri 12 December 2014

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…

Sun 14 December 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…

Kenny Wheeler Benefit

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

An evening of celebration of the music of trumpeter Kenny Wheeler who was for many years a good friend of the scene here in general and the Vortex in particular. The monies raised will be used to help his family.…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

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…

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…

Sun 21 December 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

9:00pm - 12:30am @ Vortex Downstairs

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

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

Estelle Kokot

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

Estelle recently returned to London after touring South Africa introducing the music of Chico Freeman and Jan Pulsford to a new audience. Highlights include, performing at The Rainbow in Pinetown on ‘Freedom Day’ to raise funds for Operation Smile, Johannesburg jazz…

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.…