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Tue 02 September 2014

Jason Yarde / Oli Hayhurst / 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. Jason Yarde alto…

Wed 03 September 2014

Sara Mitra 7tet

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

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…

Thu 04 September 2014

The Grip: Finn Peters / Oren Marshall / Tom Skinner

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

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’…

Sat 06 September 2014

Still Waters: Henry Lowther / Dave Green / Paul Clarvis / Pete Hurt / Barry Green

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

A night of the finest music from those who were at the vanguard of the 1960s London jazz scene. HENRY LOWTHER During the sixties Henry was one of the first musicians on the British jazz scene to experiment with total…

Sun 07 September 2014

Corey Mwamba & Deemer

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

Deemer The brain-child of Merijn Royaards and Dee Byrne, Deemer started life in 2006 as a weekly improvisation/electronics session in a warehouse in Hackney Wick. The project has since evolved into an installation/performance based electro-acoustic ‘twomanned’ orchestra, whose aural narratives…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Tue 09 September 2014

Sarah Gillespie Quartet: The Life of Bessie Smith

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

Bessie Smith is one of the most iconic artists in jazz and blues history. Her raw, visceral howl of a voice chronicled a life of gin-soaked bar room brawls, renegade lovers and bawdy nights of Harlem vaudeville. This evening the…

Sat 13 September 2014

Liane Carroll

8:00pm - 11:00pm @

Liane Carroll is one of the UK’s most outstanding jazz singers. She began her career at the age of 15, and since then has recorded numerous acclaimed albums, headlined at Ronnie Scott’s, at the Glastonbury Festival and toured worldwide. She…

Sun 14 September 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Tue 16 September 2014

Too Noisy Fish

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

A piano trio that’s at once adventurous, courageous and humorous, Too Noisy Fish released their second album, Fight Eat Sleep, in September 2013, produced by the legendary Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Iggy Pop, Bob…

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…

Sun 21 September 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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…

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…

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…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Fri 03 October 2014

​Emily Saunders ESB + special guest Cleveland Watkiss

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

‘Outsiders Insiders’ is already creating a word of mouth buzz prior to its release, showcasing the upbeat summer grooves and Brazilian influences on her debut, reflecting influences including Chick Corea, Airto Moreira and Portishead. Tonight Emily will be joined by…

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…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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

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’.…

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

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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…

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…

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…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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.…

Sun 26 October 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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…

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…

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 band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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…

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,…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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 Since their formation in 1996 Partisans has been thrilling audiences the world over with their ferociously…

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 band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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,…

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…

Sun 30 November 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting 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 band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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,…

Sun 14 December 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

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…

Sun 21 December 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.