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Thu 30 October 2014

Tony Kofi’s Sphinx Trio

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…

Tue 28 October 2014

Enrico Pieranunzi Trio, New Mediterranean Tales

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…

Mon 27 October 2014

Rowland Sutherland / Ansuman Biswas / Pat Thomas / Guillaume Viltard

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…

Sun 26 October 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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.

Phil Meadows Group + NYJO London

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…

Fri 24 October 2014

Roller Trio SOLD OUT

“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 19 October 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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.

London Jazz Orchestra

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…

Fri 17 October 2014

Oriole

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…

Tue 14 October 2014

Bertrand Denzler / John Edwards / Eddie Prévost

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…

Sun 12 October 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Sat 11 October 2014

Ian Shaw

“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…

Fri 10 October 2014

Natalie Duncan SOLD OUT!

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…

Wed 08 October 2014

Penny Rimbaud’s L’Académie des Vanités

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…

Tue 07 October 2014

Matt Ridley Trio featuring Jason Yarde

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…

Mon 06 October 2014

Paul Edis Sextet

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…

Sun 05 October 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Quadraceratops & Paradox Ensemble

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…

Fri 03 October 2014

​Emily Saunders ESB + special guest Cleveland Watkiss

Emily Saunders ESB Critically acclaimed vocalist Emily Saunders, marked as ‘one to look out for’ by The Guardian’s John Fordham, previews her new album ‘Outsiders Insiders’, the follow up to her standout debut ‘Cotton Skies’. ‘Outsiders Insiders’ is already creating…

Sun 28 September 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The Jeff Chambers Variable n-tet

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…

Fri 26 September 2014

Niran Obasa

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…

Mon 22 September 2014

NoName Trio

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…

Sun 21 September 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Fri 19 September 2014

Kad Achouri

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…

Tue 16 September 2014

Too Noisy Fish

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…

Sun 14 September 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Sat 13 September 2014

Liane Carroll

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…

Tue 09 September 2014

Sarah Gillespie Quartet: The Life of Bessie Smith

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…

Sun 07 September 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Corey Mwamba & Deemer

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…

Sat 06 September 2014

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

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…

Thu 04 September 2014

The Grip: Finn Peters / Oren Marshall / Tom Skinner

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’…

Wed 03 September 2014

Sara Mitra 7tet

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…

Tue 02 September 2014

Jason Yarde / Oli Hayhurst / Eddie Prévost

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…

Sun 31 August 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Sun 24 August 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Thu 21 August 2014

Parker/Russell/Edwards

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…

Sun 17 August 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Fri 15 August 2014

Kefaya

We’re very excited to welcome this band back to The Vortex, with their fantastic energy and kaleidoscopic musical influences, every show they do is absolutely spellbinding. Kefaya is a musical collective founded by UK-based musicians, Giuliano Modarelli and Al MacSween.…

Thu 14 August 2014

Heidi Vogel

The Cinematic Orchestra vocalist, Heidi Vogel has worked with Isaac Hayes, F-ire Big Band, The Brand New Heavies, Cleveland Watkiss, Eska and others. Tonight performs material from her debut solo album, ‘Turn it Up’. “She’s got an extraordinary voice….an incredible range to…

Wed 13 August 2014

Mechanical Moon + Olivia’s Owls

Mechanical Moon Mechanical Moon present an eclectic song cycle based on poems by the great American poet Elizabeth Bishop, combining elements of jazz, folk and storytelling. This project, the first by singer-songwriter Erica Jarnes, aims to cross the boundaries between…

Tue 12 August 2014

Susanna + Matt Stevens

For her Vortex concert tonight Susanna plays with her trio: Susanna on vocals and piano Helge Sten (Supersilent/Deathprod) on guitar Fredrik Wallumrød (former Span, El Caco) on drums and vocals. Susanna is the Norwegian singer and founder of the duo…

Mon 11 August 2014

F-IRE Collective present Fumi Okiji / Ben Davis / Fred Thomas / Zac Gvirtzman + guests

Performing music from the forthcoming album “Living Standards”, this dynamic group, part of the innovative F-IRE Collective explores the edges of jazz territory, re-imagining the poetry of the standard, its rich colours and subtle tonalities. Drawing inspiration from Paul Motian’s seminal…

Sun 10 August 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Sat 09 August 2014

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain – the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain – the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen “a four star show built around her enthralling collection of songs by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.” The Times We’re delighted to welcome Barb Jungr back for…

Day 2: Saturday 9th August: Improvisation taster day

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…

Fri 08 August 2014

Shirley Smart Trio

Shirley Smart Trio featuring Bruno Heinen on piano with special guests to be announced. Seriously jazzy Eastern-flavoured music! Shirley Smart After 10 years living in Jerusalem, Shirley Smart now lives in London, where she has quickly established herself on the jazz…

Tue 05 August 2014

Bruno Heinen / Kristian Borring / Alex Davis / Pat Davey

Bruno Heinen, piano Kristian Borring, guitar Alex Davis, bass Pat Davey, drums Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary pianist, composer and bandleader. His recent endeavours include collaborations with Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, Byron Wallen and Christian Brewer. Bruno studied…

Mon 04 August 2014

Week 1: Introduction to Improvisation

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…

Sun 03 August 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Overground Collective & Madwort’s Menagerie

Madwort’s Menagerie After a momentary glimpse in a misfiring big band rehearsal, Tom Ward has been bugged by an overheard snippet of a weird quartet comprising bass clarinet, flute, trumpet and trombone. Transmogrifying some of his compositions for sax quartet,…

Sat 02 August 2014

Riepler / Speake / Thornton / Draper

This is a one-off meeting, featuring original music from each of the musicians, whose paths have crossed many times on the London scene, be it at Ronnie Scott’s or on the Vortex home base. Hannes Riepler guitar Martin Speake saxophone…

Fri 01 August 2014

Maurizio Minardi

An electrifying quartet led by pianist/accordionist Maurizio Minardi with the stunning cello of Shirley Smart (from Vortex favourites Melange), Michele Montolli on double bass and Jason Reeve on drums. Weaving together jazz, folk and minimalist classical music – together with…

Thu 31 July 2014

Funmi Olawumi NIGHT TWO

Nigerian singer Funmi Olawumi, the leader and founder of the glorious Yoruba Women’s Choir, performs two very special intimate shows – her only London shows of 2014. Across the two nights Funmi premieres songs from her soon to be released…

Wed 30 July 2014

Funmi Olawumi NIGHT ONE

Nigerian singer Funmi Olawumi, the leader and founder of the glorious Yoruba Women’s Choir, performs two very special intimate shows – her only London shows of 2014. Across the two nights Funmi premieres songs from her soon to be released…

Tue 29 July 2014

Shiver + Matthew Bourne Synthesizer Show

Chris Sharkey’s Shiver Chris Sharkey is ‘one of the most exciting guitarists on the UK scene’ (Jazzwise) and has spent the last decade performing in some of the UK’s most cutting-edge yet accessible jazz/improvisation groups such as Acoustic Ladyland and…

Mon 28 July 2014

Elliot Galvin Trio + The Lydian Tree

The Chaos Collective present another genre-pushing evening of live music. The Elliot Galvin Trio was formed in 2012 and sees the meeting of three like- minded creatives. Exploring the possibilities of the traditional piano trio line-up with a sense of…

Sun 27 July 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Anton Hunter: Article 11

Commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival & never before performed in London, Article 11 is an hour-long suite for a specially put-together international 11-piece band, composed by guitarist Anton Hunter. Article 11 Anton Hunter – guitar Johnny Hunter – drums Eero…

Fri 25 July 2014

Annie Whitehead’s World Music Workshop

Back for their annual Vortex Workshop. 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…

Thu 24 July 2014

Evan Parker / John Edwards / Steve Noble

Monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. Evan Parker A major force in European improvising, Parker has collaborated with everyone from Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley & Anthony Braxton, to Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt and Squarepusher. He is one…

Sun 20 July 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Fri 18 July 2014

Bitch ‘n’ Monk + Laura Moody

Bitch ‘n’ Monk ‘Beatboxing soprano’ & guitarist Heidi Heidelberg and experimental flute-player Mauricio Velasierra first met in a tent in Taunton, fought over melodies in Paris, and are now gaining an eclectic set of fans from Yoko Ono to Ray…

Wed 16 July 2014

Twelves

Twelves is a longstanding collaborative project based on the exploratory and the improvised. Twelves create a sound-world taking in elements of swing, odd-time signatures, free improv and alt-country in addition to traditional folk ballads. With a third album awaiting release,…

Tue 15 July 2014

Adriano Adewale

Adriano Adewale is a mesmerizing multi-dimensional percussionist who follows in the footsteps of fellow Brasilian Nana Vasconcelos. His Raizes ensemble features Kora player virtuoso Kadialy Kouyate and Marcelo Andrade on flutes and Rikki Thompson on bass. Universally enthusiastic reviews in…

Mon 14 July 2014

Audrey Lauro / Olie Brice / Mark Sanders plus Lauren Kinsella / Hannah Marshall / Nick Malcolm

Audrey Lauro, saxophone Olie Brice, double bass Mark Sanders, drums AUDREY LAURO Audrey Lauro is an alto saxophonist with a wealth of experience in the Belgian experimental music scene, having played with Marc Ribot, Veryan Weston, Peter Evans, Carlos Zingaro,…

Sun 13 July 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

The Kenny Wheeler Collective

The Kenny Wheeler Collective was recently formed to celebrate the great man’s music and consists of some of his closest musical colleagues performing compositions from Kenny’s vast repertoire. John Taylor piano Stan Sulzmann saxes John Parricelli guitar Chris Laurence double bass…

Guildhall Jazz Band

Emerging young stars, led by Scott Stroman, take the stage as the big-band flagship of the Guildhall’s renowned jazz programme round off their season with a special concert featuring compositions and arrangements by members of the band.  

Sat 12 July 2014

Ian Shaw

We welcome back one of Britain’s most inventive jazz vocalists. Shaw’s remarkable vocal range and mesmerising style has seen him breathe life into pop tunes and standards, reinventing even the most maudlin showtunes with sparkling wit. www.ianshaw.biz

Fri 11 July 2014

Fini Bearman

‘Possesses something of the rhythmic freedom of Gretchen Parlato… What impresses most is the overall sweep of the album, which pulls you into a sound world all of its own.’ Peter Quinn, Jazzwise magazine London Jazz Singer of the Year…

Thu 10 July 2014

George Crowley + Rhythm Sticks

GEORGE CROWLEY ‘There are times on Paper Universe, George Crowley’s debut album, when the young saxophonist and composer sounds like he’s been sitting by the side of Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young. There are times when he flies out of…

Wed 09 July 2014

Penny Rimbaud’s L’Académie des Vanités

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 06 July 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra

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…

Sat 05 July 2014

Jim Mullen’s Organ Trio

Following the release of the album ‘Catch My Drift’ on diving duck recordings, the Vortex welcomes back this magnificent trio. The album features melodic and Mullenised versions of standards and compositions by legendary jazz musicians such as Toots Thielemans. Having…

Thu 03 July 2014

Teotima SOLD OUT

“Excellent release.” Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music “On first listen, this could well be album of the year!” Mike Chadwick, Jazz FM Teotima is a 16-piece jazz / afro-latin / soul ensemble from London. Guitarist-composer Greg Sanders started Teotima; taking the…

Wed 02 July 2014

Blow the Fuse present ARQ + Element

Tonight ARQ launch their brand new album  ‘August’, recorded live at the Vortex and released on Blow the Fuse Records. Led by bass player Alison Rayner they play melodic compositions with killer grooves, influences from American swing, funk and dance…

Tue 01 July 2014

Kjær3 + Forebrace

Kjær3 is Julie Kjær / John Edwards / Steve Noble Forebrace is Alex Ward / Roberto Sassi / Santiago Horro / Jem Doulton KJAER3 Danish saxophonist, Julie Kjær joins forces with the english powerhouse rhythm section of Steve Noble and…

Mon 30 June 2014

Paul Dunmall Quartet: Sunship Revisited

Paul Dunmall tenor saxophone Howard Cottle tenor saxophone Olie Brice bass, Tony Bianco drums John Coltrane’s album SUNSHIP, widely regarded as one of his greatest recordings, perhaps even more powerful than A LOVE SUPREME, is the inspiration for tonight’s concert.…

Sun 29 June 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Mike Hobart’s Urban Jazz Collective

Mike Hobart is an experienced and soulful saxophonist who has played with the likes of Esther Phillips and Maceo Parker. His first inspirations were the flowing freedoms of Miles Davis’ 1960s quintet and the soulful blues of Ray Charles, but…

Sat 28 June 2014

Ian Shaw

We welcome back one of Britain’s most inventive jazz vocalists. Shaw’s remarkable vocal range and mesmerising style has seen him breathe life into pop tunes and standards, reinventing even the most maudlin showtunes with sparkling wit. www.ianshaw.biz    

Tue 24 June 2014

Matthew Shipp Trio

Matthew Shipp Trio Matthew Shipp, piano Whit Dickey, drums Michael Bisio, bass He might be older and wiser, but Matthew Shipp has not mellowed with age. A galvanizing force among the heirs to jazz’s avant-garde movement of the 1960s, the…

Mon 23 June 2014

Trinity Laban Jazz Choir and Jazz Ensemble

Led by the UK’s leading jazz choral director, Pete Churchill, a thirty-five strong jazz choir will be joined by a talented band from Trinity Laban’s jazz course for a set of jazz, gospel, soul, folk and much more. The second…

Sun 22 June 2014

Vortex Jam Session with the Hannes Riepler Quartet

The Vortex Downstairs jam session moves upstairs for one week only. 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…

Sat 21 June 2014

Chris Laurence Quartet: Martin France / John Parricelli / Frank Ricotti

The Vortex welcomes back this tremendously influential quartet Chris Laurence, double bass Martin France, drums John Paricelli, guitar Frank Ricotti, vibraphone Bassist Chris Laurence has been a fixture on the British scene for many years, working regularly in the jazz…

Fri 20 June 2014

Emilia Mårtensson

“…a voice of quite remarkable expressive depth” JAZZWISE “…the album is a thing of simple beauty…what really impresses is a talent for story telling and for drawing the listener in…taste-makers take note!” JazzUK “…Ethereal Voice” Time Out Emilia Mårtensson is…

Thu 19 June 2014

Evan Parker / John Russell / John Edwards / Sam Bailey

Monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. Tonight’s concert will start promptly at 8.30pm First set Sam Bailey solo prepared piano Second set Evan Parker / John Russell / John Edwards Third set Evan Parker / John Russell…

Wed 18 June 2014

Dice Factory + Stories

Two groups featuring some of the brightest young musicians around. DICE FACTORY Tom Challenger (tenor saxophone) Dan Nicholls (piano) Tom Farmer (double bass) Jon Scott (drums) Dice Factory – the name taken from Luke Rhinehart’s classic novel “The Dice Man”…

Tue 17 June 2014

The Fat Face Band + Fumi Okiji’s Old Time Band

Match & Fuse and the Vortex Present The Fat Face Band US-based jazz trio (Charlotte, North Carolina) featuring Matthew Postle (trumpet/melodica), Troy Conn (guitar), and Molly Brown will perform a variety of New Orleans Jazz, infused with Americana and original…

Sun 15 June 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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

Mopomoso

In a break from their usual programming Mopomoso presents an intriguing concert in two halves, with the first half from the Portfolio Improvisers group and the second featuring three fine guitar players from the UK, France and Canada. Part One…

Sat 14 June 2014

John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits

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…

Thu 12 June 2014

Ollie Howell Quintet

Barely into his mid-twenties, Ollie Howell is a multi-award winning drummer, composer, bandleader and international recording artist. Now signed to Whirlwind Recordings, Ollie’s debut album, ‘Sutures and Stitches’, was released in September 2013. Recorded in London, and mixed and mastered…

Wed 11 June 2014

Eddie Prévost / Guillaume Viltard / Nat Catchpole / Jamie Coleman

Eddie Prévost, With Respect Nathaniel Catchpole—Tenor saxophone Jamie Coleman—Trumpet Guillaume Viltard—Double bass Eddie Prévost—Drums In a spirit of adventure, a spirit of of improvising encounters, tonight Prévost presents a group of his younger colleagues. All have been associated with a…

Tue 10 June 2014

Alexander Hawkins / Neil Charles / Tom Skinner

Alexander Hawkins is a pianist who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a ‘dazzling new apex’ (Downbeat). Whist audiences are perhaps more familiar with his Ensemble – ‘one of the…

Mon 09 June 2014

Academy Jazz Final Recitals

As the culmination of their studies at the Royal Academy of Music, jazz students perform their final recital programmes in one of London’s top jazz venues. This is a chance to hear the jazz stars of tomorrow present their ensembles…

Sun 08 June 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

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