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Wed 05 November 2014

Olcay Bayir

Arts Canteen presents Anatolian songbird Olcay Bayir, releasing her debut album Neva/Harmony on Riverboat Records in October. To celebrate the release, she will perform at The Vortex on Wednesday 5th November 2014 Or if you prefer, Arts Canteen Olcay Bayir’in…

Thu 16 October 2014

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

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…

Sun 12 October 2014

Anita Wardell

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…

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…

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…

Wed 17 September 2014

Clara Sanabras & Friends

Tonight we celebrate the release of Clara Sanabras‘ new album Sioux and Gypsy blood runs through Clara’s veins. An exceptionally versatile musician, captivating performer and one of the most original singer-songwriters to emerge from the East London scene, Clara brings…

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…

Fri 05 September 2014

Zoe Francis / Jim Mullen / Steve Watts / Gareth Williams

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…

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…

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…

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…

Week 2: Vocal Song Writing and Interpretation

Tutors:            Yvette Riby-Williams and Bruno Heinen Led by the world renowned ‘Boxettes’ singer Yvette Riby-Williams and critically acclaimed pianist and composer Bruno Heinen, this week will be a fun, friendly crash course in song writing, song interpretation and vocal technique.…

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…

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…

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…

Thu 17 July 2014

David Thomas Broughton + Woodpigeon SOLD OUT

“Arguably the most staggering live musician in the country.” – SONNY BAKER, MOJO David Thomas Broughton occupies a contentious position, divides opinion, unsettles, is self-consciously clumsy, hilarious, beautiful but above all memorable. You’ve never seen anything like it before. Walls…

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…

Sun 06 July 2014

Vocals at Vortex

Doors 7pm Music 7.30pm Open mic night hosted by Romy Summers and the Bob Stuckey Trio: Bob Stuckey (piano), Jerome Davies (bass), Cheryl Alleyne (drums) Doors and singing list open at 7pm, come down early if you’d like to sing.

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    

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…

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 01 June 2014

Vocals at Vortex

Open mic night hosted by Romy Summers and the Bob Stuckey Trio: Bob Stuckey (piano), Jerome Davies (bass), Cheryl Alleyne (drums) Doors and singing list open at 7pm… come down early if you’d like to sing.

Sat 31 May 2014

Ian Shaw

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. “a masterly vocalist… one of the finest…

Fri 30 May 2014

Monica Vasconcelos

We welcome back Mônica Vasconcelos in celebration both of the release of her DVD ‘London Bossa’, filmed at the Vortex last summer, and of the 2014 Rio World Cup! São Paulo born Brazilian singer songwriter Mônica Vasconcelos has been living…

Sat 24 May 2014

Chris Brokaw

As part of left-field London promoter Damnably’s 8th birthday celebrations we bring you Chris Brokaw for a solo electric guitar set encompassing recent works. Chris Brokaw is a drummer, guitarist, singer/songwriter and a founding member of two of the most…

Thu 22 May 2014

Feed Your Soul present Eleni Mylona + Lateefah + Anya Chaika + Savannah Dumetz

Feed Your Soul present a night of new up and coming artists hosted by award winning vocalist Marcia Escoffery. Eleni Mylona is an acclaimed artist whose career started in Athens as a vocalist and expands today as a performer and…

Wed 14 May 2014

Blow the Fuse 25th Birthday

Blow the Fuse celebrates its 25th birthday with the musicians from their very first night back in 1989 Louise Elliott sax/flute Cheryl Alleyne drums With special guests Josefina Cupido and Ruby Thompson Hosting, toasting and playing – Deirdre Cartwright and…

Wed 07 May 2014

Chris Wood

“Wood is one of our finest songwriters, a brilliant exponent of the topical troubadour form, and rarely on better form than he is with None the Wiser. The title track alone is a masterpiece” Andy Gill – INDEPENDENT ★★★★★ 2…

Tue 06 May 2014

Chris Wood

“Wood is one of our finest songwriters, a brilliant exponent of the topical troubadour form, and rarely on better form than he is with None the Wiser. The title track alone is a masterpiece” Andy Gill – INDEPENDENT ★★★★★ 2…

Mon 28 April 2014

Michael Chapman

Celebrating the 2014 release of ‘Live At Folk Cottage 1967′ on Treehouse Records. Blues and Rock n’ Roll covers performed live in Cornwall circa 1967, secretly recorded at the time and never heard until now. The album will be available…

Wed 16 April 2014

Heidi Vogel

The Cinematic Orchestra vocalist who 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‘ with: Sam Crowe piano Dave Hamblett drums…

Tue 15 April 2014

Sam Merrick

Enthralling young singer, Sam Merrick takes his fresh newly founded group to the Vortex for the very first time. Producing dynamic, passionate and reflective performances of material ranging from the lesser-known standard repertoire through to libraries of contemporary songwriters such as Jeff…

Fri 28 February 2014

Carol Grimes

An evening with The Singers Tale and The Singer’s songs… Previewing extracts from a book and the songs that also tell the tale.  Ford (piano) / Neville Malcolm (bass) / Winston Clifford (drums) + Annie Whitehead (trombone) “The book is…