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Tue 18 February 2020

Words and Jazz

Our monthly session in the intimacy Downstairs, curated by Nicki Heinen. This month: Mark Waldron Seraphima Kennedy Fran Lock JP O’Malley Music from the magnificent singer Reem Khelani and pianist…

Mon 17 February 2020

Encuentro – Andria Antoniou & Roman Gomez and friends

The duet has recently released collaboration album Encuentro. The debut album was successfully launched in Cyprus and London in Autumn 2019 and has won the duet a centre-place in the…

Sun 16 February 2020

Noble, Sanders, Smith trio

A trio of improvising musicians, who have experience across different genres, making music in real time. Liam Noble piano Mark Sanders drums Harrison Smith saxophones bass clarinet Liam Noble piano…

MOPOMOSO: AFTERNOON SESSIONS

John Russell & Pascal Marzan – Guitar duet. Pascal Marzan is a classically trained musician active in Paris, his home city, both as an improviser and organiser of improvised music events.…

Sat 15 February 2020

Fri 14 February 2020

Thu 13 February 2020

RESOLUTE + J-Frisco + Arthur O’Hara Trio (triple bill)

Three original and totally distinctive bands representing different aspects of the stunningly varied UK jazz and improvised music scenes. RESOLUTE bring together free improvisation, grooves, ambience, poetry, spoken word, noise…

Wed 12 February 2020

Mezcla – Shoot the Moon [Album Launch]

Recently signed to Ubuntu Records, Mezcla are a Glasgow based world/jazz fusion ensemble attracting attention for their soulful blend of eclectic jazz and infectious grooves. Skilfully fusing influences from West…

Tue 11 February 2020

Petra Haller/Richard Lewis

Petra Haller on tap and Richard Lewis on piano have gone on to develop a captivating partnership drawing on their diverse experiences in music and beyond. Their joint improvisations are…

Daisy George Trio

The Daisy George Trio is a fresh new trio featuring three of London’s rising jazz stars. With a modern compositional take on the original jazz piano trio, DGT combines strong…

Mon 10 February 2020

FREEDOM – The Art of Improvisation

The core team consists of Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, Tori Handsley and Paul Bradshaw who are joined by an array of guests. You never know who’s going to drop in. In essence the team strive to…

Sun 09 February 2020

Chris Batchelor’s Zoetic

Renowned for his melodic and warmly lyrical trumpet playing, Chris Batchelor has been composing music for almost as long as he’s been performing. Winner of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation…

London Jazz Orchestra

The London Jazz Orchestra Vortex Sessions, at 28 years old, is London’s longest jazz residency. Under the direction of Scott Stroman, the band seems to go from strength to strength,…

Sat 08 February 2020

Emilia Martensson ‘LOREDANA TOUR’

Emilia Mårtensson is a London based Swedish vocalist and composer of considerable repute. After her three latest album releases Emilia has built a well- deserved reputation as one of the…

Fri 07 February 2020

Celebration of Soul

Celebration of Soul (music medicine) Jazz/Soul/ Funk music with guests such as: –  Jazz sensation Claude Deppa from South Africa (trumpet), –  Niki Buzz from the USA (lead guitar), – …

Thu 06 February 2020

Partikel

2020 sees Partikel celebrating 10 years since the release of their first album. They are marking this milestone by recording their fifth album this Spring, due for release later in…

Wed 05 February 2020

TONY DUDU AND THE GUMBE JAZZ

TONY DUDU (GUINEA BISSAU) GUINEA BISSAUAN guitarist TONY DUDU and his band Gumbe Jazz featuring Angolan percussionist TELLO MORGADO, Mozambiquean drummer ELAIS KACOMANOLIS, Nigerian bassist EMMANUEL OLADAKUN, Ghanaian keyboardist EBENEZER…

Tue 04 February 2020

AuB

Alex Hitchcock- Tenor Saxophone, Tom Barford- Tenor Saxophone, Ferg Ireland- Bass, James Maddren- Drums

Sun 02 February 2020

Let Spin

“A new prog-jazz supergroup” — Jazzwise “British Punk Jazz with a wiry electrical crackle” — Uncut “An original identity that promises to be one of UK jazz’s best …” —…

Garcia-Coombs Quartet

Having met through Tomorrow’s Warriors (an artist development programme for young jazz musicians), and studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama together under the mentorship of Binker Golding,…

Sat 01 February 2020

Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball

Tony Kofi won the Best Instrumentalist Award at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards, Best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Album of the Year at the 2005 BBC Jazz…

Fri 31 January 2020

MISS SOXEE & FRIENDS

Miss Soxee and Friends showcases some of our talented contributors from Open Decks, giving them a night to dig further into their music collection. We kick off January 2020 with…

Elina Duni & Rob Luft Duo ft. Fred Thomas

Elina Duni is a Swiss-Albanian singer. Having been signed to ECM Records since 2012, her hallmark combination of traditional Albanian folk songs and jazz has lead to worldwide critical acclaim. For this latest…

Thu 30 January 2020

Blow the Fuse presents Tomorrow the Moon

Blow the Fuse presents Tomorrow the Moon Blow the Fuse opens a new season of ‘Tomorrow the Moon’ with an amazing double bill. Ivy Benson Revisited with Carol Gasser / Claudia…

Wed 29 January 2020

Tom Ridout Quintet

Award winning saxophonist Tom Ridout was predicted by Jazzwise Magazine in 2012 as an upcoming jazz musician to watch out for. A finalist in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz…

Tue 28 January 2020

Run Logan Run

Line-up: Andrew Neil Hayes – Saxophone & electronics Matt Brown – Drum kit & percussion Run Logan Run are a head on collision of pounding tribal drums and screaming guttural…

Mon 27 January 2020

James Copus Quintet

James Copus is an award winning jazz trumpet player who is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most exciting trumpet players on the London scene. Having grown up in…

Sun 26 January 2020

Rosie Frater-Taylor

Emerging songwriter, guitarist, ukuleleist, vocalist Rosie Frater-Taylor is credited as ‘One to Watch’ by Jazzwise Magazine. At 20 she is developing her own sweet and unique sound influenced by folk…

Sat 25 January 2020

IMPROV NIGHTS

“IMPROV NIGHTS” is a monthly event at the Vortex Downstairs curated by London-based drummer and percussionist Stefano Ancora. LIVE DUO and TRIO sets of improvised music, with a different set-up…

THE AFRICAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA directed by Serge Ngando-Mpondo

THE AFRICAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA SERGE NGANDO-MPONDO, director/composer/bass The 10-piece African Jazz Orchestra is directed by Cameroonian French double and electric bassist SERGE NGANDO-MPONDO. The orchestra is the musical vision of…

Fri 24 January 2020

Thu 23 January 2020

Words and Jazz

Our monthly Words and Jazz show is back with its a blistering January line-up!

EVAN PARKER INVITES…

Joining Parker this month are free spirits Mark Sanders and John Edwards. The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker ranges from “free jazz” to “free improvisation”. Each month Evan…

Wed 22 January 2020

LUCA SISERA’S ROOFER

With nonchalant ease, the jazz quintet ROOFER, founded by the Swiss double-bass player and composer Luca Sisera, performs a balancing act between the avant-garde and an awareness of tradition. The…

Tue 21 January 2020

TOM RAINEY TRIO with INGRID LAUBROCK and MARY HALVORSON

“While Rainey’s evocative, time-morphing and occasionally implosive drumming plays a central role in the musical materiality here, his trio is very much an integrated ensemble. The commanding component parts are…

Mon 20 January 2020

The Calum Gourlay Big Band

Calum Gourlay’s Big Band kicks off the start of its fourth year in residence at The Vortex. Featuring some of London’s leading musicians and improvisers and new music written specially…

Sun 19 January 2020

Duncan Fraser Septet

Trumpeter, Composer & Arranger Duncan Fraser brings his new project, The Duncan Fraser Septet, to the Vortex, featuring some acclaimed young players on the London scene. Previous to this ensemble,…

MOPOMOSO: Afternoon Sessions

We are delighted to start our 30th anniversary year with a programme reflecting the breadth of influences to be found in the free improvising world. Line up Caroline Kraabel (sax)…

Sat 18 January 2020

Jean Toussaint Quartet

Jean Toussaint has been at the forefront of the British Jazz Scene since his arrival from the US in the late eighties. A former member of the legendary Art Blakey’s…

Fri 17 January 2020

Late Nights: Grass Roots – Ħoss Project

For the very first Grass Roots of 2020, discover Ħoss Project – a fresh, contemporary and experimental jazz quartet whose raison d’être is improvisation and on-the-spot creative collaboration.   The band line…

Kasai Masai

Kasai Masai’s music reflects their journey from the rural to urban, performing music which has been passed on from generation to generation combined with their own contemporary style. Written in…

Thu 16 January 2020

Matt Anderson Quartet

London-based saxophonist and award-winning composer mixes contemporary jazz sounds with rural North Yorkshire

Wed 15 January 2020

Acrobat

A well balanced and highly democratic unit who bring a contemporary slant to the jazz organ combo.. joyous, invigorating.. fluent and absorbing – [www.thejazzmann.com] With the release of their second…

Tue 14 January 2020

John Warren Nonet

Steve Fishwick – trumpet, Sam Braysher – alto sax, James Alsopp – tenor sax, Owen Dawson – trombone, Mick Foster – bass clarinet, Nick Costley-White – guitar, Alcyona Mick – piano, Oli Hayhurst – bass, Tim Giles – drums, John Warren – director

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