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Mon 19 February 2018

Sun 18 February 2018

Mopomoso ‘The Afternoon Sessions’

CRUSH!!! CRUSH!!! are Sonic Pleasure, Mark Browne and Ian Smith. The group utilises a vast array of found and home-made sound making devices combined with more traditional instruments. Sonic Pleasure…

Sat 17 February 2018

Stan Sulzmann Quartet

Stan Sulzmann is one of our greatest saxophonists. Connecting with a sublime tone and imaginative creative ability to audiences, and a supreme role model to the newer generation. Tonight he…

NYJC & Hackney Youth Jazz Ensemble

Vortex – In The Changes, NYJC and Hackney Music Service present a series of Saturday concerts featuring the bright stars of tomorrow’s jazz. The National Youth Jazz Collective is a…

Fri 16 February 2018

Thu 15 February 2018

Wed 14 February 2018

Valentines Special: Kitchman / Schmidt & Guests

Two compelling improvisers emerging from London’s jazz scene, James Kitchman (UK) and Sylvia Schmidt (DE) are an accomplished guitar-vocal duo. Originally drawn together by the richness and variety of the…

Tue 13 February 2018

Luis Vicente/Olie Brice/Mark Sanders

This is a special event at the Vortex, a club which thrives on the chances to hear new and partnerships. Luís Vicente is a Portugese trumpet player, improviser and composer. …

Mon 12 February 2018

Warriors International present: Freedom

Continuing into the New Year the monthly open-minded Freedom Improv session. There’s an opening short set from an adhoc ensemble, swiftly followed by constantly shifting sets of soul stirring improv sessions…

Sun 11 February 2018

London Jazz Orchestra (LJO)

A swinging Pete Hurt special!  The LJO continue London’s longest jazz residency with a feast of modern big-band jazz featuring a host of great soloists including Martin Speake and Martin…

Sat 10 February 2018

Fri 09 February 2018

Wed 07 February 2018

Barry Green Sextet

A welcome return of pianist Barry Green’s outstanding sextet. Barry Green (Piano) Miguel Gorodi (Trumpet) Sam Braysher (Alto Saxophone) Tom Barford (Tenor Saxophone) Flo Moore (Bass) Will Glaser (Drums) Since…

Tue 06 February 2018


LEKAN BABALOLA’S SACRED FUNK QUARTET   LEKAN BABALOLA (percussion), KATE LUXMORE (bass clarinet), BEN MARKLAND (bass) and RUBEN REYNOLDS (guitar) Twice Grammy award winning Nigerian percussionist Lekan Babalola is well known…

Mon 05 February 2018

Sun 04 February 2018

Sat 03 February 2018

Fri 02 February 2018

A Portrait of Cannonball featuring Tony Kofi, Byron Wallen

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley.  With Byron Wallen on cornet, Alex Webb (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Alfonso Vitale (drums)…

Thu 01 February 2018

Tue 30 January 2018

Loz Speyer’s Time Zone

Loz Speyer – trumpet, flugelhorn Martin Hathaway – alto sax, bass clarinet Stuart Hall – guitar Dave Manington – double bass Andy Ball – drums Maurizio Ravalico – congas + special…

Sat 27 January 2018

Three Way Stretch + Liam Noble Trio

A double bill of two contrasting trios both of which feature pianist Liam Noble and drummer Dave Wickins. Malcolm Earle Smith (trombone) joins Liam and Dave to perform with Three…

Fri 26 January 2018


The English equivalent of Art Blakey – a great drummer, most often known here for his work with father Stan, works today with the stars of tomorrow. Playing originals and standards…

Thu 25 January 2018

Blow The Fuse presents: Tomorrow The Moon 5

Annie Whitehead with the BTF all stars plus Rosie Turton Quintet An evening of Double Trouble, with two Trombone led groups promising inventive blend of jazz with influences from Africa…

Wed 24 January 2018


Tali Atzmon – Voice Yaron Stavi – Double Bass Jenny Bliss Bennett – Viola De Gamba, Violin, flute and voice  Gilad Atzmon – Bass Clarinet, Accordion and Soprano Sax Talinka defies…

Tue 23 January 2018

Tom Ollendorff/Geoff Simkins

A meeting of generations! Guitarist Tom Ollendorff distinguished himself at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, winning the Yamaha scholarship in 2015.  Since graduating, he has been based…

Mon 22 January 2018

Evan Parker and Friends

The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker ranges from “free jazz” to “free improvisation”. Each month Evan invites different guests to play with him. This month’s guests include Alex…

Sun 21 January 2018

Cygnus Flare

Armenian pianist Arman Vardanyan, bassist David Horler, and drummer Caroline Scott are three exciting young professional musicians who have come together to fuse their vast musical influences into a fresh…

Sat 20 January 2018

CLOUDMAKERS FIVE – Traveling Pulse

Return of this band, to launch their new album on Whirlwind. A veritable supergroup! Jim Hart, Dave Smith, Michael Janisch, Anthonin Tri-Hoang (heard here most recently with Eve Risser), Hannes…

Fri 19 January 2018

Enzo Zirilli Zirobop

Hailing from Turin Drummer/Percussionist Enzo Zirilli arrived in London in 2004 to become one of the most sought after drummers on the London scene and beyond, working with the likes…


  After Lunch is a brand new series of great music specially programmed for charities / voluntary organisations / schools /etc to bring their clients, participants and staff along to.…

Thu 18 January 2018

Camilla George Quartet

It is with the greatest of pleasure that we welcome back Camilla George – ‘the girl with the golden touch’ (Evening Standard). The Camilla George Quartet featuring saxophonist Camilla George…

Wed 17 January 2018

Overground Collective

The OverGround Collective is an 18-piece band put together by the Portuguese composer Paulo Dias Duarte. The project is a result of Paulo’s obsessive research on improvisation and its relation…

Tue 16 January 2018

Equal Spirits

EQUAL SPIRITS is the new project from trombonist and composer Raph Clarkson, “one of the rising stars of UK Jazz” ( The music aims to celebrate the coming together of…

Sun 14 January 2018

Sean Payne Quartet featuring Kit Downes

Saxophonist Sean Payne, past finallist at BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, has already guested with Kit Downes and The Enemy. It is a pleasure to invite one of…

The London Jazz Orchestra, featuring Stan Sulzman

The LJO Vortex Sessions January’s Vortex session features the exciting return of Stan Sulzmann, LJO alto and tenor saxophonist for over 15 years.  Stan, one of the all-time British greats, developed…

Sat 13 January 2018


Pigfoot is Chris Batchelor (trumpet), Liam Noble (piano), James Allsopp (baritone sax), Paul Clarvis (drums). Always fun, always alternative – a great way to enjoy Saturday night   Pigfoot burst…

Thu 11 January 2018

Jonny Mansfield – Two Trios

Habitat – Boz Martin-Jones – Drums Will Sach (NY) – Bass Jonny Mansfield – Vibes Gecko – Tom Smith – Sax and Bass Clarinet Will Barry – Piano Jonny Mansfield…

Wed 10 January 2018

Nimbus Tree

Nimbus Tree project is a musical exploration of songs of perception, duality and the joys of life. The brainchild of pianist  and vocalist Justina Curtis, an exciting musical chameleon most…

Mon 08 January 2018


Continuing into the New Year the monthly open-minded Freedom Improv session. There’s an opening short set from an adhoc ensemble, swiftly followed by constantly shifting sets of soul stirring improv sessions…

Sun 07 January 2018

John Bennett Band

The big band is the Rolls Royce of jazz. Once heard, immediately a convert! So it’s great to have John Bennett’s Band with us again  – a stalwart of the old…

Sat 06 January 2018

The New Exiles – Second Night

The Exiles return with a new international lineup and new songs for their traditional New Year gigs at the Vortex, where they’ve played sold-out shows for the past several years.…

Fri 05 January 2018

The New Exiles – First Night

The Exiles return with a new international lineup and new songs for their traditional New Year gigs at the Vortex, where they’ve played sold-out shows for the past several years.…

Thu 04 January 2018

Tue 02 January 2018

Mon 01 January 2018

Procrastinators New Year’s Bash

Did you forget to celebrate last night? Or you had such a good time that you want to celebrate again? It’s a great ‘hair of the dog’ event. Brought to…

Sun 31 December 2017

Sat 30 December 2017

Thu 28 December 2017

John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe

Legendary English guitarist brings sensational new vocal star Vimala Rowe to the Vortex for an evening of passion and soul. John will play some of his celebrated solo set and…

Wed 27 December 2017

Henry Lowther’s Still Waters: Album launch

Henry Lowther (trumpet/flugel); Pete Hurt (tenor); Barry Green (piano); Dave Green (bass); Paul Clarvis (drums). The new album is called Can’t Believe, Won’t Believe and is Henry Lowther’s Still Waters’ second…

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