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Fri 24 May 2019

Thu 23 May 2019

Evan Parker

For this performance Evan invites Robert Jarvis (trombone) and John Edwards (bass). Evan will play soprano saxophone.    

Words & Jazz

Hosted by Nicki Heinen  Words & Jazz is back!! Come down to the cosy intimate bar downstairs at the Vortex for the best in contemporary poetry and jazz. Words &…

Wed 22 May 2019

Tue 21 May 2019

Union Division: Micromotives

Comprising leading figures from the UK’s improvised music scene, Union Division present Micromotives: a daring and anarchic approach to collective spontaneous composition, with improvisation and sociality at its core. Following on from the work of John…

Mon 20 May 2019

Jazz Alloy #6

Kristin Amparo Matt Robinson   The last collaboration in Jazz Alloy in this edition is as intense as intimate. Thanks to all artists and the audience for some unforgettable moments…

Sun 19 May 2019


Line up Caroline Kraabel (sax), Neil Metcalfe (flute) duo + Lullula – Armorel Weston (voice), Kay Grant (voice), Jim Dvorak (trumpet), Otto Willberg (bass/voice) quartet + John Russell (guitar) ,…

Sat 18 May 2019

Fri 17 May 2019


Grass Roots returns in May with house band Beat Replacement fronted by drummer Jamie Murray and resident DJ Mr Boogie a.k.a The Vinyl Junkie (Soulsa).   Special guests jamming along…

Liam Noble and John Parricelli

John Parricelli was one of the founding members of the British big band Loose Tubes, with whom he recorded three albums. Since then he has played and recorded with Kenny Wheeler,…

Thu 16 May 2019

Wed 15 May 2019

Tom Syson – Album Launch

Tom Syson is a highly regarded trumpeter and composer based in the UK. In January 2019 he recorded his 2nd album, ‘Different Coloured Days’ at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios,…

Tue 14 May 2019

Mon 13 May 2019


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.…

Sun 12 May 2019

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 11 May 2019

Jo Harrop & British Standard Time

Jo Harrop & British Standard Time Velvet-voiced Jo Harrop and pianist/arranger Alex Webb present an evening of British songwriting at its best.  From the jazz-era masters Ray Noble and Eric…

Fri 10 May 2019


Miguel Gorodi is a London based composer, teacher and trumpet player performing across a broad spectrum of jazz and improvised music. He currently leads and writes for the Miguel Gorodi…

Thu 09 May 2019

Cleveland Watkiss UK All Stars

Vocalist, Actor, Composer, Educator & Activist, one of the founding members of Freedom: The Art of Improvisation, Cleveland Watkiss- MBE, has assembled some of the most prolific musicians, active on…

Tue 07 May 2019


One of our May highlights, the Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet featuring 4 outstanding musicians: Michael Formanek (bass), Tony Malaby (saxophone), Kris Davis (piano) and Ches Smith (drums). Not to be missed!

Mon 06 May 2019


Our monthly residency continues for a big band initiated by bassist Calum Gourlay, known for his great work with Thelonious, an award-winning solo album and more. “I want it to…

Sun 05 May 2019

Fall-Out + John-Dennis Renken

Like the aftershock of a catastrophic event, or the shattering end of a brutal relationship, Fall-Out seeks the calm within chaos, journeys through slowly unfolding narratives and stimulates our nostalgia, our desire…

Benjamin Croft’s “10 Reasons To….”

Keyboardist/Composer Benjamin Croft presents his new project, “10 Reasons to….” The music is an exciting blend of electric and acoustic sounds, an eclectic mix of jazz, fusion, classical and 1970’s…

Sat 04 May 2019

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…

Fri 03 May 2019

Thu 02 May 2019

Dan Weiss – Starebaby

Starebaby is the upshot of drummer/composer Dan Weiss’s long-running dream to bring together some of the most accomplished players on the jazz scene: Craig Taborn and Matt Mitchell on keyboards, piano, and electronics, Ben Monder on guitar, and Trevor Dunn on bass.

Dan Weiss – Drum Clinic

Dan Weiss is leading a drum clinic in advance of his evening performance. Places are limited, so make sure to book in advance. “Dan Weiss has been hailed as one…

Wed 01 May 2019


THE KATE LUXMOORE GROUP “A clarinettist with a big English sound”. (The Telegraph jazz blogspot)

Tue 30 April 2019

Circumstances Trio

Circumstances trio consists of Norwegian pianist Kjetil Jerve, British bassist Tim Thornton and Swedish drummer Anders Thorén. With paths crossing from uniquely different musical backgrounds they present a fresh attitude…

Mon 29 April 2019

Jazz Alloy #5

JAZZ ALLOY # 5: Four more musicians are now teaming up for the 5 th Jazz Alloy. Meet four true innovators and experimentalists on a journey with unexpected turns. Check out…

Sun 28 April 2019

Kino Trio – Album Launch

Bruno Heinen – piano Michele Tacchi – bass Riccardo Chiaberta – drums   This is a collective and forward-looking project founded in London in 2015, presenting material written by each member of the group. Their compositions…

MOJO – Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra

MOJO (Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra) an exciting 17-piece jazz big band, made up of great musicians from all over the capital, are back at the Vortex! With a repertoire that includes…

Sat 27 April 2019

Rob Luft & Elina Duni 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 project,…

Fri 26 April 2019


Michael Arbenz: piano Thomas Lähns: bass Florian Arbenz: drums  “One of Europe’s most exciting ensembles”, according to John Fordham, of The Guardian, over the past decade the Basel-based VEIN Trio…

Thu 25 April 2019

Wed 24 April 2019

Tim Whitehead Quartet

Tim Whitehead – Saxophones Jonathan Gee – Piano Neville Malcolm – Double Bass Tom Hooper – Drums     Tim Whitehead was born in Liverpool, the son of one of…

Tue 23 April 2019

Barford/ Hitchcock/ Ollendorff/ Leak Quartet

This newly formed organ band was formed by drummer Joel Barford in late 2018 Inspired by Jesse Van Ruller/Mark McKnight/Seamus Blake/Bill Stewart. Taking on a more modern approach mixed with…

Mon 22 April 2019

Warmer Than Blood

Chris Montague – Guitar Kit Downes – Piano Ruth Goller – Bass ‘Warmer than blood’ is the new trio project from composer and guitarist Chris Montague (Troyka, Squarepusher). It brings…

Sun 21 April 2019


The John Bennett Band is a 15 piece jazz ensemble. The music is structured whilst also allowing for interplay between the musicians. John describes the band as not a “…


Four duo line up Yoni Silver / Joshua Weitzel Martin Speake / Alyson Cawley Steve Beresford / Pascal Marzan Phil Minton / John Russell   As part of its ‘Afternoon…

Sat 20 April 2019

Fri 19 April 2019


    Following a hugely successful inaugural party last month, Grass Roots returns in April with house band Beat Replacement fronted by drummer Jamie Murray and resident DJ Mr Boogie…

Jim Mullen

Glaswegian born Jim Mullen, one of our great guitarists, returns to the club with his exciting organ trio. It involves Noah Stoneman on organ, already a finalist in the BBC…

Thu 18 April 2019

Wed 17 April 2019


Skint: a powerhouse trio bringing you dance music from across the globe.  Phil Meadows – Saxophones, Keys, Electronics Arthur O’Hara – Bass, Electronics Harry Pope – Drums, Electronics Expect an…

Tue 16 April 2019

George Crowley Trio

George Crowley – Tenor Saxophone Dan Nicholls – Keys/Modular Synth Tim Giles – Drums Saxophonist and composer George Crowley (Ivo Neame, Melt Yourself Down, Yazz Ahmed) leads a new, electronically-enhanced…

Mon 15 April 2019

Aubin Vanns – Opera album launch

Aubin Vanns – guitar Alberto Palau – piano Andrea Di Biase – double bass Jay Davis – drums Opera is the debut album of jazz guitarist and composer Aubin Vanns.…

Sun 14 April 2019

London Jazz Orchestra

Part of the David Mossman Jazz (Orchestra!) Festival. Tickets for this gig – £15 Full festival passes – £30/ £20 members /£15 concessions – can be purchased here: Saturday 13 April   20.30-22.30 £15 Calum…

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