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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

Mon 13 January 2020

WARRIORS INTERNATIONAL PRESENT: FREEDOM

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 12 January 2020

Sat 11 January 2020

JOHN ETHERIDGE’S BLUE SPIRITS TRIO

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Vimala Rowe is unfortunately no longer able to perform on Saturday 11th January. John Etheridge will now be joined by Pete Whittaker (organ) & Nic France (drums).

Fri 10 January 2020

PENNY RIMBAUD & EVE LIBERTINE

PENNY RIMBAUD & EVE LIBERTINE  present  ‘JUST ANOTHER JERUSALEM’ – POEMS OF LANDSCAPE, LOVE AND LOSS – with LIAM NOBLE/piano, KATE SHORTT Shortt/cello, ED JONES/saxes. + Eve Libertine performs works…

Thu 09 January 2020

Wed 08 January 2020

Sean Payne Quartet

Sean Payne is a London Based Saxophonist and Composer. Growing up in a musical family, Sean started learning the saxophone at the age of 8, and starting seriously learning Jazz…

Tue 07 January 2020

Ewan Moore’s Pitchfork

Tonight, Ewan Moore joins forces with some of the UK’s finest talents to showcase his project Pitchfork. With a nod to the work of Elvin Jones’ Drum Machine and Tony…

Mon 06 January 2020

Olie Brice Quintet

The Olie Brice Quintet plays melodic, fiery, emotional free jazz drawing on Jewish liturgical music and the jazz tradition. “One of the most interesting and satisfying bands on the current UK scene.” Richard Williams

Sun 05 January 2020

Will Cleasby trio

Will Cleasby is a jazz drummer originally from Lincolnshire and now based in south east London after gaining a first class degree in Jazz Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of…

Sat 04 January 2020

The Exiles

An exciting all-star group to get the New Year going. Scott Stroman gets together the likes of Jason Rebello, Sting’s pianist for many years, and the legendary Steve Williamson, anchored by the dependable dynamism of Calum Gourlay and Winston Clifford

Fri 03 January 2020

The Exiles

An exciting all-star group to get the New Year going. Scott Stroman gets together the likes of Jason Rebello, Sting’s pianist for many years, and the legendary Steve Williamson, anchored by the dependable dynamism of Calum Gourlay and Winston Clifford

Thu 02 January 2020

Seddik & Seeds Of Creation

Seeds Of Creation offer a distinctive take on jazz, drawing on Arabic and Afro-blues influences. The five-piece create an absorbing, compulsively danceable sound, drawing on the Algerian roots of founder…

Wed 01 January 2020

The Procrastinators’ New Year’s Eve Party

The Procrastinators’ New Year’s Eve Party has become something of a tradition at The Vortex. It’s the New Year’s Eve Party with no pressure. You don’t even have to enjoy…

Tue 31 December 2019

IAN SHAW’S NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH

Always great in these intimate gigs, Britain’s finest jazz vocalist, producer and songsmith, Ian Shaw hosts an exuberant party with a set of appropriately festive songs. Whether it’s his radical…

Mon 30 December 2019

ESTELLE KOKOT PRESENTS PRIME TIME

Estelle Kokot Piano and vocals Mick Hutton Bass Kate Shortt Cello and vocals Paul Robinson Drums ‘And the blowback is your Plato without any even numbers Freedom is your biggest…

Sun 29 December 2019

GILAD ATZMON

Gilad Atzmon and The Orient house Ensemble return to the Vortex with a new retrospective program. Two decades of intensive musical creativity  are squeezed into a two hours journey: from…

Sat 28 December 2019

Fri 27 December 2019

GILAD ATZMON

Gilad Atzmon and The Orient house Ensemble return to the Vortex with a new retrospective program. Two decades of intensive musical creativity  are squeezed into a two hours journey: from…

Sun 22 December 2019

Heidi Vogel

As at home with standards or singing Brazilian songs, she appears on the Cinematic Orchestra’s album “Live at The Royal Albert Hall” and has toured extensively with the band over…

Sat 21 December 2019

Fri 20 December 2019

LATE NIGHT: GRASSROOTS

The last Grass Roots session of 2019 greets the return, by popular demand, of TimeBurn.  Fronted and directed by dexterous drummer Justin ‘Time’ Pickett, this fiery fusion quintet also features Kenny…

Eddie Parker’s Airborn

A new suite of original compositions from Loose Tubes flautist and keys player Eddie Parker is always an exciting event. Eddie’s is a unique voice, both intelligent and accessible. His…

Thu 19 December 2019

EVAN PARKER INVITES…

This month’s line up: Evan Parker (sax) John Edwards (bass) Mark Sanders (drums) Tom Challenger (sax)   The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker ranges from “free jazz” to…

Tue 17 December 2019

Will Vinson/Tom Cawley Quartet

Will Vinson Originally from London, Alto Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson moved to New York City in 1999 and has remained there ever since. Since his arrival, he has appeared and/or recorded…

Mon 16 December 2019

Nye Banfield

Nye Banfield is an ambitious jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader based in South East London and recently graduated from Trinity Laban. His biggest influences are Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Kendrick…

Sun 15 December 2019

MOJO Christmas Party with guest Giulia Marelli

Join the 17-piece Mo Jazz Orchestra for a festive evening of eclectic Big Band tunes. Joined by special guest singer Giulia Marelli, their dynamic repertoire will include Tower of Power,…

MOPOMOSO presents: The Afternoon Sessions

MOPOMOSO CHRISTMAS SHOW: Every year Mopomoso hosts a cross section of players from the improvising music community in an end of year Christmas show. Around thirty or so musicians take…

Sat 14 December 2019

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…

Joy Ellis | ‘Dwell’ Album Launch

Joy Ellis – piano & voice, Artie Zaitz – guitar, Henrik Jensen – double bass, Adam Osmianski – drums, Miguel Gorodi – trumpet, Alice Leggett – alto sax, Binker Golding – tenor sax

Fri 13 December 2019

CALUM GOURLAY BIG BAND

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…

Thu 12 December 2019

Deirdre Cartwright’s Picnic featuring Annie Whitehead

The last in the Blow the Fuse Resistance season which celebrated 30 years of BTF 1989 – 2019.   Deirdre Cartwright guitar Annie Whitehead trombone Alison Rayner double bass Winston Clifford drums …

Wed 11 December 2019

Twice as Nice

Twice as Nice celebrates the art of the duo. All through Jazz there have been pairings of masterful musicians – from Bill Evans/Jim Hall, Duke Ellington/John Coltrane, Don Cherry/Ed Blackwell…

Tue 10 December 2019

Mon 09 December 2019

Warriors International Present: Freedom

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 08 December 2019

LONDON JAZZ ORCHESTRA

In its long history the LJO’s piano chair has been filled by some of the greatest names in jazz, beginning with the magnificent John Taylor. December’s session features Taylor’s Quatorze…

Sat 07 December 2019

Fri 06 December 2019

JazzInc Twilight Sessions

Paul Westwood’s Jazz FX features bass guitarist Paul Westwood and percussionist Rob Hervais-Adelman playing a style of music that includes creative themes, powerful moods, and distinctive performances. The group is…

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