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Tue 19 February 2019


Playing experimental, genre blending music, award winning Tyneside trio Archipelago fuse jazz, alt-rock and free improvisation to name a few, taking inspiration from musicians as diverse as Don Cherry, Morphine and Joni Mitchell.

Mon 18 February 2019

Metamorphic & Laura Cole Solo

A special evening features a solo piano set and a full band set from Metamorphic featuring material from two recent album releases – Laura’s solo album Enough and Metamorphic’s The Two Fridas.

Sun 17 February 2019

Craig Taborn – Solo

Composer/Pianist/Electronic Musican Craig Taborn was born and raised in Golden Valley, Minnesota.  While Studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Craig had the good fortune to play in…

Sat 16 February 2019

McCormack & Yarde Duo

The McCormack & Yarde Duo first appeared togther at the Vortex in 2008. Tonight the duo return over a decade later as an established act on the international music scene.

Fri 15 February 2019

Thu 14 February 2019

Luca Manning Valentine’s Day Special

Luca Manning is an award winning Jazz vocalist and composer from Glasgow, Scotland. He is inspired by a wide range of artists and musical styles, as well as being firmly…

Wed 13 February 2019

Tue 12 February 2019

Nishla Smith Quintet

With a background of entwined classical and jazz influences, Nishla is a singer with a penchant is for story telling. Lush harmonies, haunting lyrics and precise arrangements await.

Mon 11 February 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 10 February 2019

Jam Experiment

Chosen in ‘Shape of Jazz to Come’ (Jazzwise), Jam Experiment are an award-winning band with a frontline of trombone/violin/vocals, presenting engaging contemporary jazz with explosive rock energy.

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 09 February 2019

Stan Sulzmann Quartet

Originally formed by Stan for a BBC broadcast from the London Jazz Festival, 2013 the band has been going strong since then and will release a new album on Jellymould later in 2019. Playing a mixture of Stan’s original tunes and cunning reworkings of standards, the band puts a contemporary spin on the jazz tradition.

Fri 08 February 2019

Huw Warren: Everything In Between

Everything in Between is an expansive work combining new music from Warren and Phillips with their shared love of reinterpreting Brazilian classics. With an emphasis on lyrical song forms, this music crackles with interplay, fun grooves, new sound worlds and deep emotion.

Thu 07 February 2019

Sean Gibbs Quintet

Sean Gibbs Quintet   Sean Gibbs – Trumpet Helena Kay – Tenor Saxophone Rob Brockway – Piano Calum Gourlay – Bass Jay Davis – Drums   Trumpet player and composer…

Wed 06 February 2019

Alice Leggett Quartet

The Alice Leggett Quartet will be playing a combination of Alice’s original compositions, and arrangements of well-known jazz standards. Alice has drawn influences from a variety of artists such as, Miguel Zenon, Ben Van Gelder, Chris Cheek, Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk; to name a few. Each member approaches the compositions in their own distinctive way, helping the music venture towards various places, whilst maintaining a strong band sound.

Tue 05 February 2019

Mon 04 February 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…

Sun 03 February 2019

Sat 02 February 2019

Fri 01 February 2019

Simon Purcell “Red Circle” (feat. Chris Batchelor, Julian Siegel, Steve Watts & Gene Calderazzo)

Internationally acclaimed pianist Simon Purcell’s exciting new band comprises some of the most important contributors to the UK’s creative music scene during the last two decades: Steve Watts (Printmakers, Loose Tubes, Iain Ballamy), Gene Calderazzo (Partisans, Pharoah Sanders, Joey Calderazzo, Zoe Rahman), Julian Siegel (Partisans, Joey Baron, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates, John Taylor) and Chris Batchelor (Big Air, Loose Tubes, Brotherhood of Breath, Hermeto Pascoal).

Thu 31 January 2019

Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project

A spectacular mix of rhythm tap dance with Jazz and Latin music. Taking its roots from the iconic ‘Jazz Tap’ that originated in Harlem, which then became popularised on Hollywood’s silver screen, MDJTP features some of the most talented tap dancers and musicians from across the UK and international rhythm tap scene.

Wed 30 January 2019

Calum Gourlay Quartet *World Premiere*

Bassist and big band leader Calum Gourlay brings his new Quartet project to The Vortex for its first ever gig. Helena Kay on Tenor Sax, Kieran McCleod on Trombone and James Maddren on drums.

Tue 29 January 2019

SPECTRUM (formerly Niran Obasa Trio)

SPECTRUM are: NIRAN OBASA (piano/keyboards) DARLINGTON JOSEPH (bass) STANLEY OHIOS (drums)   A New Direction in African jazz with SPECTRUM (formerly Niran Obasa Trio) combines evocative melodies of the pianist and…

Mon 28 January 2019

Jazz Alloy

The second collaboration of Jazz Alloy is a brave cross genre mix were the legendary saxophonist Steve Williamson (from Jazz Warriors and a successful solo career including a first album produced by Wayne…

Sun 27 January 2019

Sat 26 January 2019

David Mossman celebration Part 2

A more formal part 2 of our David Mossman celebration includes Orquestra Mahatma with Paul Clarvis, Stuart Hall, Sonia Slany, Alcyona Mick, Chris Batchelor, Liam Noble, Gene Calderazzo and more.…

Fri 25 January 2019

David Mossman celebration Part 1

We are celebrating David Mossman the founder of the Vortex over 24 hours with a party/memorial about his legacy! Some of the musicians confirmed include Sarah Jane Morris, Mark Hewins,…

Thu 24 January 2019

The Leo Richardson Quartet

Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is widely recognised to be one of London’s leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His most significant influences…

Wed 23 January 2019

Joe Hill’s North Ark

Joe Hill’s North Ark is a new jazz septet, started in 2017. They play original compositions and arrangements by Joe, which are influenced by a wide variety of artists, such…

Tue 22 January 2019

Evan Parker with John Edwards and Hannah Marshall

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 evening the guests are John…

Mon 21 January 2019

Kristian Borring Quartet

With the release of his critically albums ‘Silent Storm’ (2016) and ‘Live at the Vortex’ (2017), Danish guitarist and composer Kristian Borring and his group have been turning heads and…

Sun 20 January 2019


‘Crossing’ is a trio with Veryan Weston/keystation, Hannah Marshall/cello and Yusuf Ahmed/drums/percussion. They present a new project with specially invited guest violinist Pei Ann Yeoh who is visiting UK from…


Electric, acoustic, micro-tonal, plectrum, prepared, finger style, steel, nylon, hollow and solid body. Showcasing a number of approaches to the instrument Mopomoso starts the New Year with an all guitar…

Sat 19 January 2019

Jean-Paul Estiévenart // Valia Calda (double bill)

Jean-Paul Estiévenart Trumpeter Jean-Paul Estiévenart is a highly sought after trumpeter on the Belgian and European scene and has played in many European ensembles including the European Youth Jazz orchestra.…

Fri 18 January 2019

Ray Carless Band: Windrush Jazz

Jamaican saxophonist Ray Carless is returns to the Vortex with Windrush Jazz.  Carless started out on his musical journey working with a wide variety of pop jazz reggae funk and…

Thu 17 January 2019

Joy Ellis

Joy Ellis is a pianist, singer and composer based in London. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama she has toured all over the world playing jazz.…

Wed 16 January 2019


Over the years, the Vortex has encouraged and enjoyed many groups which balance wit and joy with subtlety and complexity. Township Comets, the celebration of Dudu Pukwana led by Chris…

Tue 15 January 2019

Tom Smith Septet

Tom Smith is a London based saxophonist and composer. He runs a number of his own bands and has brought his music all round the UK, including two sold out…

Mon 14 January 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 13 January 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 “…

London Jazz Orchestra featuring Henry Lowther

  Henry Lowther is one of Britain’s greatest trumpet players, appearing as soloist with numerous jazz and pop artist.  A long-term member of the LJO, he is also writes wonderful…

Sat 12 January 2019

Janette Mason’s Red Alert

Janette Mason  – Piano and Synthesizers Chris Morris  – Drums Tom Mason – Bass   Red Alert is pianist Janette Mason’s explosive new trio. A platform for her unique contemporary jazz…

Fri 11 January 2019

Thu 10 January 2019

RESOLUTE + friends + Clarkson/Williams

Raph Clarkson (trombone, FX) + Chris Williams (sax) will perform a freely improvised set, interacting with the live painting of Aurelie Freoua. The second set will see RESOLUTE preview their forthcoming…

Wed 09 January 2019


Talinka defies boundaries between styles and genres. It is where folk, early music, jazz and tango merge into simplicity, harmony and warmth.  Talinka creates a new distinctive sound that explores the unique…

Tue 08 January 2019

Bruno Heinen Quintet

Bruno Heinen brings his forward-looking, originals quintet to the Vortex. Described by the Guardian as eclectic, eccentric, and unobtrusively erudite, the group features a stellar line-up of Percy Pursglove, Rachael…

Mon 07 January 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…

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