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Sat 24 June 2017

New Simplicity Trio

Bruno Heinen: Piano (UK) Henrik Jensen: Double Bass (Denmark) Antonio Fusco: Drums (Italy)   “High quality writing, intimate execution. ****'(Jazzwise) New Simplicity Trio plays compositions by each member of the…

Fri 23 June 2017

Helena Kay-Barry Green Quartet

  A new quartet with top young saxophonist Helena Kay, a former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year, and pianist Barry Green. With Tim Giles (drums), Jeremy Brown (bass).…


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. The…

Thu 22 June 2017

Words and Jazz

Nicki Heinen programmes her monthly event showing the close creative proximity between the imagination of writers, such as poets, and jazz. Readers followed by jazz. George Szirtes George Szirtes is…

Evan Parker

One of our most innovative improvisers, saxophonist Evan Parker, returns for his monthly session at the Vortex

Wed 21 June 2017


Nigerian juju singer TOPE TEN TEN is one of the new wave of singers from Nigeria that are upgrading the juju music of King Sunny Ade and Chief Ebenezer Obey…

Mon 19 June 2017


A new monthly residency for a big band initiated by bassist Calum Gourlay, known for his great work with Thelonious, an award-winning solo album, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and more.…

Sun 18 June 2017


Curated by guitarist Hannes Riepler the weekly London Jazz Jam session in the Vortex Downstairs Bar features his house band which varies to include some extra special guests. Followed by…

Cleveland Watkiss/Benet McLean

A new collaboration of Cleveland Watkiss, who is a musician who has the ability to seamlessly merge classical and hip-hop vocalistic technique, with Benet McLean – known mainly as a…


CRUSH – Mark Browne (sax,plus) Ian McGowan (trumpet) Sonic Pleasure (objects) Sonic Pleasure is famed for her unique use of bricks and masonry to make sound and usually the materials…

Sat 17 June 2017

Antonio Zambrini plays the music of Nino Rota

Acclaimed pianist and composer Antonio Zambrini presents at the Vortex his creative take on some of the most iconic film soundtracks of the Italian neorealism. This project of rediscovery originated…

Fri 16 June 2017

Thelonious with Steve Cardenas – Celebrating Monk at 100

For this special ‘upstairs’ centenary gig, Thelonious joins forces with New York guitarist and Monk expert Steve Cardenas. Steve Cardenas is THE expert on Monk’s music, but lso one of the top guitarists in New York, playing with the likes of Paul Motian and more.

In addition to the amazing compositions and his beautiful playing, the band take great inspiration from Monk’s legendary advice to Steve Lacy, from 1960

Thu 15 June 2017

Zoe and Zara

Having just broken on the scenes in Cambridge and Bedford, this up-and-coming soulful duo are returning to London and will be showing their positive vibes.

Wed 14 June 2017

Olie Brice Quintet

Olie Brice is one of our most innovative bass players because he knows how to lead a group as well as anchor. So it’s a great pleasure to have him…

Tue 13 June 2017

Jeff Williams Quintet

Jeff Williams (drums), John O’Gallagher (sax), Josh Arcoleo (sax), Kit Downes (piano), Sam Lasserson (bass) “Williams’ British quintet features some of the UK’s leading players in guitarist Phil Robson, rising tenor…

Mon 12 June 2017

Sun 11 June 2017

Miriam Ast / Victor Guttierez duo

Celebrating their prize-winning success at Bucharest Jazz Competition, the duo of Miriam Ast and Victor Guttierez will perform an intimate set in the Vortex. Both graduates of the prestigious course…

Sat 10 June 2017


Led by guitar legend John Etheridge, the Blue Spirits Trio includes Pete Whittaker (organ) & Nic France (drums) Drawing on a vast reservoir of musical experience spanning 43 years ,Etheridge…

Fri 09 June 2017

Fletch’s Brew

Led by one of our favourite drummers, Mark Fletcher,  Fletch’s Brew makes a rare appearance outside Ronnie Scott’s where they play weekly. With a real superstar line-up: Mornington Lockett (Saxophone),…

Thu 08 June 2017

Wed 07 June 2017

Tue 06 June 2017

Alex Merritt Quartet

Now in its seventh year together the Alex Merritt Quartet (Alex on saxophone, John Turville on piano, Sam Lasserson on bass, Jeff Williams on drums) has developed a unique and…

Mon 05 June 2017

Sun 04 June 2017

Angela Carrington Eclectic

A musical play by Brian Shaw, music by Daniel Shaw and more to celebrate the spirit of Angela Carrington.

Sat 03 June 2017


JIM MULLEN – Guitar ZOE FRANCIS – Voice KATE WILLIAMS – piano MICK HUTTON – bass Joining Zoe this evening is multi award winning guitarist Jim Mullen, his career spans…

Fri 02 June 2017

Vortex Jazz Quartet + Brigitte Beraha

The ‘classic’ Vortex Jazz Quartet returns. Itself made up of superstars, with Huw Warren (of Perfect Houseplants and Quercus) on piano and John Parricelli (of Loose Tubes and Kenny Wheeler…

Thu 01 June 2017

Tue 30 May 2017


Hogcallin’ explore the musical legacy of Charles Mingus –  using  improvisation and spontaneity  to expand and rework arrangements of his tunes. With 4 horns, the powerhouse rhythm section of Edwards and…

Mon 29 May 2017

Sun 28 May 2017

The John Bennett Band

John Bennett and his 14-piece band bring their cosmic, funk-infused sound garden to the Vortex once more for a wonderful afternoon gig on this Bank Holiday Sunday. A pioneering jazz…

Sat 27 May 2017


Dalston Children’s Festival Saturday 27th May 10am – 3pm 10am  – 12.30pm : WRAP Co-work and Play 10.30 – 11.15 : TOTS TUNES 1.30pm – 3.00pm : BIG & SMALL…


This latest season of ‘My Generation’ features trombonist Annie Whitehead and drummer Winston Clifford Annie Whitehead Deirdre Cartwright Alison Rayner Winston Clifford Annie Whitehead: Trombone virtuoso best known for her engaging…

Fri 26 May 2017

Golden Age of Steam

Somewhere, in the middle of nowhere, a dilapidated big top stands. Trudging through the rain towards it, a small orchestra is besieged by birds of paradise. Inside the tent an…

Thu 25 May 2017

Words and Jazz

Hosted by Nicki Heinen, this monthly session has become one of the important nights in the intimacy of Vortex’s Downstairs space where creativity in words and music overlap. Kathy Pimlott…


Open Source and YaPhoto are pleased to announce Digital Africa, an evening projection of works by 14 African and Diaspora video artists and documentary filmmakers. The artists and filmmakers were selected…

Wed 24 May 2017

Abdoulaye Samb & Minnjiarabi

A part of Dalston African Week! This truly remarkable Senegalese blues outfit draws elements from the rich Fula tradition interwoven with Rumba, Mbalax, Afro-Latin and deep blues.   Abdoulaye SAMB is…

Tue 23 May 2017

Mike de Souza Trio

Guitarist Mike de Souza leads his new trio in mix of standards and originals played with joy, exuberance and quality. This new Guitar led trio featuring Jay Davis (Drums) and…

Mon 22 May 2017


It’s not been long since a pianist with the Sardinian mask that looks like an antelope suddenly stepped into public. The rumours were numerous: Who is the person behind the…

Sun 21 May 2017

KIN Trio featuring Elias Stemeseder

26 year old Elias Stemeseder is already for 4 years, pianist with the bands of Jim Black. But the bold adventurers in this band are all young and fearless.

MOPOMOSO presents…

The Musicians Charlotte Keefe (tpt,flg) Joe Smith Sands (gtr) Diego Sampieri (gtr) + Marilza Gouvea (voc) Marcio Mattos (cello) Adrian Northover (sax) + Jean-Jacques Duerinckx (sax) John Russell (gtr) Matthieu…

Sat 20 May 2017


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 onto…

Rafael ‘Pollo’ Brito

Rafael ‘Pollo’ Brito. Venezuelan musician, singer, composer, broadcaster and actor. Rafael is a pioneer of the new musical scene in Venezuela and a tireless promoter of the country’s talent. Brito’s musical…