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David Mossman, who founded the Vortex in 1988, died peacefully on 8 December in Margate. We are more determined than ever that the club, as his legacy, will continue.
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Mon 10 December 2018

Sun 09 December 2018

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 08 December 2018

Fri 07 December 2018

Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan

Devin Gray – Drums; Dave Ballou​ – Trumpet; Ellery Eskelin​ – Tenor Saxophone; Michael Formanek​ – Bass. Top Downtown New York jazzers come to Dalston: earworm melody, richly implied harmony and a loose-limbed sense of rhythm as something physical and flowing

Thu 06 December 2018

Mike De Souza Trio – Road Fork EP Launch

Mike De Souza Trio will launch their first EP ‘Road Fork’ at the Vortex. Expect Guitar heavy compositions, with influences ranging from Radiohead to Messiaen.

Wed 05 December 2018

Tue 04 December 2018

Mon 03 December 2018

Svarc Hanley Longhawn

Svarc Hanley Longhawn Nick Svarc – Guitar Steve Hanley – Drums Martin Longhawn – Organ Formed in 2012, Svarc Hanley Longhawn are a collaborative band performing original music with influences…

Sun 02 December 2018

Jeff Chambers Variable N-tet

Appearing as the 16 piece Large n-semble, The Variable n-tet is a flexible n-piece band playing music composed by Jeff Chambers. The music draws on the depth and richness of the…

Sat 01 December 2018

David Torn solo + Sonar with David Torn (2 Nights)

The beast comes out! It’s guitarist David Torn and Swiss progressive quartet Sonar performing for two nights. Sonar is a mathematically oriented, rhythmically-based quartet that formed a temporary quintet by adding Torn’s as the third guitar, and his unconventional looping and sound manipulations.

Fri 30 November 2018


Co-led by Brigitte Beraha & Barry Green and featuring legends Chris Laurence & Paul Clarvis, this ‘remarkable quartet’ play the final concert of their much-anticipated 20-date 2018 UK tour.

Thu 29 November 2018

Lorraine Baker – ‘Eden’ Album Launch

Rising star Lorraine Baker bursts onto the UK Jazz Scene to launch her debut album “Eden.” Her individual style has gained attention from top international musicians, describing her playing as “magical” and “deeply rooted in the tradition of the great drummers of jazz.”

The show focuses on tunes famously played by late drummer Ed Blackwell, re-arranged and using newly composed elements to give the music an edgy modern twist, perfectly showcasing the all star band and Lorraine’s unique sound as an improviser. Expect a fusion of afro, dance and rock grooves with driving swing and elements of free improvisation.

Wed 28 November 2018

Tue 27 November 2018

Eirik Svela Group

Featuring an exciting mix of Norwegian and UK jazz musicians this band preforms original music that effortlessly combines pretty melodies and complicated chord changes.

Mon 26 November 2018

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 25 November 2018

Family Band – Board of Origin Album Launch

Comprising four long-term collaborators and friends (thus the ‘family’ tag), the band takes as its starting point the freewheeling music of the 1960s free jazz revolution; moments of fierce intensity, introspection and the blues all combining into an emotionally complex and often cathartic whole.

Sat 24 November 2018

Fri 23 November 2018

Thu 22 November 2018

Words & Jazz

Words & Jazz SPECIAL!! Join us in the cosy downstairs bar for a night to remember – award winning poets and musicians!

Noel Langley’s EDENTIDE

Noel Langley has been at the forefront of the British music scene for nearly thirty years, enjoying a multi-faceted career as a performer, composer, arranger, arranger, producer and bandleader. Here he brings his critically acclaimed project EDENTIDE to the Vortex.

Wed 21 November 2018

Tue 20 November 2018

Mon 19 November 2018

Vula Viel & Velvet Revolution

Vula Viel & Velvet Revolution, both with their unusual line-up, make strong musical statements: the sound is vibrant and at the same time intricate; with a fine sense for subtle nuances and yet delivered with verve, occasionally even with force.

Sun 18 November 2018

Sat 17 November 2018

Fri 16 November 2018

Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra

To open our fantastic EFG LJF programme, Nikki Iles presents for the first time a brand new large ensemble project featuring a handpicked line-up of old friends and new, to perform works by inspirational female composers.

Thu 15 November 2018

Wed 14 November 2018

Tue 13 November 2018

Sam Leak Trio – “Adrift” album launch party

The Sam Leak Trio perform contemporary jazz with a gospel-tinged, folk-inspired, freedom and abandon. “Adrift” has been described as “compelling,” and “entirely gripping from beginning to end.”

Mon 12 November 2018


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 11 November 2018

Sat 10 November 2018

Fri 09 November 2018

Roller Trio

“Something fresh from Roller Trio…electronics is now part of the arsenal of the band and they get creative with it…on the anthem track Mad Dryad.” Julian Joseph BBC RADIO 3

” this third Roller album demonstrates moments of captivating dynamism and haunting beauty…such an innovative and iconoclastic band…” ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“New Devices” lives up to its name with the members of Roller Trio embracing technology to expand the group’s sound, and doing so imaginatively and intelligently.” THE JAZZMANN

Thu 08 November 2018

Blow the Fuse presents ARQ – Alison Rayner Quintet

ARQ: Winners of ‘Jazz Ensemble of the Year’ in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, composer and bass player Alison Rayner’s creative, contemporary quintet. ‘Inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic, possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality’ (the

Wed 07 November 2018

Riley Stone-Lonergan Quartet

Riley Stone-Lonergan Quartet Riley Stone-Lonergan – Tenor Rick Simpson – Piano Tim Thornton – Bass Will Glaser – Drums UK-based Irishman Riley Stone-Lonergan started working as a professional musician in…

Tue 06 November 2018

Mon 05 November 2018

Sun 04 November 2018

Stephan Crump’s Rhombal

Stephan Crump’s Rhombal quartet performs a body of original work devoted to his late brother Patrick.

Sat 03 November 2018


Calum Gourlay – Double Bass Martin Speake – Saxophone Hans Koller – Euphonium/Piano Dave Ingamells – Drums   Thelonious formed in 2015 to study and play the music of one…

Fri 02 November 2018

George Winstone Quartet

Modern original Jazz music from rising star alto saxophonist George Winstone. Featuring Tom Farmer (bass), Jamie Murray (drums), Jamie Horowitz (guitar).

Thu 01 November 2018

Wed 31 October 2018

Andre Canniere’s Darkening Blue

The Darkening Blue, led by American trumpeter and composer Andre Canniere, will perform new music inspired by selected works of UK based poets Malika Booker and Rebecca Lynch.

Tue 30 October 2018

Parallel Society

This quintet from Dublin has a refreshing new sound that combines various styles such as hip-hop, classical, electronica, north Indian classical, grunge and modern jazz with powerful improvisation.

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