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Wed 18 November 2020

Vortex discussion 31 – Saxophone Massive

In 2006, as the opening event of the London Jazz Festival, we celebrated the opening of Gillett Square with our Saxophone Massive event – 200 saxophonists event. In this week’s…

Tue 17 November 2020

Wed 11 November 2020

Wed 04 November 2020

Sat 31 October 2020

Rachael Cohen Trio

Line-up: Rachael Cohen – Alto Sax Joe Downard – Bass Jason Brown – Drums Rachael Cohen presents her international Trio featuring Joe Downard on double Bass and New York drummer…

Improv Nights

“IMPROV NIGHTS” is a regular event at The Vortex Jazz Club – Downstairs curated by London-based drummer and percussionist Stefano Ancora.

Fri 30 October 2020

Warmer Than Blood

A new trio from critically acclaimed composer and guitarist Chris Montague (Troyka, Squarepusher) bringing pianist and ECM recording artist, Kit Downes and renowned electric bassist, Ruth Goller (acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Let Spin).

Wed 28 October 2020

Vortex discussion 28 – How do we judge quality?

We are seeing great music and performances appear online – either via Youtube or other videos – or streaming with the likes of Soundcloud, Bandcamp and Spotify 🙁 So how…

Sat 24 October 2020

Fini Bearman – La Loba

Singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Fini Bearman’s brand new album, La Loba (out 9th October), has already received glowing praise, including 4 ****’s and ‘Editors Choice’ from Jazzwise – ‘La Loba marks…

Fri 23 October 2020

Ant Law Trio

Line-up: Ant Law – Guitar James Maddren – drums Tom Farmer – bass Join us this Friday to watch British guitarist Ant Law play original music from the Vortex. Featuring…

Thu 22 October 2020

Words and Art

This month’s Words and Art, curated by Nicki Heinen and once again with live art from Aurelie Freoua is once again broadcast live on Zoom. Sasha Dugdale Sasha Dugdale has…

Wed 21 October 2020

Vortex discussion 27- Keeping up morale

This week’s discussion is about keeping up morale! With the outlook increasingly uncertain for a proper return to live music and social interaction, and money increasingly stretched for many, we…

Sat 17 October 2020

John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits Trio

The Blue Spirits Trio John is leading tonight is a classic guitar-led jazz organ trio and showcases the bluesier side of John’s musical repertoire. With Pete Whittaker on organ, a superb accompanist as well as soloist and in demand drummer George Double.

Improvisation Nights

“IMPROV NIGHTS” is a regular event at The Vortex Jazz Club – Downstairs curated by London-based drummer and percussionist Stefano Ancora. LIVE DUO and TRIO sets of improvised music, with…

Fri 16 October 2020

Songs of Innocence

Line-up: Nikolaj Torp Larsen – piano Tom Herbert – bass Corrie Dick – drums Blessing the Vortex for the very first time are the casually ferocious trio of Nikolaj Torp…

Wed 14 October 2020

Sun 11 October 2020

Sat 10 October 2020

Tony Kofi’s Sphinx Trio

Line-up: Tony Kofi – Alto saxophone Larry Bartley – Double bass Rod Youngs – Drums Together they perform the music of one of jazz’s most distinctive original voices in a…

Fri 09 October 2020

Calum Gourlay’s Obvious Trio

Line-up: Calum Gourlay – bass Helena Kay – tenor sax James Maddren – drums A special first time trio gig with Calum’s long time collaborators Helena Kay and James Maddren.…

Wed 07 October 2020

Vortex discussion 25. Livestreaming. Necessary? Evil?

Livestreaming has started at the Vortex. Should it be developed for the long term or be just a temporary until things ‘get back to normal’?

Sat 03 October 2020

Emre / Idris / Liran

Line-up: Liran Donin – Bass Idris Rahman – Saxophone Emre Ramazangolu – Drums Idris Rahman and Emre Ramazangolu are the founder members of Ill Considered along side Liran Donin (Ledbib, 1000Boats) creating freely improvised music, based loosely…

Fri 02 October 2020

Nikki Yeoh – Solo Gemini

SOLD OUT Line-up: Nikki Yeoh – Solo piano concert Since her emergence on the British jazz scene in the mid 90s pianist Nikki Yeoh has proved to be an improviser,…

Wed 30 September 2020

Vortex discussion 24 – where and how can we hear the music now?

Discussing ways that we may be able to find more opportunities for musicians to play and audiences to experience the music.

Sat 26 September 2020

Ivo Neame Trio

Line-up: Ivo Neame – piano Tom Farmer – bass James Maddren – drums Over the last ten years, Ivo Neame has led ensembles that have performed all over Europe at…

Fri 25 September 2020

Trish Clowes trio

Line-up: Trish Clowes – saxophone Chris Montague – guitar Ross Stanley – organ Trish Clowes is joined by her friends Chris Montague and Ross Stanley for a special night of…

Wed 23 September 2020

Sat 19 September 2020

Shirley Smart trio

Trailblazing cellist Shirley Smart is recognized as one of the UKs most versatile and creative string players. Her acclaimed album ‘Long Story Short’ showcases the vast array of her musical…

Fri 18 September 2020

Brigitte Beraha / Barry Green

Line-up: Brigitte Beraha – voice Barry Green – piano More info coming soon… Instructions for audience members – please read Welcome back to the Vortex. Please note that we’ve implemented the…

Wed 16 September 2020

Sat 12 September 2020

Alina Bzhezhinska Trio

Line-up: Alina Bzhezhinska – harp Tony Kofi – saxophones Julie Walkington – double bass Internationally renowned harpist ALINA BZHEZHINSKA, award-winning jazz saxophonist TONY KOFI and world class bassist JULIE WALKINGTON…

Fri 11 September 2020

Tom Cawley Trio

Line-up: Tom Cawley – piano Sam Burgess – bass Chris Higginbottom – drums Acclaimed pianist and composer Tom Cawley presents original tunes and idiosyncratic interpretations of jazz standards. With long-time…

Wed 09 September 2020

Wed 02 September 2020

Vortex discussion 20: Jazz – beyond the music

What jazz musicians can achieve need not be solely linked to more intense realisation of the music and links with other genres, as perhaps has been the main instance over…

Tue 01 September 2020

Rick Simpson – Livestreamed Marathon

DONATE AND HELP US KEEP BRINGING MORE LIVE STREAMS!  To mark the end of the crowdfunder, the incredible @ricksimpsonjazz will be playing from home for 6 hours straight to help raise…

Mon 31 August 2020

Gilad Hekselman – Replay

For our final replay in this series, tune in on the 31st of August for a dive back into a live performance from one of the world’s most exciting guitarists, Gilad Hekselman. This performance was recorded back in October 2019, with Rick Rosato (bass) and Jonathan Pinson (drums). If you can please donate and keep supporting the club and these amazing musicians. This concert also marks the penultimate day of our crowdfunder, so thank you to everyone who has kept us going through these difficult times.

Thu 27 August 2020

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Wed 19 August 2020

Sun 02 August 2020

Sat 01 August 2020

Thu 30 July 2020

Wed 29 July 2020

Thu 23 July 2020

Wed 22 July 2020

Mon 20 July 2020

Sun 19 July 2020


Second edition of our new monthly webcast featuring free improvisation in all its many forms.

Sat 18 July 2020

Ben Wendel ‘Seasons’ – Vortex Replay

Replay one of the most exciting gigs from 2019 with the Ben Wendel Seasons band. Featuring the talents of Aaron Parks (piano), Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Matt Brewer (bass) and Kendrick Scott (drums), the Seasons band played to two sold out audiences back in July last year. Watch back live on the 18th July, almost a year since, from 20:30 BST on Facebook and YouTube.

Thu 16 July 2020

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