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Sat 20 December 2014

ICP Orchestra

A very special opportunity to see the legendary Instant Composers Pool aka ICP Orchestra playing music from their new album East of the Sun; the first not to feature its co-founder, the now retired Misha Mengelberg. “ICP seems to be…

Christmas Open Decks

 Day time party (2pm – 7pm) and night time soiree (10pm – 2am) with Miss Soxee and Richard Wilson. Admission: FREE http://bit.ly/1z4dHBl

Fri 19 December 2014

DJ Night Downstairs with High Pockets

DJ High Pockets (formerly known as Minimal Sound System) Genre: Electronica, Minimalist, Techno, Digital Orchestra… https://soundcloud.com/high_pockets

Arun Ghosh: Winter Rasa

ra•sa /ˈrʌsəː/ noun (Sanskrit) translate as ‘divine nectar’, flavour, sentiment, or emotion: regarded as one of the fundamental qualities of music, dance, and poetry. A celebration of the glorious essence of Winter, musically traversing folk routes from the Holy Land to Andalusia,…

Thu 18 December 2014

Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Tony Bianco, John Edwards

Evan Parker and Paul Dunmall (saxophones) perform with Tony Bianco (drums) and John Edwards on bass. Always a compelling combination when Paul joins Evan, Tony’s drumming and John’s bass will provide the springboard for them to launch into the stratosphere.…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Wed 17 December 2014

Kairos 4tet

Adam Waldmann reeds Ivo Neame piano Jon Scott drums Sam Lasserson bass “A beguiling mix of soulful jazz-folk songs and kinetic modern jazz.” ★★★★ Jazzwise Returning to The Vortex, MOBO award-winning Kairos 4tet (Best Jazz Act) will be performing music…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Tue 16 December 2014

Liam Noble Trio

Liam Noble’s long standing trio returns with music from their 5 star album “Brubeck” combined with compositions from Bud Powell. Their interactive and imaginative approach brings these timeless classics into the 21st century. With Dave Whitford (bass) and Dave Wickins…

Christmas Vegan Vortex

Join us for a yummy festive vegan vortex Christmas extravaganza…

Mon 15 December 2014

Hon: Huw V Williams/Laura Jurd/Alam Nathoo/Elliot Galvin/Pete Ibbetson

Hon is the exciting new project by double bassist and composer Huw V Williams. Huw’s original music is played by a phenomenol collective of London’s finest young improvisers featuring Laura Jurd on Trumpet, Alam Nathoo on Tenor Saxophone, Elliot Galvin…

Sun 14 December 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Kenny Wheeler Celebration – In aid of the Kenny Wheeler Prize

A celebration of the music of trumpeter Kenny Wheeler…

London Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Kenny Wheeler

Directed by Scott Stroman, the London Jazz Orchestra has been described as “as fine a band as you can find anywhere” (The Independent). Kenny Wheeler, who died in September, was one of the world’s most original and inspiring writers of modern…

Sat 13 December 2014

DJ Night Downstairs with Retro Dom 10pm

The vibe Reggae, Soul, Disco and more… Admission: FREE

Mari Wilson and Barb Jungr – A Woman to Woman Xmas

Take a break from the Christmas shopping, stuff that turkey and polish your baubles and beads, for an evening of festive fun in this yuletide treat with your two favourite fairies from the top of the tree. In this specially…

Fri 12 December 2014

DJ Night Downstairs with Siriusonic

Spinning House, Nu disco, World music, plus more… Admission: Free http://www.reverbnation.com/krzysztofkozber

Annie Whitehead World Music Workshop Band

An exciting blend of music from twenty horns, featuring jazz, African and Latin grooves, under the leadership of trombone virtuoso Annie Whitehead and supported by the phenomenal bass and drums of Jennifer Maidman and Mark Huggett. The Workshop is a…

Thu 11 December 2014

Pigfoot Play..Opera

Pigfoot established themselves as radical interpreters of classic New Orleans music with their acclaimed 2014 CD “21st Century Acid Trad”, recorded live at the Vortex. Now, with Pigfoot Play… they turn their attention to a different genre. Could be Pigfoot…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Wed 10 December 2014

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni

BOOK HERE FOR TICKETS FOR STANDING ROOM. NOW AVAILABLE, AS ALL SEATS SOLD. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/301719 We’re thrilled to present this rare London performance at the Vortex. Trumpeter Avishai Cohen – voted a Rising Star in the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll –…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Tue 09 December 2014

John Butcher / Guillaume Viltard / Eddie Prévost

Following the critical acclaim for drummer Eddie Prévost’s bold series of recorded concerts in 2011, join us for this unique monthly live series, revisiting the Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists recordings and discovering how the music has evolved. John Butcher tenor…

Mon 08 December 2014

Achim Kaufmann / Olie Brice

This concert features the improvising duo of pianist Achim Kaufmann and double bass player Olie Brice, and will be the final night of their UK tour. Berlin-based pianist Kaufmann is probably best known for his trio Kaufmann/Gratkowski/de Joode, an improvising unit which has…

Sun 07 December 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Saxoctopus & Alphabets

Alphabets Alphabets is a new trio comprising three exciting voices in UK and Irish improvised music, creating music inspired by language, vocalisation & landscapes. The group aims to reach states of stillness and repose as well as fast instinctive rhythmic…

Sat 06 December 2014

Oriole + John Crawford Trio (+ guests from Oriole)

The South American side of Oriole with John Crawford, Andres Tecino and bass player Andy Hamil a one-off night of Latin and Flamenco Jazz…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Fri 05 December 2014

Alan Skidmore & the Steve Melling Trio

A very special gig, tonight Alan Skidmore is joined by the Steve Melling Trio
Alan Skidmore, sax / Steve Melling, piano / Alec Dankworth, bass / Miles Levin, drums.

Thu 04 December 2014

9Bach

Atmospheric, evocative and emotional hybrid of the folk tradition and contemporary influences. Building on a deepened, almost ambient sound picture the songs transport you into the landscape and deep into the emotions that it evokes.

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Wed 03 December 2014

ARQ

Blow the Fuse present the Alison Rayner Quintet, aka ARQ. Winner of the Jazz Services Recording Subsidy Award for 2013, bass player and composer Alison Rayner leads this contemporary jazz quintet. Original compositions draw on a love for lyrical melodies, deep…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Tue 02 December 2014

Dead Neanderthals

Dead Neanderthals is a Dutch/UK based double sax & drums trio incorporating elements from jazz, grindcore, drone and noise culminating in a pummeling sound that has been described as Painkiller meets Brötzmann. This is the new wave of Dutch Heavy…

Mon 01 December 2014

Adrian Crowley

Bird on the Wire presents Adrian Crowley. For a man of such personal understatement, Adrian Crowley is an artist of considerable ambition – something he shares with the unique artists sometimes recalled when listening to his music; Scott Walker, Lou…

Sun 30 November 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Indigo Kid II feat Dan Messore, Gareth Lockrane, Calum Gourlay & Gethin Jones

This group is touring nationally supporting guitarist/composer Dan Messore‘s second release as bandleader of ‘Indigo Kid’. The line up glistens with new cohorts. A hefty crew carve fresh musical ground through the wistful signature of Messore’s compositions. Harnessing the beautiful…

Sat 29 November 2014

DJ Night with Dubratz

Dubratz Presents: Slauka, Ed West, Japu Selektah spinning Reggae, Steppas, Jungle and more.

Ian Shaw

“One of the UK’s most honest and musical jazz vocalists” The Guardian We welcome back one of Britain’s most inventive jazz vocalists. Ian Shaw‘s remarkable vocal range and style have seen him breathe new life into pop tunes and standards;…

Open Decks Downstairs

A simple concept strictly for vinyl lovers to play, talk and share music. Hosted by Soxee and steeley. Come, bring your vinyl and enjoy good times.

Fri 28 November 2014

DJ Night with Rico and Kozber

Expect Hard Roots. Yeah mon….

Don Weller Quartet

“Tenor saxophonist Don Weller was, and is, among the true originals of British jazz, with his cavernous sound and utterly unpredictable turn of phrase.” Dave Gelly, The Observer Don Weller is one of Britain’s leading saxophone players and has been…

Thu 27 November 2014

Kate Shortt with Shirley Smart and Maurizio Minardi

Cello night! Kate Shortt ‘Wonderful elastic face’ – Radio 5 Live ‘That was wicked!’ -Brighton Juice fm ‘A remarkable cellist’ – John Fordham The Guardian Regarded as a go-to cellist by many musicians including Penny Rimbaud, fado singer Claudia Aurora,…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Wed 26 November 2014

Dunajska Kapelye

Vortex favourites – Dunajska Kapelye are back with their unique blend of authentic Gypsy and Balkan folk, Hotclub jazz and standards. Led by Polish violin virtuoso Piotr Jordan with the amazing Zac Gvirtzman on accordion, clarinet and the Vortex Club’s…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Tue 25 November 2014

Dominic J Marshall Trio

“He brings together a great heritage of the past, but also something very fresh and new.” Jamie Cullum Sam Vicary, double bass / Sam Gardner, drums / Dominic J Marshall, piano/compositions Dominic J Marshall is a prodigious talent. Having won a scholarship to…

Mon 24 November 2014

Huw Warren: Trio Brasil

Award winning eclectic pianist Huw Warren celebrates his lifelong love of Brazilian music in all its diversity with this new groove-heavy trio featuring longtime collaborator and Perfect Houseplant Dudley Phillips. Music by Heremeto Pascoal, Guinga, Tom Jobim, Egberto Gismonti, Pixinguinha…

Sun 23 November 2014

Jazz Jam Session

Hosted by Hannes Riepler Continuing the long tradition of jazz jam sessions with musicians fine tuning their chops & maybe sparring a little too, the Vortex Jam Session offers the chance to see some truly extraordinary musicians play a relaxed,…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Loop Collective presents REC London: Replay/Remix

The last in a series of club nights in various venues curated by Loop Collective brings together an array of Berlin and London’s finest instrumentalists, performing music which will be remixed live as part of the show. Kronecker Beatsy, glitchy…

Yazz Ahmed: Family Hafla

Hafla: an Arabic word, meaning a friendly social gathering, a relaxed meeting of minds, over coffee and dates; a party; a concert.

Sat 22 November 2014

DJ Night Downstairs with Jimmy Nelson

Spinning “breaks, beats and bits and pieces…”

Led Bib

Following their UK tour and an electrifying 3 night residency at the Vortex in the Spring, Led Bib are back for their final London gig of the year, playing music from ‘The People In Your Neighbourhood’ (Cuneiform) – their ‘Best…

Quest Ensemble

Quest Ensemble, the contemporary London-based trio, perform original repertoire from their debut album Footfall. An interaction between three innovative players, Filipe Sousa, (piano), Tara Franks (cello), and Preetha Narayanan (violin), Quest Ensemble bring a unique take to the classical piano…

Late Sessions: Finn Peters Curates – Tiny Beast

Reeds player Finn Peters curates three late night sessions at the Vortex – catch them after the evening concerts. The Independent has described Finn’s music as “nothing like you have ever heard before” so expect the same from these shows.…

Fri 21 November 2014

DJ Night Downstairs with Ebbsen and DJ Lukas Kuhn

A night of funky grooves in the heart of Dalston.

Partisans

Partisans are coming…
“Restless, almost reckless energy… delirious listening… consistently thrilling.” – BBC Music Magazine

Late Sessions: Finn Peters Curates – Prescott

Reeds player Finn Peters curates three late night sessions at the Vortex – catch them after the evening concerts. The Independent has described Finn’s music as “nothing like you have ever heard before” so expect the same from these shows!…

Thu 20 November 2014

Evan Parker / Sten Sandell / John Edwards / Paul Lytton

Evan Parker’s monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. Tonight Parker is joined by Sten Sandell (piano), John Edwards (bass) and Paul Lytton (drums). ‘If you’ve ever been tempted by free improvisation, Parker is your gateway drug.’ Stewart…

Hannes Riepler

Guitarist Hannes Riepler has made his mark on the city’s vibrant jazz scene, not only for his outstanding, inventive guitar skill and freewheeling energy, but as an extraordinarily talented composer. Since moving to London from Austria via studies in Amsterdam…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Late Sessions: Finn Peters Curates – Jason Yarde’s The Blue Box Diaries

Reeds player Finn Peters curates three late night sessions at the Vortex – catch them after the evening concerts. The Independent has described Finn’s music as “nothing like you have ever heard before” so expect the same from these shows!…

Wed 19 November 2014

Emile Parisien Quartet + Alexander Hawkins

“It’s edgy music from an original who deserves a bigger stage” John Fordham
Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014

A Pop-Up Circus Soapbox

“A heartening impression of the quixotic, optimistic and generously shared energies of London’s young artistic community.” – John Fordham

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Tue 18 November 2014

Lafayette Gilchrist / Paul Dunmall / Mark Sanders

Pianist & composer Lafayette Gilchrist leads genre-defying band The New Volcanoes, while his solo work and trio Inside Out invite adventurous ears everywhere to enter his world. Tonight he’ll be playing with two of the UK’s most established improvisers; Paul…

Mon 17 November 2014

Tori Handsley Trio + Ollie Howell Quintet

Tori Handsley Trio Featured in Jazzwise Magazine’s ‘Who to Look out for in 2014′ Composer, arranger and performer, playing pedal, electric and Latin harps. Tori Handsley is renowned for her unique take on the harp. Her contemporary electric-harp led trio…

Chris Dowding + Sarah Woolfenden

Early session
Admission: Free Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014

Sun 16 November 2014

Jazz Jam Session

Hosted by Hannes Riepler Continuing the long tradition of jazz jam sessions with musicians fine tuning their chops & maybe sparring a little too, the Vortex Jam Session offers the chance to see some truly extraordinary musicians play a relaxed,…

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Mopomoso

For their EFG London Jazz Festival show Mopomoso have programmed four sets of intrepid music from the freer end of things. Martin Speake (sax) / Mark Sanders (drums, percussion)   Martins musical voice expresses a deep understanding of the history…

London Jazz Orchestra

Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014

Sat 15 November 2014

DJ Night with Retro Dom

Spinning Reggae, Soul, Disco… Admission is Free

Hyperactive Kid + Kit Downes & Lucy Railton’s Tricko Tareco + Starlight

A night of intrepid new music from Berlin and London. HYPERACTIVE KID Philipp Gropper – tenor saxophone / soprano saxophone Ronny Graupe – 7 string electric guitar Christian Lillinger – drums HYPERACTIVE KID is a band made up of three…

Fri 14 November 2014

DJ Night Downstairs with Junior Otamon

Everything From Spirituals toTropical Beats. Unsung heroes’s songs and much more. Otamon has been playing to night people in London, Glasgow and São Paulo. ‘Beats that make the soundtrack of my life and I hope that it works on you too’…

Bokani Dyer / Soweto Kinch / Neil Charles / Chris Williams SOLD OUT

”Dyer’s music has an emotional depth and lyricism that one imagines any newcomer wanting to embrace.” Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise

Thu 13 November 2014

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Wed 12 November 2014

Luke Abbott + Jack Wylie GiG NOW SOLD OUT

The slow-burning success of his 2010 album debut “Holkham Drones” was something of a dream induction into the world of professional music-making for Norfolk’s Luke Abbott. The electronic opus landed in Mojo’s Electronica Albums of 2010’ list, amongst wide-spread critical acclaim.…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Tue 11 November 2014

Evan Parker / John Edwards / Eddie Prévost

Following the critical acclaim for drummer Eddie Prévost’s bold series of recorded concerts in 2011, join us for this unique monthly live series, revisiting the Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists recordings and discovering how the music has evolved. Evan Parker tenor…

Mon 10 November 2014
Sun 09 November 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Byron Wallen with The Vortex Jazz Trio led by Barry Green

Join us for a night of swinging jazz led by “one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive” Jazzwise Magazine Raised in a musical environment, Byron Wallen started learning his first instrument, piano, at an early age. He then…

Sat 08 November 2014

Sound Of Yell

Sound of Yell, named after the body of water surrounding the Shetland isle, are a unique ensemble exploring the space where folk and jazz meet. The group is led by Stevie Jones (Arab Strap, Alasdair Roberts and Friends, El Hombre…

Fri 07 November 2014
Thu 06 November 2014

John Hegley

Poetry, comedy and live music, with consumate wordsmith John Hegley who tonight will be joined by a live band. ‘Comedy’s poet laureate” The Independent Local man John Hegley’s first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Wed 05 November 2014

Olcay Bayir

Arts Canteen presents Anatolian songbird Olcay Bayir, releasing her debut album Neva/Harmony on Riverboat Records in October. To celebrate the release, she will perform at The Vortex on Wednesday 5th November 2014 Or if you prefer, Arts Canteen Olcay Bayir’in…

Tots Tunes

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Tue 04 November 2014

John Renbourn & Wizz Jones SOLD OUT

Two of the greatest folk artists of our time on one stage! Luminary acoustic guitarist and songwriter John Renbourn is best known for his collaboration with Bert Jansch, and also enjoyed great success with folk/jazz fusion band Pentangle with whom…

Mon 03 November 2014

Blueblut + Sebastian Rochford & Pamelia Kurstin

A night of experimental sounds featuring two of the most exciting drummers around BLUEBLUT Pamelia Kurstin, theremin Mark Holub, drums Chris Janka, guitar A broken wind up children’s toy, driving drums, theremin and distorted guitar crash together in this fun,…

Sun 02 November 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The London Jazz Jam session is hosted every Sunday in the Vortex Downstairs Bar by guitarist Hannes Riepler and features his house band which varies from time to time.

Rachel Musson / Liam Noble / Mark Sanders & Broca Ensemble

Broca Ensemble Occupying the space somewhere between minimalism, classical and ambient, the Broca Ensemble play soundscapes for large guitar ensemble. Formed in South East London in 2010, the group has grown from an original four members to now having, on…

Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra

Mojo (moderately optimistic jazz orchestra) are an exciting 17 piece jazz big band based in north London, made up of great musicians from all over the capital. With a repertoire including laid back & up tempo swing, Latin and funk…

Sat 01 November 2014

DJ Night Downstairs with High Pockets

DJ High Pockets (formerly known as Minimal Sound System) https://www.facebook.com/highpocketsmusic

Bobby Wellins Quartet

We welcome back a genuine legend of British jazz, tonight playing with this group of musicians some of whom are well established, others new to the scene. Bobby Wellins, saxophone Liam Noble, piano Mark Lewandowski, bass Dave Wickins, drums Bobby…

Fri 31 October 2014

DJ Night Downstairs at the Vortex with Siriusonic

Siriusonic Night with Kozber and special guest

Kansas Smitty’s House Band

The Kansas Smitty’s House Band sprang from the need of a young, innovative group of jazz musicians to have a home in which to craft their collective sound. When Smitty’s eight members get together, they play with unmasked joy on…