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Sun 24 August 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Hannes Riepler / Martin Speake / Sam Lasserson / Dave Dyson

Hannes Riepler, known as the host of the London jazz jam session at the Vortex Downstairs, appears with this quartet with saxophonist Martin Speake (sax), Sam Lasserson (bass) and Dave Dyson (drums), playing original music.

Jazz Open Decks

Jazz Meetup Members bring their jazz records (vinyl or cd), play music and simply have a nice afternoon together. New members and interested people welcome! Cocktail happy hour from 4pm – 7pm

Sat 23 August 2014

DJ Night

Minimal Sound System playing Electronic Dub Funk

Day 3: Learn the most beautiful songs from Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Tutor: Gundula Gruen Who is it for? All ages –children below 13 must be accompanied by an adult Anybody who loves to sing – no previous knowledge necessary Mixed level, mixed vocal range – there are easier and more difficult…

Fri 22 August 2014

DJ Night

Dubratz & Slauka play Ska, Reggae, Dub

Thu 21 August 2014

Parker/Russell/Edwards

The Vortex welcomes Evan Parker for his monthly residency EVAN PARKER saxophone A major force in European improvising, Evan Parker has collaborated with everyone from Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley & Anthony Braxton, to Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt and Squarepusher. He…

Wed 20 August 2014

The London Klezmer Quartet

The wonderful London Klezmer Quartet are having a party to celebrate their new CD. Due out in September, their third album features the extraordinary voice of Indra Buraczewska, the band’s Australian bass player. Tonight hear her “vast, singular contralto” Sydney…

Tue 19 August 2014

Fete Quaqua NIGHT THREE

Three nights of cutting edge improvised music directed by guitarist and Mopomoso founder John Russell. Each night will begin and end with a short ensemble piece with all of the musicians, with a changing programme of smaller combinations throughout. Rest assured no…

Mon 18 August 2014

Fete Quaqua NIGHT TWO

Three nights of cutting edge improvised music directed by guitarist and Mopomoso founder John Russell. Each night will begin and end with a short ensemble piece with all of the musicians, with a changing programme of smaller combinations throughout. Rest assured no…

Sun 17 August 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Fete Quaqua NIGHT ONE

Three nights of cutting edge improvised music directed by guitarist and Mopomoso founder John Russell. Each night will begin and end with a short ensemble piece with all of the musicians, with a changing programme of smaller combinations throughout. Rest…

Sat 16 August 2014

DJ Night

Continuing the Vortex Outdoors party two local newcomers play a mix of ska, reggae, r’n’b and more DJs Jeisha and Awet

Vortex Outdoors

The Vortex moves outside into Gillett Square for a celebration of all things Summer. With live music during the day, moving into the Vortex for the evening until late. Pop next door to the Bradbury Street Party for games, contemporary & home…

Fri 15 August 2014

DJ Night

The Vortex Downstairs presents: Soxee and Steeley Sessions, Myhouse Yourhouse Playing soul and funk

Kefaya

We’re very excited to welcome this band back to The Vortex, with their fantastic energy and kaleidoscopic musical influences, every show they do is absolutely spellbinding. Kefaya is a musical collective founded by UK-based musicians, Giuliano Modarelli and Al MacSween.…

Thu 14 August 2014

Heidi Vogel

The Cinematic Orchestra vocalist, Heidi Vogel has worked with Isaac Hayes, F-ire Big Band, The Brand New Heavies, Cleveland Watkiss, Eska and others. Tonight performs material from her debut solo album, ‘Turn it Up’. “She’s got an extraordinary voice….an incredible range to…

Wed 13 August 2014

Mechanical Moon + Olivia’s Owls

Mechanical Moon Mechanical Moon present an eclectic song cycle based on poems by the great American poet Elizabeth Bishop, combining elements of jazz, folk and storytelling. This project, the first by singer-songwriter Erica Jarnes, aims to cross the boundaries between…

Tue 12 August 2014

Susanna + Matt Stevens

For her Vortex concert tonight Susanna plays with her trio: Susanna on vocals and piano Helge Sten (Supersilent/Deathprod) on guitar Fredrik Wallumrød (former Span, El Caco) on drums and vocals. Susanna is the Norwegian singer and founder of the duo…

Mon 11 August 2014

F-IRE Collective present Fumi Okiji / Ben Davis / Fred Thomas / Zac Gvirtzman + guests

Performing music from the forthcoming album “Living Standards”, this dynamic group, part of the innovative F-IRE Collective explores the edges of jazz territory, re-imagining the poetry of the standard, its rich colours and subtle tonalities. Drawing inspiration from Paul Motian’s seminal…

Week 2: Vocal Song Writing and Interpretation

Tutors:            Yvette Riby-Williams and Bruno Heinen Led by the world renowned ‘Boxettes’ singer Yvette Riby-Williams and critically acclaimed pianist and composer Bruno Heinen, this week will be a fun, friendly crash course in song writing, song interpretation and vocal technique.…

Sun 10 August 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Death Shanties + Dan Haywood + Joanne Robertson

A night of free jazz and folk out-sounds as Death Shanties launch their brand new LP “Crabs” out on Fuse records. DEATH SHANTIES Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema…

Sat 09 August 2014

DJ Night

Ska from Retro Dom

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain – the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain – the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen “a four star show built around her enthralling collection of songs by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.” The Times We’re delighted to welcome Barb Jungr back for…

Day 2: Saturday 9th August: Improvisation taster day

Tutors: Bruno Heinen & Kristian Borring In this fun crash course in improvisation we will be learning a few songs by ear written by the greats of jazz and blues. It is open to anyone aged 10 and up, and…

Fri 08 August 2014

DJ Night

Siriusonic night playing minimal tech, hip hop, breakbeat and jazz

Shirley Smart Trio

Shirley Smart Trio featuring Bruno Heinen on piano with special guests to be announced. Seriously jazzy Eastern-flavoured music! Shirley Smart After 10 years living in Jerusalem, Shirley Smart now lives in London, where she has quickly established herself on the jazz…

Thu 07 August 2014

Dreamtime

Over the years Dreamtime has existed in three different forms, a quintet, a sextet and a ten piece. This is the most recent incarnation of this long standing band. This group contains six members of the tentet. The music, as…

Wed 06 August 2014

Woven Entity

Woven Entity are a unique proposition. Built round the percussive talents of Patrick Dawes, Lascelle Gordon and Paul May (whose credits range from Groove Armada to Beth Orton to The Brand New Heavies to Alexander Hawkins), they offer a wholly…

Tue 05 August 2014

Bruno Heinen / Kristian Borring / Alex Davis / Pat Davey

Bruno Heinen, piano Kristian Borring, guitar Alex Davis, bass Pat Davey, drums Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary pianist, composer and bandleader. His recent endeavours include collaborations with Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, Byron Wallen and Christian Brewer. Bruno studied…

Mon 04 August 2014

Week 1: Introduction to Improvisation

Test Led by critically acclaimed pianist Bruno Heinen, and guitarist Kristian Borring, this course is aimed at musicians who would like to learn more about how to improvise  in a variety of styles including jazz, blues, soul and swing. We…

Sun 03 August 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Overground Collective & Madwort’s Menagerie

Madwort’s Menagerie After a momentary glimpse in a misfiring big band rehearsal, Tom Ward has been bugged by an overheard snippet of a weird quartet comprising bass clarinet, flute, trumpet and trombone. Transmogrifying some of his compositions for sax quartet,…

Day 1: Big & Small

Tutor: Tara Franks A cross-generational jam where together we devise a new piece of music from scratch using instruments you bring along, your voice and/or percussion. Come and have fun making music with musicians of all ages, experiences and abilities. Play and create…

Sat 02 August 2014

Dj Night

Awet plays ska, reggae and rock

Riepler / Speake / Thornton / Draper

This is a one-off meeting, featuring original music from each of the musicians, whose paths have crossed many times on the London scene, be it at Ronnie Scott’s or on the Vortex home base. Hannes Riepler guitar Martin Speake saxophone…

Fri 01 August 2014

DJ Night

Jimmy Nelson’s breaks and beats and bits & pieces. Although originally a deep/tech house DJ, Jimmy’s selection has long since matured to include blissful beats, nu-jazz, intelligent drum & bass and rare groove funk. Throw anything round and plastic at…

Maurizio Minardi

An electrifying quartet led by pianist/accordionist Maurizio Minardi with the stunning cello of Shirley Smart (from Vortex favourites Melange), Michele Montolli on double bass and Jason Reeve on drums. Weaving together jazz, folk and minimalist classical music – together with…

Thu 31 July 2014

Funmi Olawumi NIGHT TWO

Nigerian singer Funmi Olawumi, the leader and founder of the glorious Yoruba Women’s Choir, performs two very special intimate shows – her only London shows of 2014. Across the two nights Funmi premieres songs from her soon to be released…

Wed 30 July 2014

Funmi Olawumi NIGHT ONE

Nigerian singer Funmi Olawumi, the leader and founder of the glorious Yoruba Women’s Choir, performs two very special intimate shows – her only London shows of 2014. Across the two nights Funmi premieres songs from her soon to be released…

Tue 29 July 2014

Shiver + Matthew Bourne Synthesizer Show

Chris Sharkey’s Shiver Chris Sharkey is ‘one of the most exciting guitarists on the UK scene’ (Jazzwise) and has spent the last decade performing in some of the UK’s most cutting-edge yet accessible jazz/improvisation groups such as Acoustic Ladyland and…

Mon 28 July 2014

Elliot Galvin Trio + The Lydian Tree

The Chaos Collective present another genre-pushing evening of live music. The Elliot Galvin Trio was formed in 2012 and sees the meeting of three like- minded creatives. Exploring the possibilities of the traditional piano trio line-up with a sense of…

Sun 27 July 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Anton Hunter: Article 11

Commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival & never before performed in London, Article 11 is an hour-long suite for a specially put-together international 11-piece band, composed by guitarist Anton Hunter. Article 11 Anton Hunter – guitar Johnny Hunter – drums Eero…

London Jazz Meetup

A social mixer and vinyl jazz jam. This is a group for people who love jazz in all its varied forms: from swing to be-bop, acid jazz to jazz-rock. More here

Sat 26 July 2014

DJ Night

Slauka and Dubratz play dub, deep dubstep, bass, hip hop, jungle

Kit Downes & Tom Challenger: Wedding Music + Dan Nicholls

A very special opportunity to experience Wedding Music; the stunning collaboration between Tom Challenger (Saxophone) and Kit Downes (Church Organ). Plus the remarkable keyboard player Dan Nicholls plays a solo set. Kit Downes & Tom Challenger: Wedding Music Having both…

Fri 25 July 2014

DJ Night

Hard Roots with DJs Rico Casazza and Nicson playing deep house, funk & rare grooves.

Annie Whitehead’s World Music Workshop

Back for their annual Vortex Workshop. 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…

Thu 24 July 2014

Evan Parker / John Edwards / Steve Noble

Monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. Evan Parker A major force in European improvising, Parker has collaborated with everyone from Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley & Anthony Braxton, to Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt and Squarepusher. He is one…

Wed 23 July 2014

Trio Manouche

Trio Manouche are one of the UK’s leading gypsy swing ensembles, performing inspired re-worked classics of Django Reinhardt in addition to highly acclaimed original material penned by their band leader Simon Harris, bringing a unique and contemporary twist to this…

Tue 22 July 2014

What is Beauty

Mediorite and Poached Creatives present Art Exhibition ‘what is Beauty’ showcasing outsider art, film, poetry and painting from young people and adults who have experienced mental health issues and those simply value creative expression as an important part of their…

Mon 21 July 2014

Mopomoso presents Quaqua Anglo Austria NIGHT TWO

We present a two night festival of improvised music, linking up some of the most exiting British and Austrian improvisers around. Each night will have a different programme of smaller combinations plus a large group with everyone playing together. With thanks…

Sun 20 July 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Mopomoso presents Quaqua Anglo Austria NIGHT ONE

We present a two night festival of improvised music, linking up some of the most exiting British and Austrian improvisers around. Each night will have a different programme of smaller combinations plus a large group with everyone playing together. With thanks…

Sat 19 July 2014

Dance Nations Dalston

For the fifth year running, in partnership with the Barbican, we present a day of music and dance in Gillett Square and the Vortex. So grab your glad rags and dancing shoes or just relax and soak up the summer…

Dance Nations Dalston

For the fifth year running, head to Dalston’s hippest square for a packed day of live music and dance workshops. For all ages and abilities, this annual event unites some of east London’s finest talent to create a carnival spirit.…

Fri 18 July 2014

DJ Night

Electronic dub funk with Minimal Sound

Bitch ‘n’ Monk + Laura Moody

Bitch ‘n’ Monk ‘Beatboxing soprano’ & guitarist Heidi Heidelberg and experimental flute-player Mauricio Velasierra first met in a tent in Taunton, fought over melodies in Paris, and are now gaining an eclectic set of fans from Yoko Ono to Ray…

Thu 17 July 2014

David Thomas Broughton + Woodpigeon SOLD OUT

“Arguably the most staggering live musician in the country.” – SONNY BAKER, MOJO David Thomas Broughton occupies a contentious position, divides opinion, unsettles, is self-consciously clumsy, hilarious, beautiful but above all memorable. You’ve never seen anything like it before. Walls…

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 16 July 2014

Twelves

Twelves is a longstanding collaborative project based on the exploratory and the improvised. Twelves create a sound-world taking in elements of swing, odd-time signatures, free improv and alt-country in addition to traditional folk ballads. With a third album awaiting release,…

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 15 July 2014

Adriano Adewale

Adriano Adewale is a mesmerizing multi-dimensional percussionist who follows in the footsteps of fellow Brasilian Nana Vasconcelos. His Raizes ensemble features Kora player virtuoso Kadialy Kouyate and Marcelo Andrade on flutes and Rikki Thompson on bass. Universally enthusiastic reviews in…

Vegan Pop Up Restaurant

The Vortex Downstairs holds its second vegan popup night with a delicious three-course set meal for £15. Chef Emily Stephenson has previously worked at the Wild Food Café in Covent Garden Book early to avoid disappointment

Mon 14 July 2014

Audrey Lauro / Olie Brice / Mark Sanders plus Lauren Kinsella / Hannah Marshall / Nick Malcolm

Audrey Lauro, saxophone Olie Brice, double bass Mark Sanders, drums AUDREY LAURO Audrey Lauro is an alto saxophonist with a wealth of experience in the Belgian experimental music scene, having played with Marc Ribot, Veryan Weston, Peter Evans, Carlos Zingaro,…

Sun 13 July 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

The Kenny Wheeler Collective

The Kenny Wheeler Collective was recently formed to celebrate the great man’s music and consists of some of his closest musical colleagues performing compositions from Kenny’s vast repertoire. John Taylor piano Stan Sulzmann saxes John Parricelli guitar Chris Laurence double bass…

Guildhall Jazz Band

Emerging young stars, led by Scott Stroman, take the stage as the big-band flagship of the Guildhall’s renowned jazz programme round off their season with a special concert featuring compositions and arrangements by members of the band.  

Sat 12 July 2014

Ian Shaw

We welcome back one of Britain’s most inventive jazz vocalists. Shaw’s remarkable vocal range and mesmerising style has seen him breathe life into pop tunes and standards, reinventing even the most maudlin showtunes with sparkling wit. www.ianshaw.biz

Open Decks & DJ Night

2pm – 7pm Soxee and Steeley present Open Decks with birthday celebrations and an after party EP Sessions with Patrick Steele and Nick Fletcher Plus Josh Grooves, Joshua Allen and Alan Kenny Arscott 10pm – 2am Philippos & kosmiX play everything from house to…

Vox Voices

A drop-in vocal group on Saturday mornings. As much for the nervous as the vocally confident. Everyone welcome! It is an opportunity to get together, sing part harmony songs by ear, meet new people and sing in a friendly, welcoming group. Come…

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 11 July 2014

DJ Night

With Marvel, Philippos and kosimiX playing everything from house to world

Fini Bearman

‘Possesses something of the rhythmic freedom of Gretchen Parlato… What impresses most is the overall sweep of the album, which pulls you into a sound world all of its own.’ Peter Quinn, Jazzwise magazine London Jazz Singer of the Year…

Thu 10 July 2014

George Crowley + Rhythm Sticks

GEORGE CROWLEY ‘There are times on Paper Universe, George Crowley’s debut album, when the young saxophonist and composer sounds like he’s been sitting by the side of Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young. There are times when he flies out of…

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 09 July 2014

Penny Rimbaud’s L’Académie des Vanités

What was Penny Rimbaud’s ‘Last Amendment’, but is now ‘L’Académie des Vanités’, continue their quarterly residency with further adventures into the realms of words and music or, as Rimbaud puts it, ‘the poetry of jazz and the jazz of poetry’.…

Tue 08 July 2014

Dave Tucker / Alan Tomlinson / Rachel Musson / Jim Lebaigue + Veryan Weston

A double bill of improvised and experimental sounds, full of surprise, invention, subtlety & wit. Charm School: Alan Tomlinson – Trombones. Rachel Musson – Tenor Sax Dave Tucker – Double Bass Jim Lebaigue – Drums & Percussion Plus Veryan Weston…

Mon 07 July 2014
Sun 06 July 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Vocals at Vortex

Doors 7pm Music 7.30pm Open mic night hosted by Romy Summers and the Bob Stuckey Trio: Bob Stuckey (piano), Jerome Davies (bass), Cheryl Alleyne (drums) Doors and singing list open at 7pm, come down early if you’d like to sing.

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 05 July 2014

Jim Mullen’s Organ Trio

Following the release of the album ‘Catch My Drift’ on diving duck recordings, the Vortex welcomes back this magnificent trio. The album features melodic and Mullenised versions of standards and compositions by legendary jazz musicians such as Toots Thielemans. Having…

Fri 04 July 2014

Teotima

Due to popular demand we’ve added a second date. “Excellent release.” Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music “On first listen, this could well be album of the year!” Mike Chadwick, Jazz FM Teotima is a 16-piece jazz / afro-latin / soul ensemble…

Thu 03 July 2014

Teotima SOLD OUT

“Excellent release.” Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music “On first listen, this could well be album of the year!” Mike Chadwick, Jazz FM Teotima is a 16-piece jazz / afro-latin / soul ensemble from London. Guitarist-composer Greg Sanders started Teotima; taking the…

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 02 July 2014

Blow the Fuse present ARQ + Element

Tonight ARQ launch their brand new album  ‘August’, recorded live at the Vortex and released on Blow the Fuse Records. Led by bass player Alison Rayner they play melodic compositions with killer grooves, influences from American swing, funk and dance…

Tue 01 July 2014

Kjær3 + Forebrace

Kjær3 is Julie Kjær / John Edwards / Steve Noble Forebrace is Alex Ward / Roberto Sassi / Santiago Horro / Jem Doulton KJAER3 Danish saxophonist, Julie Kjær joins forces with the english powerhouse rhythm section of Steve Noble and…

Mon 30 June 2014

Paul Dunmall Quartet: Sunship Revisited

Paul Dunmall tenor saxophone Howard Cottle tenor saxophone Olie Brice bass, Tony Bianco drums John Coltrane’s album SUNSHIP, widely regarded as one of his greatest recordings, perhaps even more powerful than A LOVE SUPREME, is the inspiration for tonight’s concert.…

Sun 29 June 2014

Vortex Downstairs Bar Jazz Night

The band will feature: Joe Wright on sax Mick Coady on bass Lewis Wright on drums & Hannes Riepler guitar Plus guests sitting in.

Mike Hobart’s Urban Jazz Collective

Mike Hobart is an experienced and soulful saxophonist who has played with the likes of Esther Phillips and Maceo Parker. His first inspirations were the flowing freedoms of Miles Davis’ 1960s quintet and the soulful blues of Ray Charles, but…

Sat 28 June 2014

DJ Night

​DJ Night with ​Minimal Sound System ​(aka Giuseppe Salone​)​ playing electronic dub funk

Ian Shaw

We welcome back one of Britain’s most inventive jazz vocalists. Shaw’s remarkable vocal range and mesmerising style has seen him breathe life into pop tunes and standards, reinventing even the most maudlin showtunes with sparkling wit. www.ianshaw.biz    

Vox Voices

Come and join this relaxed, friendly choir where you can simply sing your heart out.  Learn folk songs from around the world, a cappella jazz arrangements and some original tunes. Everything learnt by ear.

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 27 June 2014

Vula Viel

In a change to our original programme we’re delighted to present Vula Viel  Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare, the language of the tribe in Upper West Ghana where Bex Burch lived and played music for 3 years…