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For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s)
This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
Yoga classes are available Tuesday mornings and Thursday lunchtimes. If you fancy taking time out to relax and revitalise during your day, why not come and try out a session?
Nothing is posted yet for Sun, 19 May !
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Intersect is a brand new event linking three of Dalston’s most interesting live music venues; an extended evening of adventurous music, taking place across Servant Jazz Quarters, The Vortex, Cafe OTO and The OTO Project Space.
Check out this interview with Cafe OTO, Servant Jazz Quarters and the Vortex at London Jazz News ...
ALEX WARD | ANGHARAD DAVIES | BLUE EYED HAWK | DAICHI YOSHIKAWA | DOLLYMAN | FUMI OKIJI | GUILLAUME VILTARD | HANNAH MARSHALL | ISNAJ DUI | JAMES DUNN | JENNIFER ALLUM | KLAVIKON | MATTHEW BOURNE | OLIE BRICE | OLIVER COATES | ORCHESTRA ELASTIQUE | ORE | PAUL ABBOTT | RACHEL MUSSON | ROSS LAMBERT | SEYMOUR WRIGHT | STROBES | TOM ROGERSON | WOVEN ENTITY | YONI SILVER | AND MORE...
DOLLYman is a joyfully anarchic avant-jazz/classical/pop collective. The five members are all composer/performers and their music takes in jazz leanings, wild and free improvisation, adventurous classical and delicately weird pop.
Time Out says: 'Fractious Mingus-informed punky jazz quartet offers broken themes full of menace and mischief. Possibly what Tom Waits' band might sound like after he's popped out for a smoke. (A) compellingly odd stew of sounds...'
And The Ritzy Cafe says 'If you like the Portico Quartet, you'll LOVE DOLLYman!
Originating from the celebrated Shunt Vaults, Orchestra Elastique are a diverse and ever-changing collective of musicians who represent almost as many nations as there are members. Their live performances are entirely improvised, building from wistful dreamy motifs to furious psychedelic explosions. Sonically spectacular and delightfully funky, OE adventure ecstatically around a global playground of sounds with impeccable style and stunning originality.
Bourne’s unique ability to create powerful imagery through an esoteric piano language along with spoken word samples earned him the Innovation Award at the BBC Radio Jazz Awards in 2002. He continued to develop this methodology, delivering intense and highly personal performances at an international level - many of these becoming the focus of Bourne’s PhD research, undertaken at the University of Leeds. During this period Bourne was the recipient of the IJFO (International Jazz Festivals Organisation) International Jazz Award in 2005, performing at key international festivals in mainland Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and the USA.
Bourne continues to be in constant demand as a pianist and analogue synthesist and has recorded and performed with Sam Hobbs, Franck Vigroux, Laurent Dehors, Marc Ducret, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Andrea Centazzo, Seaming To, Peter Wareham, Barre Phillips, Roger Turner, Paul Dunmall, Tony Bevan, Annette Peacock and Nostalgia 77.
Conjuring big beats and a vast array of sonic possibilities, Strobes unites the creative minds of two prodigious talents of the London music scene, Dan Nicholls (keyboards/electronics) and Dave Smith (drums/electronics). Flickering effortlessly between electro-improv, Afrocentric grooves and distinctively original hooks.
BLUE EYED HAWK
Taking its name from a line in W.B. Yeats's poem Under the Moon, Blue-Eyed Hawk is a co-operative quartet that brings a wide open improv sensibility to its melodic and richly textured original material. The band formed in 2011 and creates highly charged and emotive music that takes in rock, jazz, minimalist and electronic soundworlds.
Lauren Kinsella - Voice
Laura Jurd - Trumpet
Alex Roth - Guitar, Effects
Corrie Dick - Drums
"So Brilliant. Everyone in the room was spellbound."
Georgia Mann, BBC Radio 3
FUMI OKIJI & OLIE BRICE
Vocalist Fumi Okiji and bass player Olie Brice explore the area where traditional jazz meets improvisation.
SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS
10A BRADBURY STREET
18-22 ASHWIN STREET
11 GILLETT SQUARE
Directed by Scott Stroman, the London Jazz Orchestra is "as fine a band as you can find anywhere" (Independent) and these up-close-and-personal sessions showcase great writing and soloing from a band that includes many of London's top musicians, as well as new talents.
Rom Schaerer Eberle
Andreas Schaerer (voice), Martin Eberle (trumpet), Peter Rom (guitar)
A first time for this group at the Vortex, we're very excited to present one of the most unusual and inventive vocalists around.
This is an unique trio, something of an anomaly in the world of jazz: voice, guitar and trumpet. But the compositions of these three musicians are full of wit and imagination - swing, African music, blues and hip-hop can be identified but their instrumentation gives them a sound of their own. It is a furious co-operation: Schaerer is a vocalist of the first degree and a highly energetic performer, Eberle and Rom are his congenial companions, at times lyrical and virtuosic and at times percussive and explosive.
Tom Rogerson plays keyboards in Three Trapped Tigers and also performs solo mostly concentrating on free improvisation at the piano. He currently hosts a monthly night called Proof Positive which focuses on electronic improvisation.
This the London album launch show, celebrating the release of debut album, Opabinia, on the Babel label.
This quartet was started by Lash to play his original compositions, which move from intense free jazz to intricate compositions and hushed ballads – drawing inspiration in the process from musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, William Parker and much more.
Dominic Lash - bass
Alexander Hawkins - piano
Javier Carmona - drums
Ricardo Tejero - reeds
'The Music Of Jaco Pastorius'
Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble play a concert of Jaco's big band music. Featuring music from the hugely influential 1981 'Word Of Mouth' album and big band versions of material from Jaco's 1976 debut album this promises to be an exciting and explosive night.
Blow the Fuse VorteXmas party with special guest — London blues legend Carol Grimes.
Dorian Ford - piano, Deirdre Cartwright - guitar, Alison Rayner - bass, Winston Clifford - drums.
Carol Grimes, singer, songwriter, poet, storyteller. An evening to remember as we celebrate the darkest month with the warmth and brightness of music and stories. With a wonderful range of material and her regular accompanist Dorian Ford. Carol Grimes' caustic wit and quirky observations about life and art in a set of songs that blend jazz, soul and blues.
We will be showing a short film "Being for the benefit of Carol Grimes" in the first set which feature performances by Ian Shaw, Sarah Jane Morris, Annie Whitehead, Jennifer Maidman, Steve Lodder, LakaD, Mark Jennet and all the live band from a gig at Chats Palace in 2008.
"Magnificent and life-affirmative" Michael Kemp
"Don't Go to Strangers — with a heart-stopping piano accompaniment by Dorian Ford"
Film 8.45pm | Live Music 9.45pm
Show Six - A Christmas Party with The Wave Pictures
Occupation Show 6 at the Vortex Club will be over two nights on the 12th and 13th December. Darren will be playing sets with The Wave Pictures.
It’s a long time ago now but when the Wave Pictures first moved to London back in 2006 for a short while there were the original Secondary Modern. Darren took them to Spain with him and they also did a few UK shows. Since then they have collaborated regularly, playing on each others records and Darren directing Wave Pictures videos.
In 2011 they made a single together ‘Who Hung the Monkey’, part of the January Songs project.
To make the show extra special we are going to try and organise a secret santa event. Every ticket holder should try and bring a £5 ish present and all of the presents will be swapped and distributed throughout the night.
-- THE SETS ON BOTH NIGHTS WILL BE LARGELY SIMILAR --
Nigerian funk/jazz alto saxophonist Ben Audu makes his UK club debut at the head of a terrific 9-piece band from Lagos, Nigeria.
Ben Audu takes Fela Kuti’s relentless African swing and Maceo Parker’s punchy groves and creates something new and uplifting. The music is driven by the infectious afrobeat grooves; a combination of traditional, Yoruba, jazz, highlife, funk and chanted vocals fused with percussion and laced with intricate jazz solos.
Produced by Joyful Noise
Since its inception some years ago Mopomoso’s end of year improvisorama has become a focal point for musicians to come and play in a series of short sets; to meet old friends and to make new ones. Certainly ‘the best party in town’ where audiences get a chance to experience a wide range of music in a less formal setting than our regular concert series. We usually end up with about 50 different musicians taking part and the list of participants changes right up to the date so please keep an eye on the website. Everyone is invited to bring some food to share!
So far confirmed are Ross Lambert, Steve Beresford, Kay Grant, Charlie Collins, Andrea Caputo, Beatrix Ward-Fernandez, Rachel Musson, Daniel Thompson, Richard Sanderson, Benedict Taylor, Dave Tucker, Maggie Nicols, Matt Hutchinson, Emmanuel Lorien, Satoko Fukuda, Daniel James Ross, Harry Gilonis, Julie Kjaer, Anthony Donovan, Portia Winters, Rick Jensen, Viv Corringham, Matt Chilton, Raymond MacDonald, Matt Scott. Paul Morris, Eun-Jung Kim, Seth Bennet, John Garcia Rueda, Paul Jolly, Alice Eldridge, Jez Parfett, Henry Lowther, Noel Taylor, Olie Brice and John Russell.
"One of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today" (Village Voice, New York)
Join us for a Christmas celebration with a Vortex favourite. Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Records and Naim Label, and "revelatory" live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world. She's performed in Australia, the USA and all over the UK, in 2013 took the Adelaide Cabaret Festival by storm and has been featured on Start The Week, Saturday Live, A Good Read on BBC Radio 4, Radio London and BBC Radio 2, and appeared on BBC4 TV's Life and Pain of the Jazz Divas. With a catalogue of highly acclaimed albums on Linn Records, Naim Label and Naim Jazz, Keda, Irregular and ABC Australia, Jungr is accompanied by her long standing collaborator, pianist, composer and arranger Simon Wallace.
"One of the best nightclub singers in the world" Time Out New York
"A fearless iconoclast who dives into the deepest waters of popular song to wrest exotic treasure from the ocean floor" (The New York Times)
Ivo Neame has recorded and performed with many great musicians and bands in the UK and abroad, including Hermeto Pascoal, the Cinematic Orchestra, Phronesis and Marius Neset to name a few. The Ivo Neame Quintet features some of the most unique and creative musicians working in the UK. Their ability to improvise with subtlety and reckless abandon in equal measure results in music that is fresh, uncompromising and brimming with energy.
Ivo Neame (piano), Jim Hart (vibes), Jasper Hoiby (bass), Tori Freestone (sax/flute), Dave Hamblett (drums)
"Makes Herbie Hancock's “the Prisoner” sound like “the Pensioner" - Iain Ballamy on Yatra
Ivo Neame is a distinctive jazz musician in that he is equally at home on saxophone and piano. This double life has seen him make notable contributions to some of the finest jazz groups in the vanguard of the dynamic UK jazz scene. The Ivo Neame Quintet has performed to enthusiastic audiences up and down the country and beyond, serving the general public with their unique style of original music. Ivo's music is a living, breathing contradiction - complex yet accesible, considered yet spontaneous, traditional yet forward-thinking.
Ivo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he grappled with the hothouse music environment with varying degrees of success. Since leaving the Academy in 2003 he has reconnected more deeply with music, and has gone on to perform and record with highly esteemed musicians at home and abroad such as David Binney, Kenny Wheeler and Hermeto Pascoal.
As a bandleader he has recorded three critically acclaimed albums and has toured in the UK and abroad with the Ivo Neame Quintet. His Edition Records release 'Caught in the Light of Day' was rated the 4th best jazz album of 2010 by MOJO magazine and received 4 star reviews from the Guardian and the Irish Times among others.
Ivo's most recent album 'Yatra' was released in September 2012 to universal critical acclaim. From Jazzwise magazine: 'a virtuosic artistry at play that lifts this album to heights that compare favourably with what Django Bates had achieved at an equivalent stage of his career. It's that good.'
Recently he has been lucky enough to receive various awards including a MOBO for best jazz act (Kairos Quartet), Album of the year 2010 in both Jazzwise and MOJO magazines (Phronesis) and winner of the Jazz category for the London Awards for Art and Performance 2012. He was also nominated for UK jazz instrumentalist of the year at the 2012 Jazz FM annual awards.
Originally from Cornwall, Jim Hart began playing drums and piano at age four and soon furthered this to include tuned and orchestral percussion.
A founder member of London's LOOP collective he is one of the most in demand musicians on the British scene as a soloist and and as a sideman on both drums and vibes. He has toured extensively with many visiting American musicians in the last few years including Ralph Alessi, Joel Frahm, Jaleel Shaw, Terrel Stafford, Logan Richardson and Richie Barshay and he was recently a special guest with Wynton Marsalis.
Jim has been nominated for Musician of the year in the 2011 Parlimentary jazz awards. A British Jazz award winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008 he also received the Worshipful Company of musicians Bronze medal in 2006. He was also selected to be a participant of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation Take Five Initiative in 2009.
"One of the UK's most creative new jazz artists" - The Guardian
Copenhagen-born, London-based, bassist Jasper Høiby created Phronesis in 2005, following his graduation from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Phronesis were nominated for 'Best Jazz Ensemble' in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in April, featured on the front cover of Jazzwise Magazine in August, and nominated for 'Best Jazz Act' at the prestigious 2010 MOBO Awards.
Their third album 'Alive' (Edition Records), was released in July 2010 to great critical acclaim and chosen as 'Jazz Album of the Year' by Jazzwise and MOJO Magazines. Høiby has performed and recorded with a number of high profile projects including; Django Bates, Mark Lockheart, Julian Joseph, Marius Neset and Kairos 4tet to name but a few.
Tori Freestone attended the Leeds College Undergraduate and Guildhall Postgraduate jazz courses and was regional finalist of Young Jazz Musician of the Year in '96. She has played with a variety of groups including NYJO, Andy Sheppard,Lee Hazlewood, the Creative Jazz Orchestra, Fringe Magnetic, Orquesta La Timbala, and Neil Yates as well as co-leading the quartet 'Compassionate Dictatorship' and her own trio, with performances including Glastonbury, the Big Chill, the Royal Festival Hall main stage, Ronnie Scotts, the London, Cork, Brecon, Jersey, Manchester, Haskovo (Bulgaria) Elb (Germany), Brecon and Cheltenham Jazz Festivals and performances/recordings for the 'Loop' and FMR labels as well as for Jazz on 3 and BBC Radio 2.
"Freestone makes for a very impressive listen…robust tenor work" Jazzwise
Since moving to London in 2006 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, Dave Hamblett has been building a reputation as one of the most in demand contemporary jazz drummers in London. On graduating from RAM last year, David was awarded a Yamaha scholarship for outstanding jazz musicians, and was recently nominated as a finalist for the worshipful company of musicians award. As a sideman David has worked with Ivo Neame, the F-IRE collective large ensemble, Abram Wilson Quartet, Nick Smart's "Jazz Matanzas", Elizabeth Shepherd amongst others and has performed throughout the UK and Europe.
As a bandleader and composer Dave has received airplay on Jazz FM and a feature in Jazzwise magazine, and has just recorded his debut album.
Christmas has gone missing. It’s disappeared! A highly skilled crack team of musicians, actors and artists is assembled to recover the lost festive period and inadvertently creates a metaphysical nativity play. Along the way on their adventure the team encounters members of Clout Theatre Company, the Pop-Up Circus Xmas Big Band and the spirit of baby Jesus in an inanimate object.
X Marks the Spot includes: an animated set created in real time by Pop-Up Circus artists; sketches written by Chris O'Shea and Joe Murgatroyd; and a soundtrack featuring the Pop-Up Circus Xmas Big Band and fantastic improvising musicians Mark Sanders (drums), Lauren Kinsella (voice), Elliot Galvin (piano), Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Raph Clarkson (trombone), Tom McCredie (double bass) and Simon Roth (drums).
Thu, 19 - Fri, 20 Dec
Alex Von Schlippenbach's Trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens brings together three of the godfathers of European free jazz. They've incredibly maintained momentum, integrity and a staggering level of consistency in over 40 years of playing together.
Alex von Schlippenbach (piano); Evan Parker (saxophones) and Paul Lovens (drums).
"For long stretches, the band sounded as exhilaratingly swinging and melodic as a conventional postbop group, without directly quoting from any of that style's material. Thelonious Monk would have loved it." John Fordham, The Guardian
The Drumtastic are groove driven nine-piece from Lagos, Nigeria lead by Ayanwale Ogungbe, the talking drummer of choice for King Sunny Ade, Queen Salawa Abeni, Funmi Olawumi and The Yoruba Women's Choir.
In the Drumtastic's world rhythms and grooves reign supreme as they combine funk, Afrobeat, hi-life & juju to create something new and uplifting. With the likes of Taiye Ajiboye, Yomi Bashir, Toye Julius and Matthew Oghenekaro in the line up, expect to not stay still for long.
Sara Mitra is a jazz singer, songwriter and bandleader. A favourite with critics and audiences alike, tonight's set will be filled with swinging songs of sparkling seasonal cheer, plus the occasional murder-ballad. Featuring original songs and interpretations of winter classics, from "Baby It's Cold Outside" to Joni Mitchell's "River", this evening will be a delightful start to your holiday festivities.
Band line-up includes Ross Stanley - piano and organ, Rob Updegraff - guitar, George Crowley - saxophones, Fulvio Sigurta - trumpet, Tim Giles - drums and Riaan Vosloo - bass.
There will also be an instrumental support set led by Tim Giles.
"Wisely wry…a refreshing mix of the real and romantic." Jazzwise Magazine
"Her skill as a songwriter and honesty as a performer shine through on April Song." Mercury Prize Recommends
"Especially talented" The Daily Telegraph
"Fresh sounding and free from cliche… Sara is left to her own special devices and nails a good melody everytime." Blues and Soul Magazine
"When I heard the album, I immediately became a fan of her voice… Absolutely brilliant." Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
Violinist Piotr Jordan and Dunajska Kapelye lead an all-star Gypsy Jazz band to celebrate Christmas with passion and style.
Dancing is most likely and the inevitable Free Raffle for our loyal Gypsy Night regulars. Brought to you by the FreeRaffleNight sisterhood and the Dalston Hermit Collective.
Join Estelle Kokot on piano and voice, previewing songs from the ICOJA Songbook (Jan Pulsford and Chico Freeman). Included in tonight's performance will be a selection of Estelle's originals and arrangements of her favourite standards.
"An excellent arranger of her own and other peoples’ material. If you want to hear a genuine innovator with a creative twist on Jazz vocals include Estelle Kokot." The Guardian
"Find out where she’s performing next and catch a plane." Jazzeye, South Africa
"Her rendition of Monk’s classic 'Round Midnight' was something else to hear, an incredible and masterful improvisation of the piece like I’ve never heard before. I was completely blown away." All Jazz Radio, South Africa
"Regulars at the Vortex will no doubt be familiar with the compellingly dramatic live work of Estelle Kokot." Chris Parker UK
"With considerable wit and intelligence, Kokot ousts the singer and colonises the songs." Business Day, South Africa
"Kokot is an original storyteller" The Sunday Times, South Africa
London born South African singer, songwriter, pianist, Estelle Kokot is currently working on a new album playing and singing the compositions of Chico Freeman and Jan Pulsford. Jan and Chico will be producing and the full line-up/recording dates will be announced in 2014. Read more about this exciting project at http://thesoundofyou.blogspot.co.uk/
Welcoming glass of champagne and a three-course meal
Unreserved seating for the concert + a complementary glass of champagne
Join us for a very special New Year's Eve celebration with one of Britain's most inventive jazz vocalists. Ian Shaw's remarkable vocal range has seen him breathe life into pop tunes and standards, reinventing even the most maudlin showtunes with his sparkling wit.
Your ticket (£80) includes a welcoming glass of champagne and a three-course meal prepared by our chefs. We also have limited champagne tickets (£40) available (unreserved seating for the concert + a complementary glass of champagne).
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"A masterly vocalist… one of the finest singers in contemporary music interprets some of the greatest songs of the last 50 years" Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz
Early booking advised as tickets are strictly limited.
Jean Toussaint - saxophones
Scott Stroman - vocals
Jason Rebello - piano
Alec Dankworth - bass
Paul Clarvis - drums
and special guest vocalist Emily Wolf
The Exiles return to the Vortex where they sold out their last couple of shows.
"Exiled" London-based Americans Jean Toussaint and Scott Stroman join with a stellar UK rhythm section, including pianist Jason Rebello, "exiled" from the London jazz scene with Sting, Jeff Beck, Madeline Peyreux, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins... and singer Emily Wolf (Stroman's daughter), now "exiled" in New York City. Expect new songs and standards with great soloing and lots of energy from a truly stellar outfit.
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The Vortex Jazz Club
Live Jazz Award winner in the
2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Sat, 7 Dec
A brand new event linking three of Dalston’s most interesting live music venues; Servant Jazz Quarters, The Vortex, Cafe OTO and The OTO Project Space.
Mon, 16 Dec
Thu, 19 & Fri, 20 Dec
Tue 31 Dec
New Year's Eve
Thu 1 to Sat 3 May
Led Bib - 3 Night Residency