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Created and led by Tara Franks
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?
Show Three – Piano Ballads with Trumpets & Trombones
"The third Occupation show is themed around piano ballads. The majority of the songs will be taken my album The Ship's Piano but I will also be visiting other softer moments from my back catalogue, including some rarely played Hefner songs.
I will be accompanied by a small Jazz combo including Steve Pretty on trumpet.
My desire to do these Vortex shows came out of my love of the more esoteric regions of jazz and a longing to experiment and stretch out on stage. With that in mind I am delighted to announce that the support for this show comes from Gail Brand and Mark Sanders.
Gail and Mark play free improv music on trombone and drums. A beautiful, courageous sound which I hope will come to mean even a fraction to you as it does to me.
I hope also to collaborate with Gail and Mark on a new piece on the night.
I hope you can come."
Darren Hayman's Occupation is a series of shows on the second Thursday of the month at The Vortex, Dalston. There will be a mix of sets showcasing different albums, themes and special guests. This is not your standard indie gig:
"I love gigs. I hate gigs.
I want to play live and I love what shows can be, but I’ve found myself frequently stifled by the limitations of my career. I can’t play the plush, seated venues and I can’t experiment with a string section or play 20 minute opuses.
My music was born in the sticky floored rock venue. I like the sticky floored rock venue but I have had a hankering for something different recently. My own taste has veered towards free improv and jazz and although it’s hard to imagine that music influencing my own I do love the culture of live music in this genre.
Long sets, sometimes two, comfortable venues and a reverence and respect for the event and the moment; less talking, less cameras, more dynamics, less microphones.
I wondered if these would let an indie rock interloper amongst their ranks. My show at the Vortex back in last November was successful enough to make me think of playing a monthly residency there.
The idea is that each show is themed. I don’t want to go the whole predictable route of playing complete albums, but rather group, types of songs together for different evenings. Experiment, sometimes play two sets, sometimes have unlikely guests. I will be playing with members of my bands from through out my career as well as old friends like the Wave Pictures and Allo Darlin.
The Vortex is a beautiful venue. I’m trying to do something different; something, smaller, prettier. I hope you can come."
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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