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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.
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 15 Mar
Thu 20 Mar
Fri 21 Mar
Vortex City Sessions @ Bishopsgate
Sat 22 Mar
Bobby Wellins / Andrew Cleyndert / Paul Harrison / Clark Tracey
Sat 29 Mar
Thu 1 to Sat 3 May
Led Bib - 3 Night Residency