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Big Band

The big band is the creme de la creme of jazz.

Mon 15 January 2018

Calum Gourlay Big Band

Bassist Calum Gourlay’s big band celebrates its first year of regular gigs at the Vortex. He brings stunning arrangements and a stellar band from a pool including the likes of […]

Sun 07 January 2018

John Bennett Band

The big band is the Rolls Royce of jazz. Once heard, immediately a convert! So it’s great to have John Bennett’s Band with us again  – a stalwart of the old […]

Wed 27 September 2017

Mon 25 September 2017

Sun 25 June 2017

Morley College Big Band

Many of our best jazz musicians have passed through this big band over the years, run on Saturday mornings at the hallowed Morley College. Now directed by Loose Tubes alumnus, […]

Mon 19 June 2017


A new monthly residency for a big band initiated by bassist Calum Gourlay, known for his great work with Thelonious, an award-winning solo album, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and more. […]

Sun 28 May 2017

The John Bennett Band

John Bennett and his 14-piece band bring their cosmic, funk-infused sound garden to the Vortex once more for a wonderful afternoon gig on this Bank Holiday Sunday. A pioneering jazz […]

Fri 05 May 2017

Sun 24 July 2016

John Bennett Band

A stalwart of the old Vortex, the band is now installed with a regular Sunday afternoon residency. With John’s fantastic compositions and an always exciting line-up of fine musicians this is […]

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