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EFG London Jazz Festival


Sun 25 November 2018

Family Band – Board of Origin Album Launch

Comprising four long-term collaborators and friends (thus the ‘family’ tag), the band takes as its starting point the freewheeling music of the 1960s free jazz revolution; moments of fierce intensity, introspection and the blues all combining into an emotionally complex and often cathartic whole.

Sat 24 November 2018

Fri 23 November 2018

Thu 22 November 2018

Noel Langley’s EDENTIDE

Noel Langley has been at the forefront of the British music scene for nearly thirty years, enjoying a multi-faceted career as a performer, composer, arranger, arranger, producer and bandleader. Here he brings his critically acclaimed project EDENTIDE to the Vortex.

Tue 20 November 2018

Mon 19 November 2018

Vula Viel & Velvet Revolution

Vula Viel & Velvet Revolution, both with their unusual line-up, make strong musical statements: the sound is vibrant and at the same time intricate; with a fine sense for subtle nuances and yet delivered with verve, occasionally even with force.

Sun 18 November 2018

Sat 17 November 2018

Fri 16 November 2018

Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra

To open our fantastic EFG LJF programme, Nikki Iles presents for the first time a brand new large ensemble project featuring a handpicked line-up of old friends and new, to perform works by inspirational female composers.

Sun 19 November 2017

Sat 18 November 2017

Fri 17 November 2017

Thu 16 November 2017

Wed 15 November 2017

Bruno Heinen & Rachael Cohen

Born out of a longstanding musical relationship, Rachael Cohen  (saxophone) and Bruno Heinen (piano) have a developed a forward-looking and empathic duo. Performing together consistently, they are continually working on […]

Tue 14 November 2017

Mon 13 November 2017

Jeff Taylor ft. Mick Coady

Vocalist Jeff Taylor, who has collaborated with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Martha Wainwright and The National, performs in the intimate setting of our Downstairs. With Voro Garcia (trumpet), Lloyd […]

Sun 12 November 2017

Mopomoso presents…

‘THE WORKSHOP INVITES’ Formed in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Mopomoso concerts the Mopomoso workshops have continued each week in London’s West End. Guests are invited […]

Sat 11 November 2017

Fri 10 November 2017

Fini Bearman + Hannes Riepler

Lively, entertaining and thought-provoking singer who will start the Vortex’s programme at the London Jazz Festival on a high. She will be bringing over some of her collaborators from the […]

Sun 20 November 2016

Downstairs: THELONIOUS

Hans Koller (Valve Trombone, Euphonium) Martin Speake (Alto Saxophone) Calum Gourlay (Bass) TBC (Drums) Taking inspiration from the Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd School Days band from the early 1960s, Thelonious explore the […]


Mopomoso presenting the finest in free improvisation since 1991 Yoko Arai (piano) / John Russell (guitar) duo + Mark Wastell Quintet – Mark Wastell (cello) / Olie Brice (bass) / […]

Sat 19 November 2016


Appropriate for our late night season! We are happy that the Loop Collective, with Dave Smith, Rory Simmons are putting together a special late night show. Full details in the […]

Fri 18 November 2016

Thu 17 November 2016

Wed 16 November 2016


As part of our cosmopolitan enthusiasm, we are delighted to welcome Niklas Winter, Finnish jazz guitarist, composer and teacher. Performing in the intimacy of our Downstairs space with Henry Lowther (trumpet), […]

Tue 15 November 2016

Mon 14 November 2016

Sun 13 November 2016

Sat 12 November 2016

Fri 11 November 2016

Clark Tracey Quintet

The English equivalent of Art Blakey – a great drummer, most often known here for his work with father Stan, works today with the stars of tomorrow. Playing originals and standards […]

Thu 23 June 2016

Sun 22 November 2015

Sat 21 November 2015

Perfect Houseplants

An adventurous and accessible jazz group, formed by four of the most distinctive jazz musicians and composers in the UK. Mark Lockheart – soprano & tenor saxophones Huw Warren – […]

Magic Box and Sara Mitra presents…A Magical Musical Story Box

Live music/kids’ theatre event for the young and young-at-heart, with fun interactive elements. A brand new family-friendly collaboration between jazz singer Sara Mitra and childrens’ drama professional Lottie Allen. Showcasing the sounds […]

Fri 20 November 2015

Thu 19 November 2015

Orquestra Mahatma

At last. A welcome return for Orquestra Mahatma. Paul Clarvis (hitty things), Sonia Slany (thin strings), Stuart Hall (lots of different thickness of strings), Oren Marshall (blowy things). ‘Wedding music […]

Wed 18 November 2015

Tue 17 November 2015

Mon 16 November 2015

Sun 15 November 2015


Line Up MOLIMO – Spain Chefa Alonso (sax/perc) Barbara Meyer (cello) Cova Villages (voice) This excellent all woman trio return to Mopomoso after three years to promote their new CD. […]

Sat 14 November 2015

Warriors International presents Freedom

EFG London Jazz Festival special The Vortex’s ‘loft’ groove jam night, curated by Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss, moves to a late night slot. Known for its wild, totally free evenings of challenging and up-lifting improvisations which […]

Annie Whitehead’s Rude 2.0

Busy and ever-enjoyable jazz, ska and session trombonist Whitehead’s best known for her engaging mix of African grooves, blues, ska and Ellingtonian expressionism. Here though, she reawakens her brilliantly freewheeling […]

Magic Box and Sara Mitra presents…A Magical Musical Story Box

Live music/kids’ theatre event for the young and young-at-heart, with fun interactive elements. A brand new family-friendly collaboration between jazz singer Sara Mitra and childrens’ drama professional Lottie Allen. Showcasing the sounds […]

Fri 13 November 2015

Sun 23 November 2014

Sat 22 November 2014

Led Bib

Following their UK tour and an electrifying 3 night residency at the Vortex in the Spring, Led Bib are back for their final London gig of the year, playing music […]

Fri 21 November 2014


Partisans are coming…
“Restless, almost reckless energy… delirious listening… consistently thrilling.” – BBC Music Magazine

Thu 20 November 2014

Wed 19 November 2014

Tue 18 November 2014

Mon 17 November 2014

Sun 16 November 2014


For their EFG London Jazz Festival show Mopomoso have programmed four sets of intrepid music from the freer end of things. Martin Speake (sax) / Mark Sanders (drums, percussion)   […]

Sat 15 November 2014

Fri 14 November 2014

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