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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?
Welcome to The Vortex Jazz Club
Live Jazz Award winner in the
2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Launching their new CD, Parallel Moments, Marilyn Crispell and Raymond MacDonald’s collaborations are characterised by delicate melodies full of textural intricacies and soaring passionate freewheeling adventures.
A rare opportunity to hear Marilyn Crispell, who has been described as "one of the greatest, most profound virtuosos of our time".
MacDonald has been described as "able to individuate the exact points in which bedlam and presence of mind fuse, allowing the music to reach levels of unexpected intensity enriched by beautifully resonant halos and deliberate melodic reflections."
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.
Led by guitar legend John Etheridge, the Blue Spirits Trio includes Pete Whittaker (organ) & Mark Fletcher (drums).
Drawing on a vast reservoir of musical experience spanning 43 years, Etheridge distills the bluesier side of his musical world in a repertoire that manifests intensity and emotion as it’s main quality, with subtlety, fluidity and interaction as central. Pete Whittaker is a superb accompanist and soloist and drummer Mark Fletcher is celebrated for his drive an invention. The repertoire is edgy and engaging with a forceful drive and bravura performances….A must!
John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists in the world". He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as 'eclectic' as he refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. His range is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the iconic Stephane Grappelli while simultaneously doing likewise with the legendary jazz-fusion group, The Soft Machine.
MOJO (Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra) are an exciting 17 piece jazz big band based in north London, made up of great musicians from all over the capital.
With a repertoire including laid back & up tempo swing, Latin and funk and playing a wide ranging variety of charts from the traditional (Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Duke Ellington) through to the modern (Gordon Goodwin, Michel Camilo, NYJO, Tower of Power) there is sure to be something for everyone in this big band's dynamic set!
Back once again at their favourite venue, the Vortex, what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Open mic night hosted by Romy Summers and the Bob Stuckey Trio: Bob Stuckey (piano), Jerome Davies (bass), Cheryl Alleyne (drums)
More information to follow...
Doors and singing list open at 7pm... come down early if you'd like to sing.
Improviser and composer Tim Hodgkinson - of Henry Cow and Konk Pack fame - first collaborated with Denman Maroney's unique hyperpiano and Dominic Lash on contrabass in September 2011 at John Zorn's club The Stone in New York City. LondonJazz said that their second meeting was "an exhilarating stream of expressive statement ... always sharply attentive to the hints and phrasing in the air, they achieved an engaging equilibrium in their search for lost phrases and resonances". Tonight they resume their search for the third time, in the company of the remarkable percussionist Paul Lytton – collaborator with Evan Parker for over forty years and a true percussion innovator.
Lash - dbl bass
Maroney - piano
Hodgkinson - reeds & laspsteel
Lytton - drums
"Pianists have been tinkering with the guts of their instruments for nearly a century now, but it’s altogether likely that no one has explored the art of prepared piano as diligently or creatively as hyperpianist Denman Maroney." (Time Out New York) The music of "hyperpianist" Denman Maroney is inspired by nature and the music of John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Henry Cowell, Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, Scott Joplin, Olivier Messiaen, Thelonious Monk, Conlon Nancarrow and Karheinz Stockhausen among others. Maroney plays what he calls "hyperpiano", which involves bowing and sliding the strings with copper bars, steel cylinders, Tibetan prayer bowls, rubber blocks and CD cases and gives him a unique sonic vocabulary.
Born in 1949, graduate in social anthropology at Cambridge, co-founder of the politically and musically radical group Henry Cow in 1968, Tim Hodgkinson has followed a restless and critical creative path. His compositions have been interpreted in such international festivals as: Spectrum XXI (Brussels, Paris, Geneva, London), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (U.K.) where he was a featured composer in 2007, Craiova and Ploiesti Festivals (Romania), Guarda Festival (Portugal), Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano (Italy), Konfrontationen Festival (Austria), Nordlyd Festival (Norway), Musique Action (France) and the European Symposium of Experimental Music at Barcelona. As an improvising musician on reeds and lap steel guitar Tim Hodgkinson has worked all over the world with many of the most acclaimed artists in the field and continues to be fully engaged in the celebrated Konk Pack trio with Roger Turner and Thomas Lehn.
Dominic Lash has performed with Tony Conrad and Evan Parker; other currently active ensembles include a duo with Alex Ward, a trio with John Butcher and John Russell and The Convergence Quartet (with Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt and Alexander Hawkins). He also leads The Set Ensemble (an experimental music group mainly devoted to the work of composers from the Wandelweiser collective). Recent CD publications include work on the Another Timbre, Cathnor, Clean Feed and Psi labels. He was resident in New York for much of 2011, where he performed with musicians including Michael Pisaro, Fay Victor and Nate Wooley.
According to Evan Parker, Paul Lytton is "happiest with the weirdest shit possible - that's where he seems to really love it." An incredibly sensitive and selfless improviser, he has collaborated recently with the likes of Ken Vandermark, C Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, Agusti Fernandez and Ikue Mori, as well as being an essential interlocutor for Evan Parker for over forty years in their long standing duo, the legendary trio with Barry Guy, and with Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
"Paul's a remarkable drummer . . . you could play ten minutes of Paul Lytton and they might think, I'm not sure if that person's ever played the drums before in his life, and then you can play another ten minutes where he sounds like Roy Haynes on speed." - Evan Parker, Paris Transatlantic
Corrie Dick Quintet
Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, Corrie presents a set of melody-defined songs. Corrie's rich compositions are characterised by their lush sonic landscapes and uplifting, triumphant passages.
Sam Rapley- Tenor Sax
Matt Robinson- Piano
Joe Webb- Keyboard
Corrie Dick- Drums/Compositions
"One of the most gifted drummers I’ve come across in recent years; he’s well on his way to being a visionary both as a musician and composer." Will Vinson (New York Saxophonist)
Ed Begley + Guests
Ed Begley's music is a winning mix of Jeff Buckley-esque vocals, Radiohead sounds and 1920's blues and gospel undertones. While some of his influences are clear, his songs show a great deal of originality, heart and mastery.
Poetry, comedy and live music, with consumate wordsmith John Hegley and a house band made up of three phenomenal musicians:
Alan Barnes - sax
Julia Doyle - double bass/violin
Daisy Palmer - drums
"Comedy's poet laureate" The Independent
Local man John Hegley's first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.
He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence. His latest book 'I am a Poetato: An A-Z of poems about people, pets and other creatures', is published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books.
Legendary reeds player Alan Barnes has performed with the BBC Big Band, Radio Orchestra and Concert Orchestra and has toured and recorded with big band leaders, Dick Walter, Kenny Baker, Bob Wilber, Mike Westbrook, Don Weller, Stan Tracey and John Dankworth.
Daisy has performed, toured and recorded with many reknown artists including Goldfrapp, Birdy, Beth Gibbons, Carl Barat, Lillian Boutte, Get the Blessing, Andy Sheppard, Pee Wee Ellis and Tinie Tempah. Daisy is currently working with Eyes on Film, Wolperdinger, and Kimbers.
Julia Doyle plays jazz, folk, world musics (currently including Argentinian tango and Klezmer) and any acoustic based (bass-ed) music.
We're very excited to present the excellent Pigfoot; a jazz-swing-mashup played by some of the finest musicians around.
Pigfoot mine their material from the rich seams of New Orleans music; hot jazz, spirituals and blues from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and Jelly Roll Morton, reconstructed and transformed by the quick wit,imagination and diverse reference points of each musician, resulting in what trumpet player Chris Batchelor describes as "21st Century Acid Trad".
Chris Batchelor - trumpet
Liam Noble - piano
Oren Marshall - tuba
Paul Clarvis - drums
"Batchelor, a fine trumpeter who intriguingly blends Miles Davis's shrewd pacing and evocative long-note sounds with something of Harry Beckett's bubbly phrasing." John Fordham The Guardian
The album features melodic and Mullenised versions of standards and compositions by legendary jazz musicians such as Toots Thielemans.
Having taken a break from touring and performing, Jim's Organ Trio are reformed and re-energised and on cracking form in 2014 promoting their latest release.
"Lovers of organ trios of yore should rush to hear this uber swinging super group" JazzWise magazine.
Jim Mullen - guitar
Mike Gorman - organ
Matt Skelton - drums
This excellent young Quintet brings together five highly individual musicians with an ear for the unpredictable. Defiant of categorization and yet extremely accessible, their music combines elements of jazz, folk and contemporary classical music as if heard in a dream.
Chris Montague (Troyka) on guitar, James Mainwaring (Roller Trio) on saxes, Dave Smyth (Timecraft) on drums, Mick Bardon (Shatner’s Bassoon) on bass and Jon Brigg on piano.
"Sometimes the music has a tranquil drift, sometimes the music shrieks and swerves with maniacal passion. There is no guessing where the music will begin, nor where it will end up." All About Jazz
James Mainwaring - Saxes
Chris Montague - Guitar
Mick Bardon - Bass
Dave Smyth - Drums
Jon Brigg - Piano/Composer
Firefly Burning are an East London collective born out of a series of chance musical encounters. Bea Hankey, John Barber, Sam Glazer, James Redwood and Jack Ross create songs which paint sound pictures with Javanese gamalan, guitar, strings, piano, gongs and voices.
Eclectically embracing Sufjan Stevens' wonky unadulterated pop and the post-minimalism of John Adams, Firefly Burning's music is full of close harmonies, intricate rhythms and evocative atmospheres. In debut album 'Lightships' shades of Debussy and William Byrd vie with eastern textures to capture their hypnotic live performances.
Tonight the group play music from their brand new album, due out in 2014.
"..urgent dancing piano lines and frantic strings over which Bea Hankey sings with majestic, hypnotic grace" Time Out
"..the music is so utterly hypnotic...firefly are intoxicating, beautiful and affirming" Matchbox Magazine
Bringing a unique take to the classical piano trio, this contemporary London based ensemble, Filipe Sousa, (piano), Tara Franks (cello), and Preetha Narayanan (violin), collaboratively create original work with a distinctive sound that blends improvisation with devised composition.
With intriguing traces of Vaughn Williams, Steve Reich, and Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Quest Ensemble paint a unique and evocative musical landscape filled with lyrical melodic lines, rich harmonies, and interwoven rhythmic counterpoint.
The trio also work collaboratively on site-specific installations and sound commissions for dance and visual arts. They have just finished recording their first album to be released in March.
Julian Argüelles (saxophones)
Kit Downes (piano)
Sam Lasserson (bass)
James Maddren (drums)
This new quartet grew out of an opportunity Julian had to play with Kit in various ensembles, they then went on to perform several concerts together as a duo. The quartet finally came together, in this form , in 2010. This quartet of world class musicians explores the relationship between composition and improvisation, trying to blur the lines, using aesthetics derived from classical, folk and pop music within the freedom provided by a jazz sensibility.
A former-member of Loose Tubes, Julian has toured and recorded throughout the world with leading musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Holland, Django Bates, John Scoffield, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, and John Taylor. He is the leader of his own groups and recorded eleven CDs and has appeared as a featured soloist on over 60 others. In 2004 Julian moved to the Scottish countryside and in 2012 he won the Best Instrumentalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards.
As a composer he has recently been commissioned to write for the NDR (North German Radio Big Band) HR (Frankfurt Radio Big Band), BBC Radio 3, various orchestras, big bands, ensembles and Conservatories. In 1999 Julian was the recipient of the Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Award from the USA and in 2011-12 Julian was composer in Residence at the Luzern Jazz School, Switzerland. His 11 CDs as a leader have won many awards and have become hugely influential to a new generation of British musicians.
Pianist and composer Kit Downes was nominated for a Mercury Music Award in 2010, and has won the BBC Rising Star Award, Yamaha Jazz Scholarship Award, and has been nominated twice for the British Jazz Awards. He is one of the most highly respected young jazz pianists in Europe.
Sam Lasserson is a highly regarded and in-demand young bass player. He has performed with many of the UK's jazz stars.
Drummer James Maddren is currently a member of Kit's various bands and pianist Gwilym Simcock's Trio, and has performed with many international jazz stars from around the world.
Shows Seven - January Songs
During January 2011 Darren Hayman, ex-Hefner, wrote a song for every day of the month. It was an incredibly frantic period of work. Each day not only included the writing of a song, but also its recording and the making of a video, and an online diary.
"Even in this age of downloads I can still get frustrated about how long it takes to release records," says Hayman. "I wanted to make something instantly and, without anytime for editing or revision, release it and make it permanent."
The project became eclectic through necessity. The songs range from glam disco stomps, through folky laments and acapella hymns to jazz backed spoken words.
"I knew some sort of theme would reveal itself gradually through the work," continues Darren, "and that theme became one of release and escape. Lots of the songs are about imaginary or longed for havens."
It can all be found archived here: http://januarysongs.tumblr.com/
January Songs was also released as a hand drawn two CD set and can be found in our shop.
Apart from one or two tunes January Songs has only been performed once, back in January 2012 upon the release of the CD.
It should come as no surprise that the two January Occupation shows will consist of an exclusive performance of January songs.
THE TWO SHOWS WILL FEATURE DIFFERENT SETS.
SHOW 1: THURSDAY 16TH JAN WILL FEATURE SONGS FROM THE FIRST HALF OF JANUARY SONGS. WITH SUPPORT FROM ROZI PLAIN FROM LOST MAP RECORDS.
SHOW 2: FRIDAY 17th JAN WILL FEATURE SONGS FROM THE SECOND HALF OF JANUARY SONGS. WITH SUPPORT FROM THE PICTISH TRAIL FROM LOST MAP RECORDS.
Darren Hayman’s Occupation is a series of monthly shows 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."
Sorry! The Vortex is closed tonight.
To start the New Year, Mopomoso hosts an evening of intimate and engaging improvisations from five very different and highly skilled musicians from the UK, Switzerland and Italy.
Nicola Guazzaloca (piano) / Hannah Marshall (cello) duo
Bologna based Guazzaloca teaming up again with remarkable cellist Marshall for this fine duo. Brimming over with musicality and full of invention.
Dave Tucker (guitar) solo
A much respected musician, the ever engaging Dave Tucker brings his muscular and witty playing to bear on a rare solo guitar set which promises to be a delight.
Urs Leimgruber (sax) / John Russell (guitar) duo
Leading Swiss saxophonist Leimgruber visits Mopomoso for the first time. Here for a debut duo performance with guitarist Russell in a set of pure improvisation.
Tonight is the launch of new album 'I Bought a Bike' on Chamber Records, featuring Jac Jones sax, Will Butterworth piano, and Nick Pini on bass.
A Priori are a band of London improvisors that have developed a unique way of playing over a two year period through a process of playing freely improvised music and also the thorough mining of the standard repertoire. They improvise with the aim of re-interpreting forms without any previous discussion of tempo key or structure, but instead trying to rely on collective instinct to guide the music.
Will has worked with many of Britain's finest musicians, and has released two albums as leader (music chamber records). He is also one half of the 'Dylan Howe/Will Butterworth' duo, which has achieved great critical acclaim.
Jac is also an active composer and arranger and writes music for various jazz groups and larger ensembles. He has been commissioned by the PRS Foundation for New Music, writing original compositions for drum kit and orchestra (London Breakbeat Orchestra) recorded for the BBC at their Maida Vale studios and broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Asian network. These compositions have also been performed in Trafalgar Square as part of the Festival of Youth Arts, at Rhythms Of The World Festivals, At Koko (Camden palace), Cargo, Q club (Birmingham) and various other music venues around the country.
Double bass player Nick Pini plays with a wealth of musicians.
"Brilliant, the bee’s knees." Robert Wyatt
"Gillespie’s spiky lyrical gift is utterly distinctive." The Metro, July 2013
Sarah Gillespie's music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism. The Guardian’s jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as "(joining) Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original."
Sarah’s band features Enzo Zirilli on drums, Ben Bastin on double bass and Kit Downes on piano.
Partisans have been thrilling audiences since its formation in 1996,with its tightly knit themes and a great freedom coming from years of playing together.
'This foursome are often cited as godfathers of the ferocious “post-jazz” groups. - Times****
...tricky zigzagging heads are played with flawless attack, and the quartet's trademark of seamless idiom and time-shifting within each piece operates with a gleeful tautness. - Guardian****
Partisans present some of the most refreshing music I've heard in a long while, uncompromising, very well written and very well played. It demands serious attention. I hear in these players a sense of common purpose and resolve, and a strong command of a dialect uniquely suited to this music. It's heartening to hear music that looks to find its own particular place. - Steve Swallow
'It's bad, man' - Delfeayo Marsalis
'One of the most exciting all star experimental groups in Jazz today' - BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line Up
'Partisans were the highlight of the festival, jazz that makes you blink in its glare'- John Fordham, The Guardian, Cheltenham Jazz festival
A night of the finest music from those who were at the vanguard of the 1960s London jazz scene.
During the sixties Henry was one of the first musicians on the British jazz scene to experiment with total free improvisation, notably with Jack Bruce, Lyn Dobson and John Hiseman. He played with the original and seminal Mike Westbrook band (which included Mike Osborne and John Surman), and also with John Dankworth, including playing on the now legendary and rare Kenny Wheeler album "Windmill Tilter". In the sixties Henry also worked on the rock scene with Manfred Mann and John Mayall, and also with Keef Hartley, with whom he appeared at the famous Woodstock festival in 1969.
Over the last thirty years Henry's work on the British jazz scene reads like a "Who's Who". He has played regularly with, amongst many others, Gordon Beck, Michael Garrick, Graham Collier, Mike Gibbs, Pete King, Loose Tubes, John Surman, John Taylor, Stan Tracey and Kenny Wheeler.
Born in London in 1942, he started on tea-chest bass in local skiffle groups before buying his first double bass at fifteen. Local gigs followed, often with neighbour Charlie Watts and trumpeter Brian Jones.
Turning professional in 1963 he worked with Keith Ingham and with multi instrumentalist Pete Shade. He joined the Don Rendell Quintet in the December, and remained with until 1969, by which time it had become the Don Rendell-Ian Carr Quintet. In 1964 he worked with Benny Goodman on TV. In 1965 he joined Humphrey Lyttelton, remaining with the band for eighteen years, but managing to combine the work with playing with Stan Tracey, and accompanying many visiting American jazzmen.
English drummer and percussionist who has played with many different bands and is involved with all musical genres, working with musicians ranging from Leonard Bernstein, Harrison Birtwistle and John Dankworth to Randy Crawford. Paul has recorded albums with Gordon Beck, Bryan Ferry, John Williams, Sam Rivers, Moondog, John Adams, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Marc Ribot, John Zorn, Michel Legrand, Elton John, Richard Thompson, The Orb, Henry Lowther and John Harle, along with Mose Allison, Randy Brecker and Ravi Shankar. He has been the featured percussionist / drummer for most of the London Orchestras and is in great demand on film and recording sessions as a specialist hand drummer.
Pete Hurt has quietly been part of the London jazz scene for almost four decades and has developed one of the most uniquely distinguishable sounds and styles. Apart from his great saxophone playing he has also been recognised for his compositional and arranging skills. Pete's unique musical contribution is featured on Chris Biscoe's new album Profiles Of Mingus.
"The pianist can effortlessly sustain a graceful Bill Evans-like lyrical swing, but also massages the ideas of the others. His contemporary references give him a broad sweep, and he has much to do with this set's freedom from bop-standard rigidities...The pianist wraps a light tracery around Speake against ringing cymbal and thumping keynotes on Jitterbug Waltz, and then plays a pungent solo..." John Fordham,The Guardian
After a packed out show in September the Phil Meadows Group return to the Vortex with a host of brand new material alongside a selection of music from their critically acclaimed debut album 'Engines of Creation'.
Dubbed by BBC Radio 3's Jez Nelson as 'a collection of rising stars on the British jazz scene' Meadows' clever episodic writing balances an eclectic range of contemporary influences, strong improvisational language, and wit. Combining soaring melodies, a collection of grooves and elements of the avant-guard the group showcases players from an important new wave of rising British talent, featuring acclaimed trumpeter Laura Jurd, pianist Elliot Galvin, bassist Conor Chaplin and drummer Simon Roth.
Phil Meadows - Alto/Soprano Sax
Laura Jurd - Trumpet
Elliot Galvin - Piano
Conor Chaplin - Bass
Simon Roth - Drums
"A collection of rising stars on the British jazz scene" – Jez Nelson (BBC Jazz on 3)
"All in all Meadows has made quite an entrance for a new kid on the block" – Selwyn Harris (Jazzwise Magazine)
"First rate understated playing from a highly talented group of ‘new generation’ British jazz musicians." – Bebop Spoken Here
"Talk about setting the bar high with a debut release…this quintet is prepared to risk and win!" – Adrian Pallant
"So, album number two please." – Bruce Lindsay (All About Jazz)
"A generous band leader with a growing vision of a group sound, and the promise of a unique expressive voice as writer and player" – Tim Garland
"A highly professional, diligent, creative and enthusiastic musician. Certainly one to watch and definitely one to listen to." – Jason Yarde
"Great début and great band...definitely one to watch out for"- Julian Siegel
Tori Handsley Trio
Contemporary electric-harp led trio which draws upon jazz, rock, latin and classical influences, creating a tapestry of beats and strings. Resounding riffs, driven by heavy grooves, layered with haunting free flowing passages. Particular influences include: EST, Neil Cowley Trio, Bad Plus, Keith Jarrett, Dorothy Ashby, Debussy, McCoy Tyner & Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Tori Handsley – electric harp
Harry Pope – drums
Misha Mullov-Abbado – bass
Plus guest vocalist – Chantelle Nandi
"Tori Handsley took the harp into unexplored territory with her open-minded, mesmerizing post-EST compositions and freely improvising young trio at Soho's Spice of Life." Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
Royal Academy of Music graduate Pete Lee leads his new band Narcissus, combining contemporary jazz with pop precision. Apparent from the name and the composition titles, the music is themed around psycho-analysis, mental awareness & human behavior. The band’s sound is striking, fiery and unapologetic, full of contrapuntal grooves, cascading piano runs, overdriven guitar, expressive bass fills, all delivered with self-assurance. Previous gigs include "Sela bar" Leeds, "Under The Bridge" Chelsea & "The Slaughtered Lamb" London, as part of a monthly cross-arts showcase hosted by Platform33. Most recently, Narcissus were chosen by Young & Serious to play at The Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2013.
Pete Lee: Piano & Keyboards
Josh Arcoleo: Sax
Tom Varrall: Guitar
Huw Foster: Electric Bass
Ali Thynne: Drums
Promoting their third album - Thwirl - on Sunnyside Records, tonight's performance will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio's Jazz on 3.
When it feels right, stick with it...and keep digging. Rosetta Trio has done just that, and on Thwirl they achieve a breakthrough of their own. For this is the third album of original compositions by this intimately powerful all-string chamber ensemble.
"ingenious originals" The New Yorker
Many discerning jazz listeners have come to know Stephan Crump from his fourteen years of collaboration with Vijay Iyer, particularly in the core trio which created Accelerando and the Grammy-nominated Historicity.
Crump brought together Rosetta Trio for the first time in 2005 to record an album of pieces written in the aftermath of 9/11. That "engaging and sublime meeting" (Signal to Noise) of Crump on acoustic bass with guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox, produced Rosetta (2006), which was greeted enthusiastically by fans, radio, and the press. "Here is a string ensemble for the new century!" raved All About Jazz NY. Their second album, Reclamation (2010), declared "a low-key marvel" (JazzTimes) and noted for its "bareness in emotion" (NPR), was much more than a follow-up effort, though it was the earlier album that gave the trio its name and its mission: to inhabit the dynamic and rhythmic flexibility of a drumless ensemble and embrace its challenges and expanded responsibilities; to reject restrictions of genre; to explore different territories of feel, texture, color; to groove.
Recorded after eight years of collaboration and on the heels of a two-week European tour, Thwirl captures Rosetta Trio not only at peak telepathy, but charting new territories of shape and feel.
Pianist John Cervantes presents his flamenco-jazz ensemble, originally formed out of informal jam sessions with Spanish musicians living in London. Driven by an electrifying rhythm section of cajon, drum kit and palmas, Cervantes Ensemble perform brand new compositions fusing fiery flamenco grooves with contemporary jazz harmony and impassioned melodies. The Ensemble features a stunning line-up of performers including Cadiz-born percussionist Malick Mbengue (Chano Dominguez, Julian Sanchez), drum kit player Jon Desbruslais (Los Charly’s Orchestra, Buddy Greco), and double bass player Sandy Suchodolski (Quentin Collins, Renato D'Aiello). This evening they will be joined by the UK’s premier jazz flautist Gareth Lockrane, renowned for his robust, gutsy and compelling soloing.
"Cervantes plays beautifully and lyrically...The enthusiastic audience would not let the band leave without an encore, they knew they had seen something special." LondonJazzNews.com
Two performances: doors 8pm / 10.30pm
Evening performance: doors 8pm / performance 8.45pm promptly
Late performance: doors 10.30pm / performance 11pm promptly
Each show will consist of one 75 minute set and is ticketed separately
A very special double bill tonight, with three musical luminaries.
BB&C is an explosive three-headed monster featuring New York City alto saxophonist Tim Berne, downtown drummer Jim Black and the ever-exploring Nels Cline on guitar. Their debut CD 'The Veil' is from a live recording at The Stone in New York City. Combining elements of avant-garde jazz, skronk rock, heavy metal, and other uncategorizabe influences BB&C is a collaboration between three international jazz pioneers.
Nels Cline is popularly known as a member of Wilco, however the New York guitarist has been steadily building an international profile for his genre-defying style for several decades, exploring jazz, avant garde, rock, country and noise with the likes of Thurston Moore, John Zorn, and of course The Nels Cline Singers.
Tim Berne's soulful body of work is carving a new musical language which continues to push the boundaries and possibilities of jazz.
Virtuosic drummer Jim Black is celebrated worldwide for his limitless technique and innovative concepts. With a highly individual approach to jazz drumming, his style has expanded to include Balkan rhythms, rock songcraft and laptop soundscapes.
Colin Towns’ Anglo-German six piece, Blue Touch Paper, released their debut album ‘Stand Well Back’ in 2012, turning heads and prompting ecstatic reviews "…catchy hooks, knotty rhythms and moodscapes…" MOJO.
Their new album ‘Drawing Breath’ continues the Blue Touch Paper soundscape, with elements of jazz, rock, electronic and classical music once again demonstrating an adventurous, visionary and powerful way forward.
Colin Towns - keyboards
Mark Lockheart - saxophones
Chris Montague - guitar
Benny Greb - drums
Edward Maclean - bass
Stephan Maass - percussion & electronics
"wild tangos, brooding Iberian folk melodies, tongue-in-cheek rock piano and an atmosphere of youthful exuberance" THE GUARDIAN
"overflows with taut interplay and dynamic musical invention" RECORD COLLECTOR
"Zawinul-style funk, tango themes, Moor-ish overtones and heavy metal deep in the mix as well. At times, it feels like there is a cast of thousands at work: reading, improvising, raging" BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
"the group's intrinsic chemistry continues to grow..an album that's even more eclectic, electrified and electrifying" ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Somewhere in the intersecting corridors of jazz, modernist composition, Scando-folk and early church music, there's a small interior chamber that’s not quite silent, and this is what you'll find there." The Independent
Christian Wallumrød (brother of Susanna, of Magical Orchestra fame) is considered one of the most prominent musicians of the younger Norwegian generation. He's forged long term collaborations with singer Sidsel Endresen and drummer Audun Kleive (with his Generator X), resulting in various recordings (Jazzland Records). He has also recorded several albums on Norwegian labels, with the trio Close Erase. Wallumrød has generally focused on small and fixed ensembles, both as a performer and a composer. He regularly gives solo performances and he has participated in a variety of ad hoc constellations moving in different musical directions, with artists such as Susanne Sundfør, Nils Petter Molvær, Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer, Karl Seglem, Jan Bang, Garth Knox, DJ Strangefruit, Oslo Sinfonietta, Kim Myhr.
Christian Wallumrød - piano, harmonium, toy piano
Eivind Lønning - trumpet
Gjermund Larsen - violin, hardanger fiddle, viola
Espen Reinertsen - tenor saxophone
Tove Törngren - cello
Per Oddvar Johansen - drums, vibraphone
Let Spin return to the Vortex to celebrate the release of their debut album.
Let Spin were formed in a rather fortuitous fashion in June 2012 when another band had to pull out of a short run of gigs. This eclectic group, a collaboration between four of the UK’s top genre-crossing instrumentalists, was brought together - the only requirement was that each musician was asked to contribute written material. The chemistry was instant. A collective understanding, immediate. Right from the first performance, a strong identity was forged, evident in the band's explosive groove-based free improv.
Through each musician’s varied style of writing, influences as far-reaching as Rage Against The Machine, Tim Berne, Bill Frisell and Middle Eastern folk music collide to form a cohesive mix of angular riffs, wistful melodies, euphoric improv and heavy grooves.
Two months after Let Spin’s first gig, they were in the studio recording their eponymous debut album, which will be released on Beats & Pieces Big Band leader Ben Cottrell’s Manchester-based label Efpi.
Moss Freed – Guitar
Chris Williams – Alto Sax
Ruth Goller – Bass
Finlay Panter – Drums
"Modern, hectic and…gleefully bizarre…[they] had the audience spellbound." London Jazz
Partikel are three London based musicians all with very different musical backgrounds who have come together to make music mixing all of their favourite influences in a melodic coherent and accurate way. The music puts an interesting twist on the standard jazz format while still honoring the tradition of deep harmony and creative improvisation. Drawing influence from African and Latin American music combined with the style of the contemporary jazz scene, Partikel produce a personal, committed and contemporary take on the saxophone trio.
Duncan Eagles - tenor sax
Max Luthert - double bass
Eric Ford - drums and percussion
"Cohesion is a masterclass in the art of the trio, with music that is articulate and eloquent" Jazz UK
A night of out-there skronky prog/jazz rock from Leeds and London.
Shatner’s Bassoon are a group of six Leeds based composers/improvisers. Since forming in 2010 they have performed regularly around the UK, had a live show featured on BBC Jazz on 3 and collaborated with artists such as pianist Matthew Bourne.
Influenced by contemporary artists such as Tim Berne, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, Frank Zappa, Tyshawn Sorey and a range of rock and electronica; and with a combined experience that includes eastern European folk, Hindustani music, Brazilian music, straight ahead and free jazz, reggae, metal, contemporary classical and musique concrete; Shatner’s Bassoon have developed a unique collective sound based on developing complex compositional structures through improvisation – allowing the music to be naturally infused by their experiences.
The results can range from dense free noise through intense riffs and ambient textures. They play with musical clichés and conventions to produce music that negotiates a path from the beautiful to the sinister, humorous and surreal.
"There are some remarkably beautiful playing in some of the slower more reflective passages...and also the very physical act of having two drummers is an incredible sight" Gail Brand, BBC Jazz on 3
"partial to onstage sparks and explosions..." Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3
Part demonic vaudeville, part psychotic big band, vocalist/guitarist Andrew Plummer revels and writhes in the macabre as he heads his World Sanguine Report through visceral tales from the dark side of life, love and death.
Propelled by demented carny rhythms, Plummer's bruised, gruff vocals and darkly-enthralling lyrics are enveloped in a tide of swirling tones and textures, with the threat of breaking into waves of cacophony.
"A natural successor to the most out-there experimental mind-warps of early seventies British jazz and rock." ROCK-A-ROLLA
"Twists the noble craft of songwriting into a dystopian mindf**k.... Plummer's warped vaudeville, always dark turning darker, is something entirely his own" THE WIRE
Part of a Match&Fuse tour
Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a ‘dazzling new apex’ (Downbeat). Self-taught, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure.
Latest album 'Song Singular' is released on Babel records in November.
Wolfram Trio is a Norwegian group that seeks inspiration in acoustic free jazz, as well as modern contemporary improvised music. With heroes such as Albert Ayler, Peter Brotzman and Barry Guy, some listeners claim to recognize these roots, but still admit that the trio has managed to create their own original sound. Wolfram plays improvised music and the result often tends to be spontaneous, fearless and explosive.
Wolfram Trio is:
Halvor Meling - Saxophone
Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson – Acoustic Bass
Jan Martin Gismervik – Drums
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Chris Abrahams (piano)
Lloyd Swanton (bass)
Tony Buck (drums)
"The Necks are masters" The Guardian
"entirely unique" Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3
Together for 25 years the Australian cult trio, The Necks, have enthralled audiences worldwide with their compelling style of improvisation. Defying orthodox description, not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, their music is regularly described internationally as, simply, unique.
Every Necks' performance is a singular event, entirely improvised and working with the acoustics of the room. Featuring lengthy pieces of long-form improvisation which build in a mesmerising, epic fashion frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, their performances are never less than phenomenal.
"Absolutely riveting...how three musicians can sound like eighteen is a mystery... extraordinary magical sounds emerged from the ensemble...the way The Necks do this with acoustic instruments is nothing short of miraculous" Financial Times
"One of the greatest bands in the world" New York Times
The Necks in concert in Sydney, Australia on 5th March, 2008 (courtesy of Moshcam)
"The David Friesen compositions are all gorgeous, rich and accessible, each tune more beautiful than the first and absolutely wonderful soloing and ensemble play at its highest level." JM/Jazz Clubscene
"Everything the trio plays is colored with a pronounced individuality. The harmonic depth, intense rhythm and subtle interaction they employ mesmerizes an audience." D. Ramsey/Downbeat, Jazz Times
David Friesen: bass
"It’s been said of David Friesen that he does for the art of bass playing what Pythagoras did for the triangles." Patrick Hinely/Jazz Times
David Friesen has recorded over 75 CD's as a leader/ co-leader and appeared as a sideman or featured artist on more than 100 recordings. He has performed and/ or recorded with many of the great names and legends of jazz including: Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, Michael Brecker, Bud Shank, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Joe Venuti, Mal Waldron, Jaki Byard, Kenny Drew Sr., Chick Corea, Milt Jackson, Slim Gaillard, John Scofield, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Paul Motian, Jack Dejohnette, Airto Moreira, and many others. He has performed in concert as a soloist (Friesen is one of two or three bassists in the world that is able to play a solo concert and keep an audience riveted) and with his own groups throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Turkey, Poland, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Chile, China, Russia, Lithuania and the Ukraine.
In a 2006 jazz bass poll, David Friesen was listed as one of the 20 most influential bass players in the history of jazz. Also included in a recent poll as one of the 100 Greatest Jazz Bassists of all time.
In 1997 he was nominated for the best jazz bassist in the American Jazz Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Friesen was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame at the first induction ceremony Sept. 2007 and the Oregon Jazz Society Hall of Fame May 2012.
"Bassist David Friesen is a phenomenon, a player whose musicianship, tone, time and imagination are uncategorizable." Nat Hentoff
Martin Hathaway: alto
"Martin Hathaway is still Britain’s most underrated alto saxophonist." Dave Gelly/The Observer
Martin Hathaway was born in Chelmsford in 1969. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from 1987, graduating in 1991 with first class honours and the LGSM diploma in Jazz Studies. He is probably best known for his long association (since 1988) with the legendary British jazz pianist and composer Michael Garrick, playing saxophones, clarinet and flute in many of his projects, including his Big Band and the ‘New Quartet’. Martin has played with many of Britain’s leading jazz musicians in smaller group contexts, including Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Mick Hutton, Liam Noble, Julian Siegel, Phil Robson, Martin Speake, Harry Beckett, Clark Tracey, Don Rendell, Nikki Iles, Stacey Kent, Jacqui and Alec Dankworth, Alan Barnes, Digby Fairweather and Jim Mullen, and has worked extensively as a session musician, recording music for radio, television and film. He has also performed and recorded with ‘Radiohead’, appearing on their best-selling CD ‘Kid A’. Martin Hathaway was appointed Head of Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in September 2007 and has been a Professor there since 1991.
Barry Green: piano
"Green’s virtuosity…his work can be both intricate and assertive and is constantly inventive." Pete Martin/Jazz UK
Barry Green studied classical and jazz piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2002. He regularly performs with Ingrid Laubrock, Mark Lockheart, Bobby Wellins Bob Martin and Martin Speake and is a member of Larry Bartley’s trio and octet. Barry has also played with Julian Arguelles, Julian Siegel and US alto sax legend Richie Cole and and recorded with American rhythm section Ben Street and Jeff Williams. As well as working with instrumentalists, he has played with many London-based vocalists such as Rachael Calladine, Lee Gibson, Tina May, Christine Tobim and Anita Wardell. He is a member of Ingrid Laubrock’s award-winning quartet
Flautist and composer Eddie Parker has been an important name in UK Jazz for many years - his work as a founding member of and an important composer for Loose Tubes, as well as his work with the 'Bheki Mseleku Band' and Django Bates’ 'Delightful Precipice' has cemented his place in UK Jazz history - but now he is launching a very special set of new material for a new all-star UK band featuring fellow former Loose-Tubes members John Paricelli on guitar and Steve Watts on bass, new recruit Kit Downes on piano, and long-time collaborators Julian Nicholas on saxophone and Mike Pickering on drums.
Taking in music from South Africa (where Eddie has recently guested with rising star Afrika Mkhize), English folk music mixed with French Impressionism, and the great jazz tradition, all combined with beautiful melodies and exciting grooves - this is new music that is both detailed and accessible; with Eddie's return to the live circuit he is already creating a buzz among jazz fans and aficionados alike.
"World-class flute player, fine composer, inspiring bandleader" THE TIMES
Michael Arbenz piano, Thomas Lähns bass, Florian Arbenz drums
plus Greg Osby saxophone
Swiss group Vein are driven by their boundless curiosity and desire to experiment. Their self-composed songs are elemental to the band's sound, with their debut album "VEIN- VEIN" (2006), "VEIN-Outstage" (2008) and their latest CD "VOTE for VEIN" exclusively made up of their own compositions.
Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances.
On stage, Vein challenge and complement Osby in the most sublime manner.
Thu, 1 - Sat, 3 May
In April 2014 Led Bib celebrate 10 years of being together and creating melodic improvised music. The band celebrate this amazing achievement with two new releases: a live vinyl only album & a new studio album on CD & download, and THREE live dates at the Vortex.
Led Bib are one of the original torch bearers for the revitalized young British jazz scene.
Mercury Prize nominated rock-jazzers Led Bib celebrate their 10 year anniversary in 2014 with two record releases in April and an extensive European tour throughout April to May. Looking back on a decade of music that takes in seven albums and a string of accolades, acclaim and performances, the band can feel safe in the knowledge that they punched through genre barriers to carry the flag for UK progressive music.
Following their successful crowd funding campaign this year, the new studio album ‘The People in Your Neighbourhood’ will be released at the end of April 2014, alongside this will be a special 500 limited edition vinyl release of a new live record ‘The Good Egg’, recorded over 2013, which will also be released on the same date. Both releases will come out via American label Cuneiform. For the tour, the group begin in the UK then move to the continent. The UK portion of the tour takes in 13 dates including the album launch which will be set over 3 nights, 1st -3rd May 2014, at London's legendary Vortex Jazz Club, a club they helped re-open with their first album launch when it relocated 8 years ago.
Led Bib, have been described as "a lean, mean, improv-rocking jazz machine" Time Out and "among very few artists who seem less interested in following anyone else's traditions than starting their own" Yahoo Music. The five piece blend groove, improvisation, thrash and everything in-between and their live shows are renowned for carrying along their audiences with an undeniable energy and pulse unusual for a jazz group and more akin to their avant rock peers.
The group, formed in 2003 by drummer/composer Holub, played its first gig on February 24th, 2004. The group released their first album in May 2005 to widespread critical praise and went on to win the 2005 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. Their second album ‘Sizewell Tea’ was released in 2007 through iconic London based record label Babel. It was quickly followed by a limited edition live release, but it was the release of their 4th album ‘Sensible Shoes’ that saw them experience widespread acclaim following the announcement that they were chosen as an Album of the Year in the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The ensuing media storm saw them reach in excess of 20 million people as they performed on TV & Radio sessions including Channel 4 TV News with Jon Snow and playing live on BBC 2.
In 2011 they released ‘Bring Your Own’, their second album for US based Cuneiform Records, which was quickly hailed as a stand out success, getting 4 and 5 star reviews across the board. Led Bib continue to appeal to all fans of good music – it’s the reason that drum and bass heads, jazz aficionados and folk and pop fans are dotted across their audiences. They have drawn references from across the musical spectrum from Captain Beefheart and John Zorn to Pink Floyd and Miles Davis.
Having met playing with composer Thomas Strønen, UK pianist Kit Downes and Norwegian bassist Ole Morten Vågan are touring their two ensembles together in the UK and Norway. Tonight's show will feature one set from each, plus some collaboration.
Kit Downes & Lucy Railton's Tricko Tareco
Diving into the space between the organised and the disorganised, Tricko Tareco draws inspiration from the lyricism and big-beat of minimalist composers, the ballads from nearby ice-cream vans and a light-footed approach to improvisation. Kit Downes (piano, organ and compositions) is joined by Lucy Railton (cello), forming a pairing that is alive and carefree but is always patient and sensitive. All the rest of Tricko Tareco is Alex Killpartrick (the Third Man), who is behind the dreamy and warped electro-acoustic trickery that shadows and follows. Tricko Tareco enjoys simple things put in weird ways - they released their first EP on Impossible Ark Records in January 2013.
A decade into their tenure, Norwegian Ensemble MOTIF is still polishing the personal sound they have been meticulously shaping since the beginning, a sound labeled as “a remarkable combination of powerful writing, simpatico free play, and stylistic cross-pollination” (John Kelman, Allaboutjazz, on 2008´s “Apo Calypso”).
The musicians unite from the very core of the Norwegian scene, from bands such as Bugge Wesseltoft’s NCOJ, Atomic, Free Fall, Christian Wallumrød Ensemble and Trondheim Jazzorchestra, and are all key players in the young European improvising scene.
In 2010, they released their 4th CD, the box set "Facienda", to rave reviews. Their two last outings, 2008'́s Apo Calypso, and 2010' ́s three CD box set “Facienda”, have both been released on Bugge Wesseltofts ́s JAZZLANDrec, to great reviews. MOTIF has also appeared on a variety of festivals all over the world – the Copenhagen Jazz festival, Bremen Jazz Ahead, Hanoi European Jazz festival, Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Moldejazz and countless clubs all over Europe. They have also toured in Asia, visiting China, Japan (where they ́ve played the renowned Pit Inn club in Tokyo) and Vietnam. The musicians have also performed with/in: Bugge Wesseltoft’s NCOJ, Håvard Wiik Trio, Atomic, Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, Free Fall, Joshua Redman, John Scofield, Lee Konitz, Chick Corea, Jan Garbarek, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Maria Kannegaard Trio, StreifenJunko Motorpsycho, Generator X and the Trondheim Jazzorchestra.
Atle Nymo: Sax and clarinettes
Eivind Lønning: Trumpet
Håvard Wiik: Piano
Ole Morten Vågan: Bass
Håkon Mjåset Johansen: Drums
Playing a very special show, joined by the formidable rhythm section of Olie Brice (bass) and Jeff Williams (drums), we welcome sax supremo Tony Malaby.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Tony Malaby has been permanently based in New York since 1995 and has been a member of many notable jazz groups including Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Mark Helias' Open Loose, Fred Hersch's quintet and Walt Whitman project, Michell Portal's Birdwatcher, various projects with Daniel Humair and bands led by Mario Pavone, Tim Berne, Chris Lightcap, Kris Davis, Angelica Sanchez, Michael Attias and Marty Ehrlich.
His debut cd "Sabino" (Arabesque) made the NY Times and Philadelphia City Paper's top ten jazz lists for 2000. He has a brand new release: "Tamarindo" with bassist William Parker and Nasheet Waits on drums. It is available on the Clean Feed label. His other releases include: "Adobe" available on Sunnyside in the US, featuring Drew Gress and Paul Motian; "Apparitions" on the Songlines label featuring Tom Rainey, Mike Sarin, and Drew Gress; and "Alive in Brooklyn Vol. 1 and Vol. 2" featuring Angelica Sanchez and Tom Rainey.
Tony leads several projects of his own including: APPARITIONS featuring: Drew Gress, Tom Rainey and Mike Sarin. The Tony Malaby CELLO TRIO, featuring Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist John Hollenbeck. The quartet PALOMA RECIO (Loud Dove) with Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik and Nashhet Waits. The trio TAMARINDO featuring bassist William Parker and Nasheet Waits on drums. Tony co-leads the Malaby Sanchez Rainey Trio
Olie Brice is a jazz and improv double bassist, based in London. He leads and composes for The Olie Brice Quartet, featuring Mark Hanslip (tenor), Alex Bonney (trumpet) and Jeff Williams (drums). This band sometimes becomes a quintet with the addition of Waclaw Zimpel (clarinet). Olie's involved in several collaborative projects, including:
Riverloam Trio – (Mikolaj Trzaska – alto sax, bass clarinet and Mark Sanders – drums)
BABs (James Allsopp – bass clarinet, Alex Bonney – laptop)
Catatumbo (trio with Ingrid Laubrock – tenor and Javier Carmona – drums)
Duo with Neil Metcalfe – flute
Trio with Alex Ward - clarinet and Steve Noble – drums
Trio with Dave Birchall – guitar and Phillip Marks – drums
For the last several years Jeff has been dividing his time between New York and London.
Jeff has also been performing with his UK Quintet featuring Finn Peters-alto saxophone and flute, Josh Arcoleo-tenor saxophone, Phil Robson-guitar and Sam Lasserson-bass. Recent appearances have included the London Jazz Festival at the Green Note (2011, 2012, 2013) and the Vortex Jazz Club with pianist Kit Downes added. The Quintet performs at The Amazonas Jazz Festival in Manaus, Brazil on July 26, 2013.
Lucian Ban - piano
Abraham Burton - ten sax
Drew Gress - bass
Eric McPherson - drums
This is the London show of the group's European release tour.
A powerhouse quartet, ELEVATION presents four of the most creative jazz musicians today working at the forefront of contemporary jazz. The NYC based band epitomizes new jazz at its best, music that reinvents the idiom, a sound flux that grows out of the great jazz tradition but looks into the future.
Time Out NY says "Romanian pianist-composer Lucian Ban favors searching postbop that cranes toward the avant-garde without losing the buoyance of swing. Here he heads a stellar supporting cast—saxist Abraham Burton, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Eric McPherson—at a release party for an alternately brawny and reflective new Sunnyside set, Mystery".
Melodic, exciting and beguilingly atmospheric music led by Get The Blessing saxophonist Jake McMurchie and featuring Will Harris on bass, Mark Whitlam on drums, with special guest Dan Messore on guitar.
Electronics and acoustic instruments combine with a minimalist, evolutionary approach to improvisation. At times dark, subtle and movingly beautiful, at others powerful and raw, the results are always innovative, tuneful and exciting.
Scientifically aural magic.
"This hot-shot jazz trio’s debut CD features spaciously atmospheric music that loops and elaborates through group interaction ... The deft use of electronic enhancement in an essentially acoustic adds to a sense of mystery and surprise." Colston Hall, Bristol
"… this band has a subtle range of textures that really needs our attention. The line-up is predictable and promising, with Get The Blessing saxman McMurchie joined by Will Harris (bass) and Mark Whitlam (drums), but the idea is more surprising – loose modal improvisational pieces based on insistence and evolution. It’s a mix of acoustic and electric, with McMurchie’s synth-sax and pedals and Whitlam’s fancy-pad augmented kit adding loops and language beyond the expected. Harris, standing centrally and stooped around his bass, roots much of it with single note repetitions, playing rhythm while Whitlam flourishes around his cymbals or sparks up the electrics. McMurchie coaxes, loops, stutters and wails each piece to life, giving it flavour. Now and then there’s a snappy little tune and, for one number, a surf-pop drumbeat and a wig-out bass like jazz on a 60s Californian beach." Tony Benjamin, Venue Magazine
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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