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David Mossman, who founded the Vortex in 1988, died peacefully on 8 December in Margate. We are more determined than ever that the club, as his legacy, will continue.
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11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ
020 7254 4097
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Mon 10 December 2018


The core team consists of Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, Tori Handsley and Paul Bradshaw who are joined by an array of guests. You never know who’s going to drop in.…

Tue 11 December 2018

Brodie Jarvie Quintet

A cosmopolitan line-up of musicians from as far afield as Mexico and South Korea are anchored by the music of bassist Brodie Jarvie.

Wed 12 December 2018

Helena Kay’s KIM Trio: Album Launch

Fresh from an extended stay in NYC, tenor saxophonist Helena Kay brings her dynamic KIM trio back to the Vortex to launch their new album. Come and check out why she is a star to watch.

Thu 13 December 2018

Deirdre Cartwright Group ‘Play’

Deirdre Cartwright guitar Louise Elliott  saxophone and flute, Alison Rayner  double bass Simon Pearson  drums   Exciting, original contemporary jazz fusion.   “If there is a more complete guitarist in contemporary music than Deirdre Cartwright…

Fri 14 December 2018

Annie Whitehead workshop band

Another chance to hear this exciting blend of music from twenty horns, featuring jazz, African and Latin grooves, under the leadership of trombone virtuoso Annie Whitehead and supported by the…

Sat 15 December 2018

Barb Jungr’s Festive Feelings

Internationally acclaimed singer in the worlds of jazz and cabaret, Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of well-known songs, and highly skilled approach to re-arranging music.

Sun 16 December 2018

Mopomoso Christmas Party

Christmas Party Every year Mopomoso hosts a variety of musicians from across the free improvised music scene to come and play in a series of five to ten minute cameo…

Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra

Presenting a new “Christ-Mess Extravaganza” alongside their successful first album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’, this is contemporary big band originals genre swinging into the future of jazz.

Mon 17 December 2018


Our monthly residency continues for a big band initiated by bassist Calum Gourlay, known for his great work with Thelonious, an award-winning solo album and more. “I want it to…

Tue 18 December 2018

Wed 19 December 2018

Thu 20 December 2018

Evan Parker and friends

Evan Parker ends another year of regular nights at the Vortex as he has been doing for the past 50 years and as he means to go on – with…

Fri 21 December 2018

Cleveland Watkiss Sings The Great Jamaican Song Book

Cleveland Watkiss sings the songs of Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson, and more, with an all-star band including Orphy Robinson MBE. Recent concerts by this group sold out, so book early!

Sat 22 December 2018

Tony Kofi

One of this country’s liveliest musicians whose credits range as far as Ornette Coleman and beyond celebrates the festive season. Picking from a repertoire that will include Duke Ellington and…

Fri 28 December 2018


Ray Carless is a talented Jamaican saxophonist whose musical career spans almost 40 years. He started started out on his musical journey working with a wide variety of pop jazz…

Sat 29 December 2018


Legendary English guitarist John Etheridge brings sensational new vocal star Vimala Rowe to the Vortex for another evening of passion and soul. John will play some of his celebrated solo…

Sun 30 December 2018

Mon 31 December 2018

Ian Shaw’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Always great in these intimate gigs, Britain’s finest jazz vocalist, producer and songsmith, Ian Shaw hosts an exuberant party with a set of appropriately festive songs. Whether it’s his radical…

Fri 04 January 2019

Scott Stroman’s New Exiles

The international group The New Exiles return to the Vortex after last year’s sold- out New Year’s gigs. American singer Scott Stroman is joined by Swedish saxophonist Cennet Jönsson and…

Sun 06 January 2019


This long-awaited memorial celebration of a unique musician will take the form of two concerts where a veritable host of associated musicians will play a selection of some of Phil Miller’s best loved compositions.

Wed 09 January 2019


Talinka defies boundaries between styles and genres. It is where folk, early music, jazz and tango merge into simplicity, harmony and warmth.  Talinka creates a new distinctive sound that explores the unique…

Thu 10 January 2019

RESOLUTE + friends + Clarkson/Williams

Raph Clarkson (trombone, FX) + Chris Williams (sax) will perform a freely improvised set, interacting with the live painting of Aurelie Freoua. The second set will see RESOLUTE preview their forthcoming…

Sat 12 January 2019

Janette Mason’s Red Alert

Combining synthesizers with piano for this album, Janette aims to stay true to her unique compositional style whilst developing a new contemporary jazz sound. Joining her in this new venture…

Sun 13 January 2019


The John Bennett Band is a 15 piece jazz ensemble. The music is structured whilst also allowing for interplay between the musicians. John describes the band as not a “…

Mon 14 January 2019

Thu 17 January 2019

Uncanny Valley

‘The group formed in July 2017 and perform original music composed by the British contingent of it’s members. Challenger and Donkin are long-time associates from London, where Challenger still resides.…

Fri 18 January 2019

Sat 19 January 2019

Sun 20 January 2019

Mon 10 December 2018


The core team consists of Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, Tori Handsley and Paul Bradshaw who are joined by an array of guests. You never know who’s going to drop in.…

Sun 09 December 2018

London Jazz Orchestra

The London Jazz Orchestra Vortex Sessions, at 28 years old, is London’s longest jazz residency. Under the direction of Scott Stroman, the band seems to go from strength to strength,…

Sat 08 December 2018

Fri 07 December 2018

Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan

Devin Gray – Drums; Dave Ballou​ – Trumpet; Ellery Eskelin​ – Tenor Saxophone; Michael Formanek​ – Bass. Top Downtown New York jazzers come to Dalston: earworm melody, richly implied harmony and a loose-limbed sense of rhythm as something physical and flowing

Thu 06 December 2018

Mike De Souza Trio – Road Fork EP Launch

Mike De Souza Trio will launch their first EP ‘Road Fork’ at the Vortex. Expect Guitar heavy compositions, with influences ranging from Radiohead to Messiaen.

Wed 05 December 2018

Tue 04 December 2018

Mon 03 December 2018

Svarc Hanley Longhawn

Svarc Hanley Longhawn Nick Svarc – Guitar Steve Hanley – Drums Martin Longhawn – Organ Formed in 2012, Svarc Hanley Longhawn are a collaborative band performing original music with influences…

Sun 02 December 2018

Jeff Chambers Variable N-tet

Appearing as the 16 piece Large n-semble, The Variable n-tet is a flexible n-piece band playing music composed by Jeff Chambers. The music draws on the depth and richness of the…

Sat 01 December 2018

David Torn solo + Sonar with David Torn (2 Nights)

The beast comes out! It’s guitarist David Torn and Swiss progressive quartet Sonar performing for two nights. Sonar is a mathematically oriented, rhythmically-based quartet that formed a temporary quintet by adding Torn’s as the third guitar, and his unconventional looping and sound manipulations.

Fri 30 November 2018


Co-led by Brigitte Beraha & Barry Green and featuring legends Chris Laurence & Paul Clarvis, this ‘remarkable quartet’ play the final concert of their much-anticipated 20-date 2018 UK tour.

Thu 29 November 2018

Lorraine Baker – ‘Eden’ Album Launch

Rising star Lorraine Baker bursts onto the UK Jazz Scene to launch her debut album “Eden.” Her individual style has gained attention from top international musicians, describing her playing as “magical” and “deeply rooted in the tradition of the great drummers of jazz.”

The show focuses on tunes famously played by late drummer Ed Blackwell, re-arranged and using newly composed elements to give the music an edgy modern twist, perfectly showcasing the all star band and Lorraine’s unique sound as an improviser. Expect a fusion of afro, dance and rock grooves with driving swing and elements of free improvisation.

Wed 28 November 2018

Tue 27 November 2018

Eirik Svela Group

Featuring an exciting mix of Norwegian and UK jazz musicians this band preforms original music that effortlessly combines pretty melodies and complicated chord changes.

Mon 26 November 2018

Calum Gourlay Big Band

Our monthly residency continues for a big band initiated by bassist Calum Gourlay, known for his great work with Thelonious, an award-winning solo album and more. “I want it to…

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

Words & Jazz

Words & Jazz SPECIAL!! Join us in the cosy downstairs bar for a night to remember – award winning poets and musicians!

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.

Wed 21 November 2018

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

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