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Vortex Jazz Club

On the first floor of the Dalston Culture House, the Vortex Jazz Club is our nightly venue. Mostly music & with a focus on jazz; spoken word, multi-media, afternoon gigs at the weekend & wide variety of other genres are also to be found – see Events Programme for details. Private hire is also possible – find out in the Use This Space section.

Opening Times:
8pm-Midnight daily

11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ
020 7254 4097
  • Upcoming Events
Tue 31 May 2016

Royal Academy of Music Final Recitals

7:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

A chance to hear the stars of tomorrow, as they undertake their final recital

Thu 02 June 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Olie Brice Quintet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

As ever it’s a delight to welcome back Olie Brice, especially with his own band. Olie is well know to Vortex audiences, having performed here with Tony Malaby, Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker and many others.  He has released recently a…

Fri 03 June 2016

Sarah Gillespie

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Sarah Gillespie was born to an American mother, and British father. She has been  inspired by Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter, and early Blues and Jazz.  At age four she began to compose songs on the piano, by age…

Sat 04 June 2016

REBETIKO CARNIVAL 2016 PRESENTS: HOMAGE TO VAMVAKARIS – THE PATRIARCH OF REBETIKO

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Born on the island of Syros in 1905, from the humblest of roots, Markos Vamvakaris became revered as the Godfather of Rebetiko music. His uniquely simple way of playing the bouzouki together with his deep, earthy, ‘metallic’ voice became the…

Sun 05 June 2016

Lume presents: ENTROPI & MIKE CHILLINGWORTH TRIO

7:30pm - 9:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

The last Lume promotion of the season pairs Dee Byrne’s ENTROPI and the MIKE CHILLINGWORTH TRIO. With a mouthwatering array of talent, a night to celebrate!

Mon 06 June 2016

Raymond MacDonald/Günter Baby Sommer + Julia Kadel

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

This concert covers two generations of German jazz – matching one of the greats and one of the newest hopes Günter ‘Baby’ Sommer is one of the great drummers of European jazz and improvised music. A member of the seminal…

Tue 07 June 2016

Alexander Hawkins/Francois Houle/John Edwards + In Love With

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

François Houle/John Edwards/Alexander Hawkins Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces. Inspired by collaborations with the world’s top musical innovators, François has developed a unique…

Wed 08 June 2016

Blow the Fuse presents Yazz Ahmed Quartet + Nubya Garcia and Sheila Maurice-Grey Quintet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Blow the Fuse continues their celebrated TOMORROW THE MOON IV season at the Vortex – double bills  featuring some of the UK’s finest, original contemporary jazz all led by women. One small step for woman… Yazz Ahmed Quartet Yazz will be…

Thu 09 June 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Vento em Madeira

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Formed only four years ago Vento Em Madeira have already become one of the foremost instrumental groups in Brazil today, with two nominations at the 25th Brazilian Music Awards 2014 – Best instrumental group and Best release. Their sound is…

Fri 10 June 2016

Stephen Davis’ Human

Human is the world-class quartet assembled by Irish-born drummer and composer Stephen Davis. For this exciting new project, he’s joined by three of the most creative young artists on the UK left-field jazz and Improv scene: Alexander Hawkins on piano,…

Sat 11 June 2016

The PIGFOOT Shuffle

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Tonight Pigfoot will invite the audience to choose the repertoire from the hat, so Wagner will be rubbing shoulders with Bessie Smith, Lieber & Stoller, Smokey Robinson, Richard Strauss, Stevie Wonder, Fats Waller and Puccini, all spontaneously transformed by the band’s wild musicality and wry humour.

Sun 12 June 2016

Elliot Galvin / Mark Sanders – Weather album launch

7:30pm - 10:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

JUST ANNOUNCED – Special guest tonight will be Steve Beresford Internationally renowned drummer Mark Sanders and rising star pianist Elliot Galvin come together to perform two sets of freely improvised music and celebrate the launch of their new Babel CD,…

Mon 13 June 2016

WARRIORS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS: FREEDOM

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Known for its wild, totally free evenings of challenging and up-lifting improvisations which have consistently united a cross cultural and cross generational posse of players, Freedom will continue to pursue the promise of legendary associations like the AACM, the Black…

Tue 14 June 2016

LISA ULLÉN | MARK SANDERS | JOHN EDWARDS

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Lisa and Mark were brought together by Okkyung Lee for her curation at Wels Festival 2014 and decided they should play again, Mark and John are first call rhythm section to many world class musicians recently including Wadada Leo Smith…

Wed 15 June 2016

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Jazz Band

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Hailing from California, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Jazz Band combines the professionalism of a working big band with cutting-edge big band repertoire. The band has performed repeat engagements at major jazz venues throughout California, including the world’s largest jazz festival…

Thu 16 June 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Julian Argüelles Tetra

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

JULIAN ARGÜELLES TETRA Julian Argüelles (leader / sax / compositions) Kit Downes (piano) Sam Lasserson (bass) James Maddren (drums) A welcome return for Tetra, and a rare chance to hear Julian as composer and leader. From his beginnings with the…

Fri 17 June 2016

Filomena Campus

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Filomena Campus – vocals Steve Lodder – piano Dudley Phillips – bass Adriano Adewale – drums/percussion   Award winning jazz vocalist, lyricist, lecturer and theatre director Filomena Campus brings to the Vortex her Jester of Jazz project  written with fellow…

Sun 19 June 2016

Nikki Yeoh Solo Gemini album launch

7:30pm - 10:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

At last! The first solo piano album by Nikki Yeoh that we have been waiting for for 25 years. This will be a very special night to celebrate and enjoy. Nikki Yeoh is a creative free spirit who, although deeply…

Mon 20 June 2016

SOLSTICE AT THE VORTEX

7:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Featuring: -Morley Jazz Orchestra -Trombone Poetry -hKippers -G-bop Orchestra -John Eacott’s Hour Angle A solstice festival bringing together old and new works. Richard Peaslee composed ‘Stonehenge Suite’ in 1963 having been arranger for Stan Kenton. This demanding and brilliant work…

Tue 21 June 2016

TRINITY LABAN JAZZ POSTGRADUATES & CHOIR

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

With award winning flautist Gareth Lockrane and celebrated pianist Nikki Iles directing postgraduate students and internationally acclaimed director Pete Churchill leading the Jazz Choir. Featuring celebrated international artists and some of the UK’s very best young jazz talents, the Inside…

Wed 22 June 2016

Niran Obasa

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

  Nigerian pianist Niran Obasa established his name as one of the foremost session musicians and the gospel music in Lagos. He is the keyboardist with The Yoruba Women Choir and The Rhythms. Lately he focuses on his compositions that…

Thu 23 June 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Fri 24 June 2016

REBETIKO CARNIVAL 2016 PRESENTS: LYRICISM OF SMYRNA

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

The internationally renowned Greek violinist, Kyriakos Gouvendas and singer Marina Deligianni are joined by musicians of the Rebetiko Carnival 2016, to present a selection of songs from famous composers from Asia Minor such as Skarvelis, Peristeris, and Toundas. These composers…

Sat 25 June 2016

Simon Purcell Quintet

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Simon Purcell – piano Chris Batchelor – trumpet Julian Seigel – tenor and soprano saxophones Gene Calderazzo – drums Steve Watts – bass This quintet follows the release of his album Red Circle in 2014. The review from allaboutjazz describes the…

Mon 27 June 2016

MICHAEL CHILLINGWORTH – ‘SCRATCH & SIFT’ (Album Launch)

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Michael Chillingworth: Alto Sax/Clarinet Josh Arcoleo: Tenor Sax Tom Challenger: Tenor Sax/Clarinet George Crowley: Bass Clarinet Ralph Wyld: Vibraphone Sam Lasserson: Bass Jon Scott: Drums Michael Chillingworth leads a vibrant ensemble, launching his latest release, Scratch & Sift, on Two…

Tue 28 June 2016

REBETIKO CARNIVAL 2016 PRESENTS: SONGS OF ISTANBUL

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Cigdem and the ensemble will perform songs reflecting the diversity of early 20th century Istanbul. Musicians: Cidgem Aslan, vocals Çiğdem Aslan is an Istanbul-born singer who sings in many languages and regional styles, including Turkish, Kurdish, Greek, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Roma, and…

Wed 29 June 2016

East European Jazz Night

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Gina Boreham presents her monthly night of Balkan, Gypsy and East European jazz.

Thu 30 June 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Fri 01 July 2016

WORLD MUSIC WORKSHOP BAND, feat. Paul Bartholomew and Neil Waters

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Another chance to hear this exciting blend of music from twenty horns, featuring jazz, African and ska grooves, this time under the joint leadership of saxophonist Paul Bartholomew and trumpeter Neil Waters and supported by the phenomenal bass and drums…

Thu 07 July 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Fri 08 July 2016

Grand Union Orchestra Festival at the Vortex

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Grand Union Orchestra brings to the Vortex three days of their various projects into the more intimate setting of the Vortex.

Sat 09 July 2016

Grand Union Orchestra Festival at the Vortex

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Grand Union Orchestra brings to the Vortex three days of their various projects into the more intimate setting of the Vortex.

Sun 10 July 2016

Grand Union Orchestra Festival at the Vortex

7:30pm - 10:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Grand Union Orchestra brings to the Vortex three days of their various projects into the more intimate setting of the Vortex.

Mon 11 July 2016

Ches Smith/Craig Taborn/Mat Maneri

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

JUST ANNOUNCED! Ches Smith (drums, percussion, vibes), Craig Taborn (piano), Mat Maneri (viola) As Ches describes it himself: “An improvising trio that plays compositions as well. THE BELL, out January 15, 2016 on ECM, is just that, Craig, Mat and…

Thu 14 July 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Thu 21 July 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Thu 28 July 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Sat 08 October 2016

Malija

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Mark Lockheart, Jasper Høiby, Liam Noble. Three of the great heroes of the Vortex team up to create the imaginative and enjoyable jazz that we have been led to expect from them all. MALIJA was formed in 2014 as a…

Thu 13 October 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Thu 20 October 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Thu 27 October 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Fri 11 November 2016

EFG London Jazz Festival 11-20 November 2016

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

The Vortex will host a wondrous selection of artists during the London Jazz Festival. So far, this is likely to include Medusa Beats (with Benoît Delbecq), Clark Tracey, Camilla George, Julie Sassoon, Dice Factory, Bruno Heinen and Camerata Alma Viva,…

Thu 22 December 2016

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

The very popular music sessions for parents and little ones (0-5 yr olds).  Described as “uplifting and energising” and “such a fun, high quality experience“.   These interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them…

Schlippenbach Trio – Two night residency

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Evan Parker plays monthly at the Vortex. It is therefore with the greatest of pleasure that we welcome back the Schlippenbach Trio for the climax of its annual Winterreise tour for two nights. A marvellous free jazz trio/comprising Alex von…

Fri 23 December 2016

Schlippenbach Trio – Two night residency

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Evan Parker plays monthly at the Vortex. It is therefore with the greatest of pleasure that we welcome back the Schlippenbach Trio for the climax of its annual Winterreise tour for two nights. A marvellous free jazz trio/comprising Alex von…

Sun 16 April 2017

Intakt Records festival 15-27 April 2017

8:00pm - 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

A festival celebrating one of the most imaginative record labels in Europe today. The artists on the label range from Barry Guy (who will be celebrating his 70th birthday in 2017), the best of NY Downtown, such as Ingrid Laubrock…