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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
Fri 22 August 2014

Closed Aug 22 – Sept 1

We’re closed for a summer spruce up and will reopen on September 2nd.

Tue 02 September 2014

Jason Yarde / Oli Hayhurst / Eddie Prévost

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

Following the critical acclaim for drummer Eddie Prévost’s bold series of recorded concerts in 2011, join us for this unique monthly live series, revisiting the Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists recordings and discovering how the music has evolved. Jason Yarde alto…

Wed 03 September 2014

Sara Mitra 7tet

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

Sara Mitra is a singer, songwriter and bandleader whose new music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and country blues. Tonight Mitra previews tracks from her forthcoming second album ‘Losing You’, with a limited-run FREE…

Thu 04 September 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

The Grip: Finn Peters / Oren Marshall / Tom Skinner

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

Finn Peters, flute & saxes Oren Marshall, tuba Tom Skinner, drums Three of Europe’s most in demand and respected jazz musicians combine in a playful, freewheeling and energetic trio. Tonight’s show is the launch of their brand new album ‘Celebrate’…

Fri 05 September 2014

Zoe Francis / Jim Mullen / Steve Watts / Gareth Williams

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

Zoe Francis started singing while living in New York, a time which cemented her love of the American Songbook composers and their lesser known songs. Now shoes making a name for herself in London and will tonight be launching her…

Sat 06 September 2014

Still Waters: Henry Lowther / Dave Green / Paul Clarvis / Pete Hurt / Barry Green

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

A night of the finest music from those who were at the vanguard of the 1960s London jazz scene. HENRY LOWTHER During the sixties Henry was one of the first musicians on the British jazz scene to experiment with total…

Sun 07 September 2014

Corey Mwamba & Deemer

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

Deemer The brain-child of Merijn Royaards and Dee Byrne, Deemer started life in 2006 as a weekly improvisation/electronics session in a warehouse in Hackney Wick. The project has since evolved into an installation/performance based electro-acoustic ‘twomanned’ orchestra, whose aural narratives…

Mon 08 September 2014

Aquarium

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

We’re delighted to welcome back rising star Sam Leak with his magnificent quartet. ‘This is assured and sophisticated acoustic jazz with deep roots in the tradition, that knows exactly what it is trying to do – and succeeds.’ Daniel Spicer,…

Tue 09 September 2014

Sarah Gillespie Quartet: The Life of Bessie Smith

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

Bessie Smith is one of the most iconic artists in jazz and blues history. Her raw, visceral howl of a voice chronicled a life of gin-soaked bar room brawls, renegade lovers and bawdy nights of Harlem vaudeville. This evening the…

Wed 10 September 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Lydian Collective + Only Us

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

LYDIAN COLLECTIVE An exciting 4-piece instrumental group formed by composer / producer Aaron Wheeler (aka Laszlo) and fellow producer and guitarist Todd Baker. Described as “blissfully different”, their refreshing brand of original fusion-based music is rich in harmony and groove,…

Thu 11 September 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Fri 12 September 2014

Julien Lourau / Jim Hart / Dave Maric / Hannes Riepler

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

Electric Biddle is a new band, bringing together French Saxophone Star Julien Lourau, drummer and vibes virtuoso Jim Hart, keys and sound wizard Dave Maric and Austrian born, London based guitarist Hannes Riepler. Somewhere near London’s River Lee and the…

Sun 14 September 2014

London Jazz Orchestra

3:00pm - 5:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Directed by Scott Stroman, the London Jazz Orchestra start their new season of concerts with a bang! Described as “as fine a band as you can find anywhere” (Independent), these up-close-and-personal sessions showcase great writing and soloing from a band…

Babel Records 20th Birthday Bash

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

The Babel Label (“exquisite but eclectic” – allaboutjazz), celebrates its 20th birthday with a special evening of guests and surprises. Since founded by Oliver Weindling, the label has become a home for some of the great recordings of UK music,…

Mon 15 September 2014

SnowPoet + GUFO

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

Evolving ever since it began, SnowPoet comprises many award winning London based musicians. The music draws from folk, alternative and new genres. It speaks of today and the stories presented tell of loss and love. Bassist Chris Hyson and vocalist Lauren…

Tue 16 September 2014

Too Noisy Fish

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

A piano trio that’s at once adventurous, courageous and humorous, Too Noisy Fish released their second album, Fight Eat Sleep, in September 2013, produced by the legendary Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Iggy Pop, Bob…

Wed 17 September 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Clara Sanabras & Friends

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

Tonight we celebrate the release of Clara Sanabras‘ new album Sioux and Gypsy blood runs through Clara’s veins. An exceptionally versatile musician, captivating performer and one of the most original singer-songwriters to emerge from the East London scene, Clara brings…

Thu 18 September 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Acrobat Trio: Will Bartlett / Kristian Borring / Pat Davey

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

Acrobat is a London-based organ trio, founded in 2008 by its three members. The warmth and presence of the classic organ/guitar groups are heard alongside new textures and stylish improvising. Compelling grooves and melodic clarity invite the listener inside one…

Fri 19 September 2014

Kad Achouri

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

The Vortex is delighted to host 5 nights of the 12th London African Music Festival Kad Achouri was born to first generation Algerian Berber parents in the small provincial town of Mazamet in the Tarn, south-west France, in 1969. He…

Sat 20 September 2014

Samy Bishai

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

The Vortex is delighted to host 5 nights of the 12th London African Music Festival Celebrated Egyptian violinist and composer Samy Bishai built his reputation as an outstanding musician through his work with Natacha Atlas, Seckou Keita, Celloman, Digitonal, Zoe…

Sun 21 September 2014

Mopomoso

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

Continuing our monthly Mopomoso series curated by guitarist John Russell & showcasing the best in free improvisation. Emilio Gordoa (vibes) / Roland Ramanan (trumpet) duo Vibraphonist / percussionist Gordoa is ‘redefining the vibraphone as a source, treating it with preparations…

Mon 22 September 2014

NoName Trio

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

NoName Trio “Fill the hall with scintillating talent” ThreeWeeks (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) NoName Trio fuses a concoction of jazz, traditional Iranian music and other influences to produce new compositions and fresh takes on classic jazz covers. Ceri Evans (Piano): Ceri…

Tue 23 September 2014

Rhythm Diaries

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

British-Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger is a singular phenomenon in the world of percussion today. A rhythmic visionary who has unified the percussion traditions of India and the West, Bernhard has collaborated and toured the globe with his band Circle of…

Wed 24 September 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Melange

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

This amazing ensemble is led by renowned jazz and world music cellist Shirley Smart. Shirley spent 10 years in Jerusalem playing and studying the music of the region and Melange seamlessly blends this with popular North African rai and chaabi…

Thu 25 September 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Denys Baptiste’s Triumvirate + Nat Birchall Quintet

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

We’re thrilled to present this double bill of saxophone-led groups; two of the most original in the UK at the moment. Tonight’s concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC R3′s Jazz on 3. Triumvirate ‘Denys Baptiste…taking Europe by storm…

Fri 26 September 2014

Niran Obasa

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

The Vortex is delighted to host 5 nights of the 12th London African Music Festival 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…

Sat 27 September 2014

Rise Kagona

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

The Vortex is delighted to host 5 nights of the 12th London African Music Festival Rise Kagona is a true African music legend. Born in Malawi, Rise Kagona is the founder, lead guitarist and sole remaining member of Zimbabwean rock…

Sun 28 September 2014

The Jeff Chambers Variable n-tet

2:30pm - 5:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

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 brass chorale, the harmonic and rhythmic language of modern…

Coco Mbassi

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

The Vortex is delighted to host 5 nights of the 12th London African Music Festival Coco Mbassi is a singer originating from Cameroon. Her music is a subtle blend of African roots, classical music, jazz and gospel, along with the…

Mon 29 September 2014

Chaos Collective present Glasshopper + Laura Jurd and Corrie Dick

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

Laura Jurd and Corrie Dick These two extremely exciting young musicians present ‘trumpet and drums’ as they transcend into a world of primal creativity, exploring their roots and mankind’s historic fascination with music. LAURA JURD is a London based trumpet…

Tue 30 September 2014

Roland Ramanan Tentet

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

The Roland Ramanan Tentet is a free jazz ensemble inspired by Ramanan’s stint playing in the Peter Brotzmann Tentet. Wailing, whispering; sighing, roaring; this Tentet comprises some of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the UK, Madrid (and beyond)…

Wed 01 October 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Blow the Fuse presents Electric Landladies Unplugged

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

Electric Landladies as you rarely see them – with grand piano, double bass, accordian and ukulele, mambos, tango and blues. Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith, Bee Gees, Abba and the Rolling Stones re-imagined in their journey into an alternate pop reality.…

Thu 02 October 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

SynKoke + schnellertollermeier + Elliot Galvin Trio & Harald Lassen + Pixel

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

SynKoke has for years defined a clear cut razor edge of the Norwegian extreme jazz scene. With the last album Religion in Transit it also merged the classical tradition with it, doing works of Arvo Pärt and Guillaume de Machaut.…

Fri 03 October 2014

​Emily Saunders ESB + special guest Cleveland Watkiss

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

‘Outsiders Insiders’ is already creating a word of mouth buzz prior to its release, showcasing the upbeat summer grooves and Brazilian influences on her debut, reflecting influences including Chick Corea, Airto Moreira and Portishead. Tonight Emily will be joined by…

Sat 04 October 2014

Snorkel + Eirik Tofte M&F Orchestra + Physics House Band + Lunch Money + Twinscapes + Wolfram Trio

8:00pm - 1:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

Wolfram Trio play in the Vortex Downstairs at 8pm, entry is free to see Wolfram Trio Snorkel are an avant-whatever collective exploring the nether regions between the groove and free improvisation; sub-aquatic observations of dub, jazz, Afro-beat, krautrock and electronica. Taking…

Sun 05 October 2014

Quadraceratops & Paradox Ensemble

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

A double bill of medium sized ensembles from the roster of Manchester contemporary jazz/improv/experimental music label Efpi Records, to celebrate the launch of the debut album from Cath Roberts’ septet Quadraceratops Paradox Ensemble Manchester and London-based nonet led by trumpet player…

Mon 06 October 2014

Paul Edis Sextet

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

Led by a ‘brilliant young pianist’ (Alyn Shipton, The Guardian) the Paul Edis Sextet is steeped in the straight-ahead tradition, but with an original and contemporary edge. Their debut album There Will Be Time was voted 3rd best album of 2012…

Tue 07 October 2014

Matt Ridley Trio featuring Jason Yarde

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

In recent years, Matt Ridley has established himself as ‘one of the most exciting young bass players around’ (Marlbank), performing with a who’s who of UK jazz. Stepping up to become a bandleader, his 2013 trio release ‘Thymos’ garnered extensive…

Wed 08 October 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Penny Rimbaud’s L’Académie des Vanités

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

What was Penny Rimbaud’s ‘Last Amendment’, but is now ‘L’Académie des Vanités’, continue their quarterly residency with further adventures into the realms of words and music or, as Rimbaud puts it, ‘the poetry of jazz and the jazz of poetry’.…

Thu 09 October 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Sat 11 October 2014

Ian Shaw

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

“One of the UK’s most honest and musical jazz vocalists” The Guardian Ian Shaw‘s remarkable vocal range and style have seen him breathe new life into pop tunes and standards; he possesses an unfailing ability to reinvent even the most…

Sun 12 October 2014

Anita Wardell

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

Winner of the “Best Jazz Vocalist Category” in the 2013 British Jazz Awards, Wardell is noted for her vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Tonight, Anita will be singing material from back catalogue, preceded by a set from…

Tue 14 October 2014

Bertrand Denzler / John Edwards / Eddie Prévost

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

Following the critical acclaim for drummer Eddie Prévost’s bold series of recorded concerts in 2011, join us for this unique monthly live series, revisiting the Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists recordings and discovering how the music has evolved. Bertrand Denzler tenor…

Wed 15 October 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Match&Fuse and the Vortex present WorldService Project + Zodiak Trio

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

Match&Fuse have supported and presented uncompromising and innovative music since 2011, with tours across 9 European countries and a major festival visiting London, Oslo and Rome. Tonight the punk-jazz of WorldService Project, described as resembling “a scientist at work on…

Thu 16 October 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

The Vortex & The Other Woman present Roshi / You Are Wolf / Amy Kohn

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

The Other Woman – the UK’s only all female new music playlist – broadcasts on Amazing Radio & is presented by Ruth Barnes who searches out the best new music from female artists and female fronted bands. The Vortex and…

Fri 17 October 2014

Oriole

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

Guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips’ Oriole features a unique set of musicians chosen for their musical openness, empathetic playing and ability to assimilate folkloric styles into a contemporary sound. First formed in 2004 their members represent something of a F-IRE…

Sat 18 October 2014

Chris Cheek / Hannes Riepler / James Maddren

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

After a recent encounter at the Vortex Downstairs Jazz Night, Hannes Riepler invites Chris Cheek to play upstairs at the Vortex. They will be playing new music inspired by this collaboration, also featuring master drummer James Maddren and a bassist…

Sun 19 October 2014

London Jazz Orchestra

3:00pm - 5:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Directed by Scott Stroman, the London Jazz Orchestra has been described as “as fine a band as you can find anywhere” (The Independent). These up-close-and-personal sessions showcase great writing and soloing from a band that includes many of London’s top…

Mopomoso

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

This monthʼs Mopomoso programme of free improvised music features musicianʼs from Japan, Belgium, France and the UK in three contrasting and inspiring trios. Run entirely by volunteers Mopomoso plays host to the UKʼs longest running concert series dedicated to free…

Mon 20 October 2014

Martin Speake / Douglas Finch / Oren Marshall / Mark Sanders

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

Alto saxophonist Martin Speake launches two new cds of improvised music on his own Pumpkin Records label with three sets of music. The first set will be a duo with virtuoso improvising classical pianist Douglas Finch. “He hears everything and…

Tue 21 October 2014

Evan Parker + Joe McPhee / Chris Corsano / John Edwards

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

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark…

Wed 22 October 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Thu 23 October 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Evan Parker + Black Top / John Edwards / Steve Noble

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

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark…

Fri 24 October 2014

Roller Trio

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

“Dark, menacing, bass heavy – the new sound of UK jazzzzzzz!” Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music Roller Trio‘s music is a fresh, visceral stew of conventional and experimental sounds that features stonking riffs, thrashy noise, evocative songs and electronic soundscapes.…

Sat 25 October 2014

Evan Parker + Trance Map Quartet

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

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt Evan Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s. To mark…

Mon 27 October 2014

Rowland Sutherland / Ansuman Biswas / Pat Thomas / Guillaume Viltard

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

Rowland’s quartet is a new dynamic group of highly respected musicians merging to create something transcendental, colourful, expansive, otherworldly and deep. Music that is both driven and inventive with the occasional subterraneous excursion. Evocative, worldly explorations of free improvisation, jazz…

Tue 28 October 2014

Enrico Pieranunzi Trio, New Mediterranean Tales

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

When “Racconti Mediterranei” (Mediterranean Tales) was released by Egea records at the beginning of the last decade, a lot of people made a lot of noise. The CD gave us a chamber ensemble characterised by refined and evocative sounds. In…

Wed 29 October 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Jon Lloyd Group

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

Jon Lloyd / John Law / Rob Palmer / Tom Farmer / Dave Hamblett Catch the group in London as part of their UK tour “A saxophone delivery as persuasive as a speaking voice. Lloyd should be seen and heard…

Thu 30 October 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Fri 31 October 2014

Kansas Smitty’s House Band

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

The Kansas Smitty’s House Band sprang from the need of a young, innovative group of jazz musicians to have a home in which to craft their collective sound. When Smitty’s eight members get together, they play with unmasked joy on…

Sun 02 November 2014

Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra

3:00pm - 5:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

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…

Rachel Musson / Liam Noble / Mark Sanders & Broca Ensemble

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

Broca Ensemble Occupying the space somewhere between minimalism, classical and ambient, the Broca Ensemble play soundscapes for large guitar ensemble. Formed in South East London in 2010, the group has grown from an original four members to now having, on…

Mon 03 November 2014

Blueblut + Sebastian Rochford & Pamelia Kurstin

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

A night of experimental sounds featuring two of the most exciting drummers around BLUEBLUT Pamelia Kurstin, theremin Mark Holub, drums Chris Janka, guitar A broken wind up children’s toy, driving drums, theremin and distorted guitar crash together in this fun,…

Tue 04 November 2014

John Renbourn & Wizz Jones

8:00pm - 11:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Two of the greatest folk artists of our time on one stage! Luminary acoustic guitarist and songwriter John Renbourn is best known for his collaboration with Bert Jansch, and also enjoyed great success with folk/jazz fusion band Pentangle with whom…

Wed 05 November 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Thu 06 November 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Sat 08 November 2014

Sound Of Yell

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

Sound of Yell, named after the body of water surrounding the Shetland isle, are a unique ensemble exploring the space where folk and jazz meet. The group is led by Stevie Jones (Arab Strap, Alasdair Roberts and Friends, El Hombre…

Tue 11 November 2014

Evan Parker / John Edwards / Eddie Prévost

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

Following the critical acclaim for drummer Eddie Prévost’s bold series of recorded concerts in 2011, join us for this unique monthly live series, revisiting the Meetings With Remarkable Saxophonists recordings and discovering how the music has evolved. Evan Parker tenor…

Wed 12 November 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Luke Abbott + Jack Wylie

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

The slow-burning success of his 2010 album debut “Holkham Drones” was something of a dream induction into the world of professional music-making for Norfolk’s Luke Abbott. The electronic opus landed in Mojo’s Electronica Albums of 2010’ list, amongst wide-spread critical acclaim.…

Thu 13 November 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Fri 14 November 2014

Bokani Dyer / Soweto Kinch / Neil Charles / Chris Williams

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

Following his first ever London show right here at the Vortex in May, we’re thrilled to welcome back this formidable young talent. Tonight Dyer will be joined by an equally exciting group of UK musicians. Botswana-born pianist Bokani Dyer has…

Sat 15 November 2014

Hyperactive Kid + Kit Downes & Lucy Railton’s Tricko Tareco + Starlight

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

A night of intrepid new music from Berlin and London. HYPERACTIVE KID Philipp Gropper – tenor saxophone / soprano saxophone Ronny Graupe – 7 string electric guitar Christian Lillinger – drums HYPERACTIVE KID is a band made up of three…

Sun 16 November 2014

London Jazz Orchestra

3:30pm - 5:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

The LJO present an explosion of new work! Now in its 28th anniversary year at the Vortex, the LJO features many of London’s top soloists and composers.  For this years EFG London Jazz Festival, the LJO premiers a whole host…

Mopomoso

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

Founded by renowned guitarist John Russell and run entirely by volunteers, Mopomoso hosts the UK’s longest running unbroken concert series dedicated to free improvisation. For this year’s London Jazz Festival Mopomoso presents a programme ranging from gentle acoustic melodies to pure electronic sounds,…

Mon 17 November 2014

Tori Handsley Trio + Ollie Howell Quintet

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

Tori Handsley Trio Featured in Jazzwise Magazine’s ‘Who to Look out for in 2014′ Composer, arranger and performer, playing pedal, electric and Latin harps. Tori Handsley is renowned for her unique take on the harp. Her contemporary electric-harp led trio…

Tue 18 November 2014

Lafayette Gilchrist / Paul Dunmall / Mark Sanders

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

Pianist & composer Lafayette Gilchrist leads genre-defying band The New Volcanoes, while his solo work and trio Inside Out invite adventurous ears everywhere to enter his world. Tonight he’ll be playing with two of the UK’s most established improvisers; Paul…

Wed 19 November 2014

Tots Tunes

11:00am - 12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Emile Parisien Quartet + Alexander Hawkins

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

Tonight the Quartet celebrate the launch new album ‘Special Snack’, released on ACT. Emile Parisien Quartet Since 2004, these young musicians have impressed audiences with a rare spirit and maturity. Critics in France have been quick to champion them too,…

Thu 20 November 2014

Tots Tunes

10:00am - 11:45am @ Vortex Jazz Club

For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s) Created and led by Tara Franks. This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes. All accompanied by cello or djembe.…

Late Sessions: Finn Peters Curates – Jason Yarde’s The Blue Box Diaries

12:00pm - 2:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

Reeds player Finn Peters curates three late night sessions at the Vortex – catch them after the evening concerts. The Independent has described Finn’s music as “nothing like you have ever heard before” so expect the same from these shows!…

Evan Parker / Sten Sandell / John Edwards / Paul Lytton

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

Evan Parker’s monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. Tonight Parker is joined by Sten Sandell (piano), John Edwards (bass) and Paul Lytton (drums). ‘If you’ve ever been tempted by free improvisation, Parker is your gateway drug.’ Stewart…

Fri 21 November 2014

Late Sessions: Finn Peters Curates – Prescott

12:00pm - 2:00am @ Vortex Jazz Club

Reeds player Finn Peters curates three late night sessions at the Vortex – catch them after the evening concerts. The Independent has described Finn’s music as “nothing like you have ever heard before” so expect the same from these shows!…

Partisans

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

A very special show, celebrating the release of their new album ‘Swamp’ on Whirlwind records. “Godfathers of the ferocious UK ‘post-jazz’ groups.” The Times Since their formation in 1996 Partisans has been thrilling audiences the world over with their ferociously…

Sat 22 November 2014

Late Sessions: Finn Peters Curates – Tiny Beast

12:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Reeds player Finn Peters curates three late night sessions at the Vortex – catch them after the evening concerts. The Independent has described Finn’s music as “nothing like you have ever heard before” so expect the same from these shows.…

Led Bib

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

Following their UK tour and an electrifying 3 night residency at the Vortex in the Spring, Led Bib are back for their final London gig of the year, playing music from ‘The People In Your Neighbourhood’ (Cuneiform) – their ‘Best…

Sun 23 November 2014

Yazz Ahmed: Family Hafla

3:00pm - 5:30pm @ Vortex Jazz Club

Hafla: an Arabic word, meaning a friendly social gathering, a relaxed meeting of minds, over coffee and dates; a party; a concert. Yazz Ahmed warmly invites you to spend an afternoon with her extended musical family, as she combines her…