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Noble, Sanders, Smith Trio (2nd show)


Liam Noble – piano
Mark Sanders – drums
Harrison Smith – saxophones / bass clarinet



Liam Noble piano

He has performed and recorded with Stan Sulzmann, Anita Wardell, John Stevens and Harry Beckett, Phil Robson with the New York rhythm section of Drew Gress and Tom Rainey on bass and drums. “Sleepthief” a free improv trio with Tom Rainey and Ingrid Laubrock. Other frequent collaborators have included Christine Tobin, Paul Clarvis and Julian Siegel. His growing reputation as a free improviser has also resulted in recent performances with Mary Halverson, Marc Ducret, Mat Maneri, Evan Parker, Okkyung Lee and Peter Evans.

“Liam Noble, a musician who just keeps getting better” The Guardian

“a brilliant pianist” John Fordham, The Guardian


Mark Sanders drums

Mark has had a career taking in many styles and genres, from classical to free improvisation. He has played with many renowned improvising musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Okkyung Lee, Barry Guy, Jah Wobble, Charles Gayle, Peter Evans, Trevor Watts, William Parker, Nate Wooley, Ivo Perelman and Nicole Mitchell.

a gifted player capable of seamless movement between free-rhythms and propulsive swing” John Fordham. The Guardian

“…Mark is just incredible and immensely diverse, it is difficult to tell what he is doing to get some of these sounds.”

Bruce L Gallenter Downtown Music Gallery. NY


Harrison Smith – tenor/soprano saxophones bass clarinet

Harrison has performed across a wide spectrum of the music, from jazz standards to the cutting edge and experimental. He has worked with the American pianist Marilyn Crispell, Chris McGregor, Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett, Louis Moholo  and has performed with such varied groups as S. African inspired ‘District Six’, Barry Guy’s’ London Jazz Composers Orchestra’, the ’ Free Jazz Quartet’ with Paul Rutherford and Eddie Prevost, a duo with Jim Dvorak,, and the  “Harrison Smith Quartet (with Liam Noble on piano)

 “Smith’s qualitative music-making looms rather large among the hordes of jazz ensemble offerings that hit the streets on a regular basis.” U.S.A

“the ease with which he combines apparent opposites (structure/freeform, smooth/abrasive, harmony/dissonance) is a hallmark of his highly individual style.” Brian Morton Penguin book of Jazz



Welcome to the Vortex. Although the government is relaxing its Covid restrictions on July 19th 2021 the Vortex will continue to operate measures to protect users of the premises.

Please note the following:

  • Please buy tickets in advance as there will be no door sales.
  • We ask you not to attend gigs if you have or think you may have any Covid-19 symptoms. If you can’t make a gig because you have to self-isolate then just get in touch by filling out this form and we’ll give you a voucher for another gig.
  • We will ask you on entry to sign in for NHS Test and Trace either using the NHS Covid app or manually
  • There will be no standing at gigs. Everyone who books a ticket will be allocated a seat, but we cannot guarantee that you will have a table.
  • Orders for drinks and snacks will be taken and paid for using the Butlr app which you can download on arrival. (If you do not have a smartphone then your order will be taken at the table and you can make a contactless payment. We do not accept cash.)
  • We ask that everyone wears a mask when moving around inside the building.
  • Automatic hand sanitiser stations are provided at various places within the building and we encourage regular use of hand sanitiser.
  • Full details of the measures that we are taking to prevent transmission of Covid are set out in our risk assessment and management plan which can be found on our website.
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