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Fri 20 May 2022

ENEMY (1st show)

Petter Eldh (bass), Kit Downes (piano) and James Maddren (drums) are ‘ENEMY’. Based in London and Berlin, they play expressive and complex music – light-speed rhythmic patterns and dense harmonic clusters collide in a unique and formidable combination of voices that has been described as both “fiercely intense” and “beautifully intricate”.

ENEMY (2nd show)

Petter Eldh (bass), Kit Downes (piano) and James Maddren (drums) are ‘ENEMY’. Based in London and Berlin, they play expressive and complex music – light-speed rhythmic patterns and dense harmonic clusters collide in a unique and formidable combination of voices that has been described as both “fiercely intense” and “beautifully intricate”.

Sat 21 May 2022

Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball (1st show)

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. With Andy Davies (trumpet) Alex Webb (piano), Andy Champion (bass) and Alfonso Vitale (drums) the group traces the explosive music of Cannonball Adderley from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s.

Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball (2nd show)

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. With Andy Davies (trumpet) Alex Webb (piano), Andy Champion (bass) and Alfonso Vitale (drums) the group traces the explosive music of Cannonball Adderley from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s.

Sun 22 May 2022

Vortex Jam Session hosted by Riley Stone-Lonergan

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson and tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan, each one hosting one session on rotation.

Wed 25 May 2022

Heidi Vogel (1st Show)

Playing the music of Sarah Vaughan, singer Heidi Vogel returns to the Vortex with fantastic band featuring: Will Barry (piano), Tom Farmer (bass) & Shane Forbes (drums).

Heidi Vogel (2nd Show)

Playing the music of Sarah Vaughan, singer Heidi Vogel returns to the Vortex with fantastic band featuring: Will Barry (piano), Tom Farmer (bass) & Shane Forbes (drums).

Thu 26 May 2022

Fri 27 May 2022

Sat 28 May 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Arun Ghosh (1st show)

Award-winning clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh makes an eagerly anticipated return to The Vortex, performing music from new album, Seclused in Light.

Arun Ghosh (2nd show)

Award-winning clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh makes an eagerly anticipated return to The Vortex, performing music from new album, Seclused in Light.

Sun 29 May 2022

On y va jazz band

Join the “On y va” Jazz Band for an afternoon of live music mixing standards, French, South African and Latin!

Thu 02 June 2022

Alexander Hawkins Trio (1st show)

Composer, pianist, organist Alexander Hawkins brings his trio to the Vortex featuring long time associates Neil Charles on bass (Mingus Big Band, Terence Blanchard, Sun Ra Arkestra) and Stephen Davis on drums (Django Bates, John Taylor, Rufus Reid).

Alexander Hawkins Trio (2nd show)

Composer, pianist, organist Alexander Hawkins brings his trio to the Vortex featuring long time associates Neil Charles on bass (Mingus Big Band, Terence Blanchard, Sun Ra Arkestra) and Stephen Davis on drums (Django Bates, John Taylor, Rufus Reid).

Fri 03 June 2022

Calum Gourlay Quintet (1st show)

A brand new line up featuring Calum’s original quartet members Helena Kay & Kieran McLeod along side Drum legend Jeff Williams & one of Londons leading pianists Tom Cawley.

Calum Gourlay Quintet (2nd show)

A brand new line up featuring Calum’s original quartet members Helena Kay & Kieran McLeod along side Drum legend Jeff Williams & one of Londons leading pianists Tom Cawley.

Sat 04 June 2022

Sean Gibbs (1st show)

Sean Gibbs is a London based trumpet player/composer, known for his work with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Calum Gourlay Big Band, Young Pilgrims and many others. Tonight he will be performing material from his album ‘When Can I See You Again?’, released with Ubuntu Music.

Sean Gibbs (2nd show)

Sean Gibbs is a London based trumpet player/composer, known for his work with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Calum Gourlay Big Band, Young Pilgrims and many others. Tonight he will be performing material from his album ‘When Can I See You Again?’, released with Ubuntu Music.

Tue 07 June 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Wed 08 June 2022

Sultan Stevenson Trio (1st Show)

The trio can be characterised by being highly interactive, they explore group improvisation. Their playing is loose and at times resorts into free improvisation. Sultan’s writing is purposed to uplift and maintain a high sense of soulfulness. This concert will feature Sultan’s original compositions, many of which will soon be released on Sultan’s debut album.

Sultan Stevenson Trio (2nd Show)

The trio can be characterised by being highly interactive, they explore group improvisation. Their playing is loose and at times resorts into free improvisation. Sultan’s writing is purposed to uplift and maintain a high sense of soulfulness. This concert will feature Sultan’s original compositions, many of which will soon be released on Sultan’s debut album.

Thu 09 June 2022

Fri 10 June 2022

Liran Donin’s 1000 Boats (1st Show)

Bass player, composer and producer Liran Donin and his band 1000 Boats are returning to the Vortex for their first London debut since Covid, and will be showcasing some new material.

Liran Donin’s 1000 Boats (2nd Show)

Bass player, composer and producer Liran Donin and his band 1000 Boats are returning to the Vortex for their first London debut since Covid, and will be showcasing some new material.

Sat 11 June 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits (1st Show)

The Blue Spirits Trio John is leading tonight is a classic guitar-led jazz organ trio and showcases the bluesier side of John’s musical repertoire. With Pete Whittaker on organ, a superb accompanist as well as soloist and in demand drummer George Double.

John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits (2nd Show)

The Blue Spirits Trio John is leading tonight is a classic guitar-led jazz organ trio and showcases the bluesier side of John’s musical repertoire. With Pete Whittaker on organ, a superb accompanist as well as soloist and in demand drummer George Double.

Wed 15 June 2022

Louise Dodds Quartet (1st show)

Scottish jazz vocalist Louise Dodds will be making her debut at The Vortex tonight performing songs from her latest album ‘The Story Needs an Ending’ as part of her UK tour. Released in March 2022, the album is a deeply personal collection of songs written and arranged by Louise, which are both moving and uplifting.

Louise Dodds Quartet (2nd show)

Scottish jazz vocalist Louise Dodds will be making her debut at The Vortex tonight performing songs from her latest album ‘The Story Needs an Ending’ as part of her UK tour. Released in March 2022, the album is a deeply personal collection of songs written and arranged by Louise, which are both moving and uplifting.

Fri 17 June 2022

Elina Duni & Rob Luft feat. Fred Thomas (1st show)

Elina Duni and Rob Luft’s programme of songs of love and exile has been gathering momentum since 2017, when the Albanian-Swiss singer and the British guitarist began their collaboration. Along the way the duo has been augmented by several distinguished guests, with multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas making a significant contribution to the overarching concept.

Elina Duni & Rob Luft feat. Fred Thomas (2nd show)

Elina Duni and Rob Luft’s programme of songs of love and exile has been gathering momentum since 2017, when the Albanian-Swiss singer and the British guitarist began their collaboration. Along the way the duo has been augmented by several distinguished guests, with multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas making a significant contribution to the overarching concept.

Tue 21 June 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 02 July 2022

Quintet Blue feat. Denys Baptiste & Nigel Price (1st show)

Pianist Alex Webb leads this group with a front-line of two of the UK’s greatest jazz improvisers: tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste and guitarist Nigel Price.  Together they celebrate ‘jukebox jazz’ – the bluesy, swinging jazz of the 1950s and 60s, with a repertoire of pieces from Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Ahmad Jamal and others, as well as more recent works from Charlie Haden’s Quartet West.

Quintet Blue feat. Denys Baptiste & Nigel Price (2nd show)

Pianist Alex Webb leads this group with a front-line of two of the UK’s greatest jazz improvisers: tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste and guitarist Nigel Price.  Together they celebrate ‘jukebox jazz’ – the bluesy, swinging jazz of the 1950s and 60s, with a repertoire of pieces from Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Ahmad Jamal and others, as well as more recent works from Charlie Haden’s Quartet West.

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