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Mon 20 January 2020

The Calum Gourlay Big Band

Calum Gourlay’s Big Band kicks off the start of its fourth year in residence at The Vortex. Featuring some of London’s leading musicians and improvisers and new music written specially…

Tue 21 January 2020

Wed 22 January 2020


With nonchalant ease, the jazz quintet ROOFER, founded by the Swiss double-bass player and composer Luca Sisera, performs a balancing act between the avant-garde and an awareness of tradition. The…

Thu 23 January 2020


Joining Parker this month are free spirits Mark Sanders and John Edwards. The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker ranges from “free jazz” to “free improvisation”. Each month Evan…

Words and Jazz

Our monthly Words and Jazz show is back with its a blistering January line-up!

Fri 24 January 2020

Sat 25 January 2020


“IMPROV NIGHTS” is a monthly event at the Vortex Downstairs curated by London-based drummer and percussionist Stefano Ancora. LIVE DUO and TRIO sets of improvised music, with a different set-up…

Sun 26 January 2020

Rosie Frater-Taylor

Emerging songwriter, guitarist, ukuleleist, vocalist Rosie Frater-Taylor is credited as ‘One to Watch’ by Jazzwise Magazine. At 20 she is developing her own sweet and unique sound influenced by folk…

Mon 27 January 2020

James Copus Quintet

This powerhouse quintet combines a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising. James Copus , who is now a regular in Clark Tracey’s Quintet, is an award winning jazz…

Tue 28 January 2020

Run Logan Run

Line-up: Andrew Neil Hayes – Saxophone & electronics Matt Brown – Drum kit & percussion Run Logan Run are a head on collision of pounding tribal drums and screaming guttural…

Wed 29 January 2020

Tom Ridout Quintet

Award winning saxophonist Tom Ridout was predicted by Jazzwise Magazine in 2012 as an upcoming jazz musician to watch out for. A finalist in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz…

Thu 30 January 2020

Fri 31 January 2020

Elina Duni & Rob Luft Duo ft. Fred Thomas

Elina Duni is a Swiss-Albanian singer. Having been signed to ECM Records since 2012, her hallmark combination of traditional Albanian folk songs and jazz has lead to worldwide critical acclaim. For this latest…


Miss Soxee and Friends showcases some of our talented contributors from Open Decks, giving them a night to dig further into their music collection. We kick off January 2020 with…

Sat 01 February 2020

Sun 02 February 2020

Garcia-Coombs Quartet

Having met through Tomorrow’s Warriors (an artist development programme for young jazz musicians), and studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama together under the mentorship of Binker Golding,…

Let Spin

“A new prog-jazz supergroup” — Jazzwise “British Punk Jazz with a wiry electrical crackle” — Uncut “An original identity that promises to be one of UK jazz’s best …” —…

Tue 04 February 2020


Alex Hitchcock- Tenor Saxophone, Tom Barford- Tenor Saxophone, Ferg Ireland- Bass, James Maddren- Drums

Wed 05 February 2020


TONY DUDU (GUINEA BISSAU) GUINEA BISSAUAN guitarist TONY DUDU and his band Gumbe Jazz featuring Angolan percussionist TELLO MORGADO, Mozambiquean drummer ELAIS KACOMANOLIS, Nigerian bassist EMMANUEL OLADAKUN, Ghanaian keyboardist EBENEZER…

Thu 06 February 2020


2020 sees Partikel celebrating 10 years since the release of their first album. They are marking this milestone by recording their fifth album this Spring, due for release later in…

Fri 07 February 2020

Sat 08 February 2020

Emilia Martensson ‘LOREDANA TOUR’

Emilia Mårtensson is a London based Swedish vocalist and composer of considerable repute. After her three latest album releases Emilia has built a well- deserved reputation as one of the…

Sun 09 February 2020

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,…

Chris Batchelor’s Zoetic

Renowned for his melodic and warmly lyrical trumpet playing, Chris Batchelor has been composing music for almost as long as he’s been performing. Winner of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation…

Mon 10 February 2020


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. In essence the team strive to…

Tue 11 February 2020

Daisy George Trio

The Daisy George Trio is a fresh new trio featuring three of London’s rising jazz stars. With a modern compositional take on the original jazz piano trio, DGT combines strong…

Wed 12 February 2020

Thu 13 February 2020

Fri 14 February 2020

Sat 15 February 2020

Sun 16 February 2020

Noble, Sanders, Smith trio

A trio of improvising musicians, who have experience across different genres, making music in real time. Liam Noble piano Mark Sanders drums Harrison Smith saxophones bass clarinet Liam Noble piano…

Mon 17 February 2020

Tue 18 February 2020

Words and Jazz

Our monthly session in the intimacy Downstairs, curated by Nicki Heinen. This month: Mark Waldron Seraphima Kennedy Fran Lock JP O’Malley Music from the magnificent singer Reem Khelani and pianist…

Thu 20 February 2020


The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker ranges from “free jazz” to “free improvisation”. Each month Evan invites different guests to play with him. Evan Parker (born in Bristol,…

Fri 21 February 2020

Matt Sulzmann/Stan Sulzmann Quintet

This brand new project represents the first collaborative outing of father/son duo Matt and  Stan Sulzmann. Having previously toured together as part of Stan’s big band project “Neon Orchestra”, this…

Sat 22 February 2020

Henry Lowther’s Still Waters

Still Waters was born out a long association and friendship going back 40 years between myself and Britain’s premiere bassist Dave Green. We both felt that the time had arrived…

Sun 23 February 2020

Eddie Prevost | Jason Yarde | Nathan Moore

Jason Yarde: Composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist Jason Yarde creates music that has been described as powerful, spiritual and formidable. He composes across variety of styles (jazz, classical,…

Mon 24 February 2020

Penge Triangle + SBAD

Dylan Bates’s piano trio returns with more Bates originals about love, loss and liminality. While Dylan is perhaps better known as a violinist, the piano is more suited to the…

Tue 25 February 2020

Wed 26 February 2020

Fri 28 February 2020

Craig Taborn – Solo

Composer/Pianist/Electronic Musican Craig Taborn was born and raised in Golden Valley, Minnesota.  While Studying at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Craig had the good fortune to play in…

Sat 29 February 2020

Thu 05 March 2020

Animal Society

‘hard-riffing band look set to catch the current wave of progressive jazz and metal acts on the rise’ JAZZWISE Animal Society is a new sound in UK jazz, somewhere in…

Sat 07 March 2020

Fri 13 March 2020

Geoff Simkins Quinet

Geoff Simkins is one of the true great improvisors on the scene today and has worked with some of the jazz giants including Harry Sweets Edison, Tal Farlow and Slim…

Sun 22 March 2020

NYJO London at the Vortex

NYJO London are two ensembles from the NYJO Academy in London. The groups focus on honing and developing their aural and improvisational skills, as well as building solos and working…

Mon 23 March 2020

Becca Wilkins’ Gestalt

Becca Wilkins is a young London-based vocalist and her latest project, Gestalt is a collaboration with some of London’s most exciting young jazz musicians. Her writing explores varied themes from…

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