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Tue 07 December 2021

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 December 2021

Vortex discussion 80 – What is “good music”?

Or indeed “good jazz”? Is it about the technical, the financial or about the emotional? It’s a question that is constantly returned to. Have the criteria changed over the past…

Will Vinson / Tom Cawley Quartet (1st Show)

Originally from London, Alto Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson moved to New York City in 1999 and has remained there ever since. Since his arrival, he has performed, toured and/or recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ari Hoenig, Linda May Han Oh, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Lage Lund, Aaron Parks, and many others.

Will Vinson / Tom Cawley Quartet (2nd Show)

Originally from London, Alto Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson moved to New York City in 1999 and has remained there ever since. Since his arrival, he has performed, toured and/or recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ari Hoenig, Linda May Han Oh, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Lage Lund, Aaron Parks, and many others.

Thu 09 December 2021

Billy Marrows Band – ‘Dancing on Bentwood Chairs’ Live Recording (1st Show)

The Billy Marrows Band brings together several of the UK’s most exciting improvisers to explore Billy’s unique contemporary jazz compositions. Expect to hear infectious grooves and melodies, and captivating improvisations, with atmospheres ranging from joyous to reflective. Join the band on this night as they record a live EP ‘Dancing on Bentwood Chairs’.

Billy Marrows Band – ‘Dancing on Bentwood Chairs’ Live Recording (2nd Show)

The Billy Marrows Band brings together several of the UK’s most exciting improvisers to explore Billy’s unique contemporary jazz compositions. Expect to hear infectious grooves and melodies, and captivating improvisations, with atmospheres ranging from joyous to reflective. Join the band on this night as they record a live EP ‘Dancing on Bentwood Chairs’.

Fri 10 December 2021

Tony Kofi Quintet – ‘A 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), Andrew Cleyndert (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 Quintet – ‘A 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), Andrew Cleyndert (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.

Sat 11 December 2021

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon coffee with live music from a rotating group of London-based instrumentalists and singers jamming over jazz standards.

HLK Trio (1st show)

Trio HLK is the union of three distinct, forward thinking musical personalities: Rich Harrold (piano), Ant Law (guitar) and Rich Kass (drums). They are delighted to return to their London home for the first time in a few years to perform some new pieces.

HLK Trio (2nd show)

Trio HLK is the union of three distinct, forward thinking musical personalities: Rich Harrold (piano), Ant Law (guitar) and Rich Kass (drums). They are delighted to return to their London home for the first time in a few years to perform some new pieces.

Sun 12 December 2021

MOJO Big Band Christmas Party with Special Guest Catherine Lima

The 17-piece MOJO Big Band makes a return to the Vortex for a festive afternoon of modern big band tunes. They’ll be joined by singer Catherine Lima, with an exciting repertoire of Gordon Goodwin’s Christmas Carols, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny with a few surprises amongst many classics. Book ahead to avoid disappointment!

Tue 14 December 2021

Wed 15 December 2021

Quintet Blue featuring 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 featuring 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.

Thu 16 December 2021

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat (1st Show)

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat is a contemporary, cinematic jazz quintet led by Leeds based saxophonist and composer Emma Johnson.

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat (2nd Show)

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat is a contemporary, cinematic jazz quintet led by Leeds based saxophonist and composer Emma Johnson.

Fri 17 December 2021

World Music Big Band (1st show)

Another chance to hear this exciting blend of music from twenty horns, featuring jazz, African and Latin grooves, under the leadership of saxophonist Ian Bumstead and supported by the phenomenal bass and drums of Alison Rayner and Mark Huggett.

World Music Big Band (2nd show)

Another chance to hear this exciting blend of music from twenty horns, featuring jazz, African and Latin grooves, under the leadership of saxophonist Ian Bumstead and supported by the phenomenal bass and drums of Alison Rayner and Mark Huggett.

Sat 18 December 2021

Denys Baptiste (1st show)

British saxophonist and composer Denys Baptiste presents The Late Trane, a strong statement, reimagining the late period music of John Coltrane with a stellar band featuring Nikki Yeoh (piano and keyboards), Larry Bartley (bass) and Rod Young (drums).

Denys Baptiste (2nd show)

British saxophonist and composer Denys Baptiste presents The Late Trane, a strong statement, reimagining the late period music of John Coltrane with a stellar band featuring Nikki Yeoh (piano and keyboards), Larry Bartley (bass) and Rod Young (drums).

Tue 21 December 2021

Wed 22 December 2021

Eternal Triangle (1st Show)

Eternal Triangle play the music of Trevor Watts, compositions originally inspired by rhythmic structures from Africa and South America as well as jazz and European musical forms.

Eternal Triangle (2nd Show)

Eternal Triangle play the music of Trevor Watts, compositions originally inspired by rhythmic structures from Africa and South America as well as jazz and European musical forms.

Tue 28 December 2021

John Etheridge, Vimala Rowe, Blue Spirits (1st Show)

It is safe to say, then, that when it comes to playing companions, Etheridge’s judgement is second to none. In vocalist Vimala Rowe, he has not only found a partner of rare ability but a talent that perfectly compliments his explorative nature.

John Etheridge, Vimala Rowe, Blue Spirits (2nd Show)

It is safe to say, then, that when it comes to playing companions, Etheridge’s judgement is second to none. In vocalist Vimala Rowe, he has not only found a partner of rare ability but a talent that perfectly compliments his explorative nature.

Wed 29 December 2021

Thu 30 December 2021

Estelle Kokot presents MOFO and Skeef Stories (1st show)

London Born South African singer songwriter pianist returns to the club with a new presentation of songs from her solo release ‘MOFO’ as well as premiering interpretations/compositions from Eugene Skeef’s poetry.

Estelle Kokot presents MOFO and Skeef Stories (2nd show)

London Born South African singer songwriter pianist returns to the club with a new presentation of songs from her solo release ‘MOFO’ as well as premiering interpretations/compositions from Eugene Skeef’s poetry.

Fri 31 December 2021

Ian Shaw’s New Year’s Eve Bash

We are delighted to be able to welcome back Ian Shaw for a very special New Year’s Eve performance. Join us for an intimate exuberant party with Britain’s finest jazz vocalist, producer and songsmith, performing a set of appropriately festive songs.

Thu 06 January 2022

Fri 07 January 2022

Duncan Fraser Septet (1st Show)

Trumpeter, Composer & Arranger Duncan Fraser brings his Septet back to the Vortex, featuring some acclaimed young players on the London scene.

Duncan Fraser Septet (2nd Show)

Trumpeter, Composer & Arranger Duncan Fraser brings his Septet back to the Vortex, featuring some acclaimed young players on the London scene.

Sat 08 January 2022

Ms Maurice (1st Show)

Ms Maurice brings her melange of influences from organic grooves infused with 70s jazz and a touch of West African sonic seasoning.

Ms Maurice (2nd Show)

Ms Maurice brings her melange of influences from organic grooves infused with 70s jazz and a touch of West African sonic seasoning.

Wed 12 January 2022

The Calum Gourlay Big Band (1st Show)

Featuring some of London’s leading musicians and improvisers and new music written specially for the band. A unique group in the London Jazz scene.

The Calum Gourlay Big Band (2nd Show)

Featuring some of London’s leading musicians and improvisers and new music written specially for the band. A unique group in the London Jazz scene.

Thu 13 January 2022

Allsopp, Storey, Thormodsæter (1st Show)

This a new venture bringing together long time collaborators James Allsopp and Dave Storey with Norwegian bassist Magne Thormodsæter.

Allsopp, Storey, Thormodsæter (2nd Show)

Line-up: James Allsopp – Tenor saxophone Dave Storey – Drums Magne Thormodsæter – Double bass   About This a new venture bringing together long time collaborators James Allsopp and Dave…

Fri 14 January 2022

Chris Maddock Quartet (1st Show)

The Chris Maddock Quartet aims to explore combining elements of the classic organ-based rhythm section with a range of modern influences.

Chris Maddock Quartet (2nd Show)

The Chris Maddock Quartet aims to explore combining elements of the classic organ-based rhythm section with a range of modern influences.

Sat 15 January 2022

Tom Barford Organ Trio (1st Show)

Tom will be joined by the formidable David Ferris and Jonathan Silk for an incredibly feel good set of music.

Tom Barford Organ Trio (2nd Show)

Tom will be joined by the formidable David Ferris and Jonathan Silk for an incredibly feel good set of music.

Wed 19 January 2022

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