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Sat 23 March 2019

Sun 24 March 2019

Ethan Iverson

Ethan Iverson – Piano Conor Chaplin – Bass Jeff Williams – Drums Pianist, composer, and writer Ethan Iverson was a founding member of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with…

Mon 25 March 2019

Jazz Alloy #4

Lina Nyberg – Voice Daniel Karlsson – Piano Laura Jurd – Trumpet James Banner – Double Bass The 4 th Jazz Alloy is a collaboration between four amazing music innovators…

Tue 26 March 2019

Uncanny Valley

‘The group formed in July 2017 and perform original music composed by the British contingent of it’s members. Challenger and Donkin are long-time associates from London, where Challenger still resides.…

Wed 27 March 2019

Thu 28 March 2019

Calum Gourlay Big Band

Our monthly residency continues for a big band initiated by bassist Calum Gourlay, known for his great work with Thelonious, an award-winning solo album and more. “I want it to…

Words & Jazz

Words & Jazz RETURNS with a blistering line up for the start of spring. Come to this ‘outstanding summit between contemporary poets and musicians ‘ (The Independent) and prepare to be wowed!

Fri 29 March 2019

Rachael Cohen Quartet

Rachael Cohen – Alto Sax Joe Downard – Bass Will Glaser – Drums Piano/Guitar – TBA Rachael Cohen, a London-based alto saxophonist and composer, is one of the brightest emerging…

Sat 30 March 2019

Sun 31 March 2019

Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra

Pete Hurt has been running large bands of varying sizes for about forty years. The present line-up is the largest yet and features veterans such as Henry Lowther and Andy…

Manos Hadjidakis: The Man, The Music…

Katerina Clambaneva, voice  Anastasis Sarakatsanos, piano  Pavlos Carvalho, cello/bouzouki   Revealing the profound, at time prophetic, musings of this cherished Greek composer and exploring the range of his music, beyond…

Mon 01 April 2019

Alex W-K 4

Alex Western-King brings his exciting new quartet down to the Vortex for their debut gig.  

This quartet is born out of Alex’s desire to play the tunes he loves with some of the most in demand musicians on the London jazz scene. It promises to be a night of beautiful melodies and relentless swing. 

Tue 02 April 2019


Solstice is a collaboration between some of the foremost bandleaders and composers emerging from the thriving east London music scene. Having toured with their own groups extensively throughout the UK, Europe and some other planets with their own projects and artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Tim Garland, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon, Dave Binney, Django Bates, Jasper Hoiby and Ivo Neame, they have now come together united by a shared love of music and food to write and eat collectively.

Wed 03 April 2019

Thu 04 April 2019

Fri 05 April 2019

World Music Workshop Band

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…

Sat 06 April 2019

Sun 07 April 2019


Versatile NYC based trio KADAWA makes its Vortex debut, performing original compositions from their upcoming 2nd album. Expect powerful grooves, distinct moods and adventurous improvisations.

Mon 08 April 2019


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.…

Tue 09 April 2019

Wed 10 April 2019

Pablo Held Trio ft. Nelson Veras

PABLO HELD piano ROBERT LANDFERMANN bass JONAS BURGWINKEL drums NELSON VERAS guitar Pablo Held (born 1986) grew up in a family of musicians. From early age on he was exposed to…

Thu 11 April 2019

Evan Parker ft. John Russell

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. This evening the guests are…

Fri 12 April 2019

Sat 13 April 2019

Calum Gourlay Big Band

Part of the David Mossman Jazz (Orchestra!) Festival. Tickets for this gig – £15 Full festival passes – £30/ £20 members /£15 concessions – can be purchased here: Saturday 13 April  …

Sun 14 April 2019

James Brady Big Band

Part of the David Mossman Jazz (Orchestra!) Festival. Tickets for this gig – £10 Full festival passes £30/ £20 members /£15 concessions – can be purchased here: A genre-hopping composer, arranger and jazz…

Josephine Davies Big Band

Part of the David Mossman Jazz (Orchestra!) Festival. Tickets for this gig – £10 Full festival passes –£30/ £20 members /£15 concessions – can be purchased here: Saturday 13 April  20.30-22.30 £15 Calum Gourlay…

London Jazz Orchestra

Part of the David Mossman Jazz (Orchestra!) Festival. Tickets for this gig – £15 Full festival passes – £30/ £20 members /£15 concessions – can be purchased here: Saturday 13 April   20.30-22.30 £15 Calum…

Mon 15 April 2019

Aubin Vanns – Opera album launch

Aubin Vanns – guitar Alberto Palau – piano Andrea Di Biase – double bass Jay Davis – drums Opera is the debut album of jazz guitarist and composer Aubin Vanns.…

Tue 16 April 2019

George Crowley Trio

George Crowley – Tenor Saxophone Dan Nicholls – Keys/Modular Synth Tim Giles – Drums Saxophonist and composer George Crowley (Ivo Neame, Melt Yourself Down, Yazz Ahmed) leads a new, electronically-enhanced…

Sat 20 April 2019

Sun 21 April 2019


As part of its ‘Afternoon Sessions’ Mopomoso presents three contrasting duos of freely improvised music. Come and sample the delights of a music unlike any other in that the audience…


The John Bennett Band is a 15 piece jazz ensemble. The music is structured whilst also allowing for interplay between the musicians. John describes the band as not a “…

Mon 22 April 2019

Warmer Than Blood

Chris Montague – Guitar Kit Downes – Piano Ruth Goller – Bass ‘Warmer than blood’ is the new trio project from composer and guitarist Chris Montague (Troyka, Squarepusher). It brings…

Tue 23 April 2019

Wed 24 April 2019

Thu 25 April 2019

Fri 26 April 2019


Michael Arbenz: piano Thomas Lähns: bass Florian Arbenz: drums  “One of Europe’s most exciting ensembles”, according to John Fordham, of The Guardian, over the past decade the Basel-based VEIN Trio…

Sat 27 April 2019

Rob Luft & Elina Duni 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 project,…

Sun 28 April 2019

Kino Trio – Album Launch

Bruno Heinen – piano Michele Tacchi – bass Riccardo Chiaberta – drums   This is a collective and forward-looking project founded in London in 2015, presenting material written by each member of the group. Their compositions…

Mon 29 April 2019

Jazz Alloy #5

Jazz Alloy is a project organised jointly where Swedish and British musicians meet and create, starting and developing new work across the two countries. The first so far have led…

Tue 30 April 2019

Circumstances Trio

Circumstances trio consists of Norwegian pianist Kjetil Jerve, British bassist Tim Thornton and Swedish drummer Anders Thorén. With paths crossing from uniquely different musical backgrounds they present a fresh attitude…

Wed 01 May 2019


THE KATE LUXMOORE GROUP “A clarinettist with a big English sound”. (The Telegraph jazz blogspot)

Thu 02 May 2019

Dan Weiss – Starebaby

Starebaby is the upshot of drummer/composer Dan Weiss’s long-running dream to bring together some of the most accomplished players on the jazz scene to play music that combines the improvisation nature of that…

Fri 03 May 2019

Sun 05 May 2019

Fall-Out + John-Dennis Renken

Like the aftershock of a catastrophic event, or the shattering end of a brutal relationship, Fall-Out seeks the calm within chaos, journeys through slowly unfolding narratives and stimulates our nostalgia, our desire…

Tue 07 May 2019


One marker of bassist Michael Formanek’s creativity and versatility is the range of distinguished musicians of several generations he’s worked with. While still a teenager in the 1970s he toured…

Thu 16 May 2019

Sun 19 May 2019

Thu 30 May 2019

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