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Wed 20 March 2019


Floors is collective project formed by three of the most intriguing young musicians of the new Italian jazz scene. Francesco Ponticelli, Francesco Diodati and Filippo Vignato founded the trio driven…

Tue 19 March 2019

Shirley Smart Quartet

Shirley Smart – Cello Alex Hawkins – Piano James Arben – Sax/Flute Jon Scott – Drums Shirley Smart is recognised as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists…

Mon 18 March 2019


JACOB GARCHIK UK GOSPEL TROMBONE CHOIR This is a very special gig in which New York based trombonist Jacob Garchik links up with UK brass players and a drummer to…

Sun 17 March 2019

Robert Stillman’s Peace on Earth

PEACE ON EARTH Robert Stillman- Tenor Saxophone Tom Challenger- Tenor Saxophone David Okumu- Guitar Tom Skinner- Drums Tom Herbert-Bass PEACE ON EARTH is a band comprised of saxophonist Robert Stillman, drummer Tom…


Line Up Bertrand Denzler (tenor saxophone) / Phil Durrant (octave mandola) duo + Sylvia and I – Chris Dowding – trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn & electronics / Sylvia Hallett –…

Sat 16 March 2019

Fri 15 March 2019

Thu 14 March 2019

Esben Tjalve’s Red Kite

Red Kite is a sextet led by pianist Esben Tjalve joined by the highly skilled musicians and seasoned lights of the UK jazz scene; Rory Simmons (trumpet), Ross Hughes (bass…

Wed 13 March 2019

ELDA ft. Kari Eskild Havenstrøm

ELDA is a longstanding duo collaboration between piano/keyboard player Andrew Woodhead and trumpeter Aaron Diaz (The Destroyers, Sid Peacock), mixing acoustic sounds with live electronics and soundscapes. For their latest project they are collaborating with…

Tue 12 March 2019

Zoe Gilby Duo

Zoe Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter, making a stunning impression on the music scene today. Her compelling original compositions are written with double bassist husband Andy Champion. Her stockpile…

Mon 11 March 2019

Sun 10 March 2019

Sue Rynhart and Huw Warren

Alban Berg, medieval chant, traditional Irish song, 19th Century Russian literature, gothic fiction and Homer’s Odyssey are some of the inspiration for the work of this exceptional duo. Sue Rynhart…

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,…

Sat 09 March 2019

Improv Nights

“Improv Nights” is a monthly event at the Vortex Downstairs curated by London-based drummer and percussionist Stefano Ancora. An early live duo set of improvised music to be happening before…

Fri 08 March 2019

Thu 07 March 2019

Evan Parker

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…

Wed 06 March 2019

JZ Replacement featuring Tim Lefebvre

Line up: Zhenya Strigalev – saxes, electronics Jamie Murray – drums Tim Lefebvre – bass, electronics   JZ Replacement is a high energy and intense newly formed project, having just…

Tue 05 March 2019

Deep Tide

Open ended jazz playing with no stylistic limits – written scores, graphic scores, improvisation – improvisation which is inclusive of melody and structure – whatever we feel like playing –…

Mon 04 March 2019

Huw V Williams Trio

Bass player Huw V Williams, a Londoner by way of Bangor, North Wales is one of the most exciting new arrivals on the jazz and improvised music scene in the last five years. Huw has been associated with the best practitioners of the international avant-garde music scene including Jim Black, Huw Warren, Jeff Williams, Peter Van Huffel and Ivo Neame. He has also collaborated with the contemporary generation including Devin Gray, George Crowley, Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin.

Sun 03 March 2019

Richard Fairhurst Trio

‘Award winning pianist Richard Fairhurst, is a powerful keyboard virtuoso capable of both meditation and funkiness, but he is as sophisticated a composer as he is a player. He is one of the UK’s most innovative pianists‘ (John Fordham, The Guardian)

Sat 02 March 2019

Monica Vasconcelos

We welcome back Mônica Vasconcelos, beloved singer songwriter who never fails to entrance audiences here at the Vortex. Now she is back at The Vortex performing songs from their Robert Wyatt…

Fri 01 March 2019


Batch Gueye – vocals, sabar & dance Kaw Secka – vocals & sabar Tom Challenger – sax & keys Phil Stevenson – guitar Johnny Brierley – bass Dave Smith –…

Thu 28 February 2019

Wed 27 February 2019

Joyful Noise presents: TONY REMY

Tony Rémy has been a mainstay on the international jazz and funk scene for over 30 years. Tonight he plays with his explosive quartet featuring: Anders Olinder (keyboards/piano), Nick Cohen (bass) & Frank Tontoh (drums)

Tue 26 February 2019

Mon 25 February 2019

Jazz Alloy 3

The third Jazz Alloy collaboration is a young jazz combo of three astonishing artists. No one in London could have missed the last and praised album “Halftime” by the saxophone…

Sun 24 February 2019


Adam Fairhall – piano  //  Seth Bennett – double bass  //  Johnny Hunter – drums Fragments began in late 2013 as a workshop band exploring new methods of combining improvisation and composition.  Rather than incorporating…

Floating Circles

Floating Circles Quartet Aidan Pearson – clarinet Dom Stockbridge – guitar Jonny Wickham – bass Arthur Newell – drums Blurb taken from a review by Ian Mann: Floating Circles Quartet…

Sat 23 February 2019

THE HI-LIFE ORCHESTRA Directed by Abdul Raheem

The Hi-Life Orchestra, directed by trombonist and vocalist Abdul Raheem to celebrate the iconic music style that makes the whole West Africa dance and that gave birth to Afrobeat. Trombonist and…

Fri 22 February 2019

Georgia Mancio

Award-winning jazz vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, is one of Europe’s most respected, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her music references classic jazz and Latin alongside her own astonishing…

Thu 21 February 2019

John Warren Nonet

Line-Up: Steve Fishwick, Sam Braysher, Pete Hurt, Owen Dawson, Sam Rapley, Nick Costley – White, Alcyona Mick, Dave Whitford, Dave Hamblett, John Warren The John Warren Nonet comprises some of…

Wed 20 February 2019

Tue 19 February 2019


Playing experimental, genre blending music, award winning Tyneside trio Archipelago fuse jazz, alt-rock and free improvisation to name a few, taking inspiration from musicians as diverse as Don Cherry, Morphine and Joni Mitchell.

Mon 18 February 2019

Metamorphic & Laura Cole Solo

A special evening features a solo piano set and a full band set from Metamorphic featuring material from two recent album releases – Laura’s solo album Enough and Metamorphic’s The Two Fridas.

Sun 17 February 2019

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 16 February 2019

McCormack & Yarde Duo

The McCormack & Yarde Duo first appeared togther at the Vortex in 2008. Tonight the duo return over a decade later as an established act on the international music scene.

Fri 15 February 2019

Thu 14 February 2019

Luca Manning Valentine’s Day Special

Luca Manning is an award winning Jazz vocalist and composer from Glasgow, Scotland. He is inspired by a wide range of artists and musical styles, as well as being firmly…

Wed 13 February 2019

Tue 12 February 2019

Nishla Smith Quintet

With a background of entwined classical and jazz influences, Nishla is a singer with a penchant is for story telling. Lush harmonies, haunting lyrics and precise arrangements await.

Mon 11 February 2019

Warriors International Present: Freedom

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.…

Sun 10 February 2019

Jam Experiment

Chosen in ‘Shape of Jazz to Come’ (Jazzwise), Jam Experiment are an award-winning band with a frontline of trombone/violin/vocals, presenting engaging contemporary jazz with explosive rock energy.

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,…

Sat 09 February 2019

Stan Sulzmann Quartet

Originally formed by Stan for a BBC broadcast from the London Jazz Festival, 2013 the band has been going strong since then and will release a new album on Jellymould later in 2019. Playing a mixture of Stan’s original tunes and cunning reworkings of standards, the band puts a contemporary spin on the jazz tradition.

Fri 08 February 2019

Huw Warren: Everything In Between

Everything in Between is an expansive work combining new music from Warren and Phillips with their shared love of reinterpreting Brazilian classics. With an emphasis on lyrical song forms, this music crackles with interplay, fun grooves, new sound worlds and deep emotion.

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