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Mon 24 June 2019

Under The Surface

Under the Surface is a new Dutch band formed by Dutch drummer Joost Lijbaart (known for his work with Yuri Honing), guitarist Bram Stadhouders (known from his work with the Netherlands chamber choir, Jim Black, Sidsel Endersen) and vocalist Sanne Rambags (winner conservatory talent award 2017).
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Sun 23 June 2019

Tom Ridout’s No Excuses Band

A recent graduate from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, recent winner of the Lancaster Jazz Festival Youth Jazz Commission 2018 and a current member of NYJO (the National Youth Jazz Orchestra), Tom is a prolific composer who fronts his own bands playing his original compositions.

On y va Jazz Band

Swinging sounds from a bunch of jazz mates who originally met in France – joined by others on the way – and who haven’t stopped jamming ever since.

Sat 22 June 2019

Fri 21 June 2019

Late Night: Grass Roots

June should herald sweet summer nights spent staring at the stars…or sampling superlative live music at the Vortex. Join us for Grass Roots, our monthly late night jam session, and…


Based in London, PYJÆN is a band with its common link in improvised music and the jazz tradition, but with vision of pushing music forward in new directions. The sound of PYJÆN has many influences… Rock, electro, afrobeat, hip hop and jazz fusion being a few of them.

Thu 20 June 2019

Evan Parker and Friends

For this month’s gig joining Evan are Paul Lytton, John Edwards and Alex Hawkins.

Wed 19 June 2019


Nadim Teimoori (sax) Tim Carter (drums) Sam Dunn (guitar,) Matt Carter (organ)   North/South’ is a new quartet comprised of Yorkshire based jazz musicians saxophonist Nadim Teimoori and drummer Tim…

Tue 18 June 2019

Mon 17 June 2019


Jim Rattigan is one of the UK’s leading French horn players and widely recognised as a pioneer of the jazz French horn. He has performed with many globally renowned artists…

Sun 16 June 2019

Mopomoso: Afternoon Sessions

Line up: Matt Hutchinson (piano), Sue Lynch (sax), Hutch Demouilpied (trumpet) trio + Emil Karlsen (drums) solo + Alan Tomlinson (trombone), Dave Tucker (guitar), Phil Marks (drums) trio Three sets…

Sat 15 June 2019

Clark Tracey Quintet

Clark Tracey, recently awarded an MBE, leads his quintet playing jazz which you can swing to and appreciate, featuring some of the best young musicians, such as Alexandra Ridout and Sean Payne.

Fri 14 June 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…

Thu 13 June 2019

Graviton – Album Launch

Graviton is the formidable prog-jazz group led by Andrew McCormack, drawing on his wide range of influences that demonstrate his talents for composition as well as his captivating performances. The…

Wed 12 June 2019

Alex Merritt Quintet

Alex is a London-based tenor saxophonist and composer involved with jazz, improvised music and contemporary classical music. Alex has been freelancing in London since graduating and has been fortunate to…

Tue 11 June 2019


Marina Deligianni, voice Pavlos Carvalho, bouzouki Manolis Taouxis, bouzouki, voice Spiros Bolovinis, baglama, bouzouki, voice Maria Tsirodimitri, guitar, voice Sarah Carvalho-Dubost, guitar Vassilis Tsitsanis (1915-1984) is probably the greatest icon…

Mon 10 June 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.…

Sun 09 June 2019

Jovino Santos Neto + Huw Warren

Huw Warren and Brazilian star pianist Jovino Santos Neto (Hermeto Pascoal) in a meeting of minds over Brazilian music, influenced by genius Hermeto and more.

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 08 June 2019

Ian Shaw

Long-time Vortex favourite Ian Shaw returns to the club with his inimitable solo show sizzling with wit and dazzling with songs old and new. Shaw is one of the most…

Fri 07 June 2019


As the name suggests, Voyager II aren’t about standing still, artistically or physically. Hailing from London, this guitar / drums duo have soaked up the eclectic mix of sounds on…

Thu 06 June 2019

Royal Academy of Music Jazz Final Recitals

This is a chance to hear the jazz stars of tomorrow present their ensembles in a 45 minute set. There is free entry to these performances so come down and see that the future of jazz is in very safe hands!

Wed 05 June 2019

Flying Machines

“Sweet, lyrical passages blend with impossible prog-like time signatures to create a fresh, modern sound with its own distinctive character” LondonJazzNews “Heartbreaking melodies that hang, shimmering, until someone just has…

Tue 04 June 2019

Mon 03 June 2019

Royal Academy of Music Jazz Final Recitals

A chance to hear the jazz stars of tomorrow present their ensembles in a 45 minute set. There is free entry to these performances so come down and see that the future of jazz is in very safe hands!

Sun 02 June 2019

Olie Brice Quintet

The Olie Brice Quintet play exciting, emotionally intense music drawing on free music, the jazz tradition and Jewish liturgical melodies.  The band was named as one of the ‘New bands…

Fri 31 May 2019

Thu 30 May 2019

ARQ: Alison Rayner Quintet + gavrielle gg

Blow the Fuse celebrates 30 years 1989-2019 with their new season RESISTANCE – 30 years of Blow the Fuse.   ARQ: ★ Winners: Jazz Ensemble of the Year 2018 Parliamentary…

Wed 29 May 2019

Tue 28 May 2019


Little Big is pianist Aaron Parks latest project, debuted in 2018 with members Greg Tuohey (guitar), DJ Ginyard (electric bass) and Tommy Crane (drums). All musicians bring in their experiences not only from jazz or improvised music but also electronica, R&B, indie pop, alt-country, and much more.

Mon 27 May 2019

Duncan Eagles

Duncan Eagles “is fast becoming one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene” (JazzWise) bringing his latest artistic statement in the form of his new album…

Sun 26 May 2019


MARK LOCKHEART saxophones, bass clarinet JASPER HØIBY double bass LIAM NOBLE piano MALIJA was formed in 2014 as a result of an invite play at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in New…

Sanem Kalfa & George Dumitriu

From subtle and immersive, to explosive and theatrical, the new album DANCE was released on May 1st 2018. Turkish yearning, Brazilian melancholy, Persian wisdom of universal love, and an Italian…

Sat 25 May 2019

Liran Donin’s 1000 Boats

Bass player, composer and producer Liran Donin and his band 1000 Boats are returning to the Vortex for one night only. 8 Songs released on September 21 on Cavalo Records, to…

Fri 24 May 2019

Thu 23 May 2019

Evan Parker

For this performance Evan invites Robert Jarvis (trombone) and John Edwards (bass). Evan will play soprano saxophone.    

Words & Jazz

Hosted by Nicki Heinen  Words & Jazz is back!! Come down to the cosy intimate bar downstairs at the Vortex for the best in contemporary poetry and jazz. Words &…

Wed 22 May 2019

Tue 21 May 2019

Union Division: Micromotives

Comprising leading figures from the UK’s improvised music scene, Union Division present Micromotives: a daring and anarchic approach to collective spontaneous composition, with improvisation and sociality at its core. Following on from the work of John…

Mon 20 May 2019

Jazz Alloy #6

Kristin Amparo Matt Robinson   The last collaboration in Jazz Alloy in this edition is as intense as intimate. Thanks to all artists and the audience for some unforgettable moments…

Sun 19 May 2019


Line up Caroline Kraabel (sax), Neil Metcalfe (flute) duo + Lullula – Armorel Weston (voice), Kay Grant (voice), Jim Dvorak (trumpet), Otto Willberg (bass/voice) quartet + John Russell (guitar) ,…

Sat 18 May 2019

Fri 17 May 2019


Grass Roots returns in May with house band Beat Replacement fronted by drummer Jamie Murray and resident DJ Mr Boogie a.k.a The Vinyl Junkie (Soulsa).   Special guests jamming along…

Liam Noble and John Parricelli

John Parricelli was one of the founding members of the British big band Loose Tubes, with whom he recorded three albums. Since then he has played and recorded with Kenny Wheeler,…

Thu 16 May 2019

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