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Tue 25 February 2020

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…

Sun 23 February 2020

Barry Green Quartet featuring Steve Buckley

A new partnership between two musicians who between them have played with musicians such as Django Bates, Tom RAINEY, Drew Gress, Jim Black, Gerald Cleaver and Myra Melford. Exploring original…

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,…

Sat 22 February 2020

IMPROV NIGHTS – 1ST BIRTHDAY

“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…

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…

Fri 21 February 2020

LATE NIGHTS: GRASS ROOTS – Naia

February’s Grass Roots session sees an eagerly awaited live performance from Naia – a delightful multi-genre quartet whose varied repertoire primarily comprises funk and neo-soul with subtle Latin accentuations.   …

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…

Thu 20 February 2020

EVAN PARKER INVITES…

For this month’s gig Parker invites:   Matt Wright (laptop and turntable) John Edwards (bass) Mark Sanders (percussion) Evan Parker (soprano saxophone) The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker…

Wed 19 February 2020

Tue 18 February 2020

Mon 17 February 2020

Encuentro – Andria Antoniou & Roman Gomez and friends

The duet has recently released collaboration album Encuentro. The debut album was successfully launched in Cyprus and London in Autumn 2019 and has won the duet a centre-place in the…

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…

MOPOMOSO: AFTERNOON SESSIONS

John Russell & Pascal Marzan – Guitar duet. Pascal Marzan is a classically trained musician active in Paris, his home city, both as an improviser and organiser of improvised music events.…

Sat 15 February 2020

Fri 14 February 2020

Thu 13 February 2020

RESOLUTE + J-Frisco + Arthur O’Hara Trio (triple bill)

Three original and totally distinctive bands representing different aspects of the stunningly varied UK jazz and improvised music scenes. RESOLUTE bring together free improvisation, grooves, ambience, poetry, spoken word, noise…

Wed 12 February 2020

Mezcla – Shoot the Moon [Album Launch]

Recently signed to Ubuntu Records, Mezcla are a Glasgow based world/jazz fusion ensemble attracting attention for their soulful blend of eclectic jazz and infectious grooves. Skilfully fusing influences from West…

Tue 11 February 2020

Petra Haller/Richard Lewis

Petra Haller on tap and Richard Lewis on piano have gone on to develop a captivating partnership drawing on their diverse experiences in music and beyond. Their joint improvisations are…

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…

Mon 10 February 2020

FREEDOM – The Art of Improvisation

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…

Sun 09 February 2020

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…

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 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…

Fri 07 February 2020

Celebration of Soul

Celebration of Soul (music medicine) Jazz/Soul/ Funk music with guests such as: –  Jazz sensation Claude Deppa from South Africa (trumpet), –  Niki Buzz from the USA (lead guitar), – …

Thu 06 February 2020

Partikel

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…

Wed 05 February 2020

TONY DUDU AND THE GUMBE JAZZ

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…

Tue 04 February 2020

AuB

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

Sun 02 February 2020

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 …” —…

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,…

Sat 01 February 2020

Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball

Tony Kofi won the Best Instrumentalist Award at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards, Best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Album of the Year at the 2005 BBC Jazz…

Fri 31 January 2020

MISS SOXEE & FRIENDS

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…

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…

Thu 30 January 2020

Blow the Fuse presents Tomorrow the Moon

Blow the Fuse presents Tomorrow the Moon Blow the Fuse opens a new season of ‘Tomorrow the Moon’ with an amazing double bill. Ivy Benson Revisited with Carol Gasser / Claudia…

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…

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…

Mon 27 January 2020

James Copus Quintet

James Copus is an award winning jazz trumpet player who is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most exciting trumpet players on the London scene. Having grown up in…

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…

Sat 25 January 2020

IMPROV NIGHTS

“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…

THE AFRICAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA directed by Serge Ngando-Mpondo

THE AFRICAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA SERGE NGANDO-MPONDO, director/composer/bass The 10-piece African Jazz Orchestra is directed by Cameroonian French double and electric bassist SERGE NGANDO-MPONDO. The orchestra is the musical vision of…

Fri 24 January 2020

Thu 23 January 2020

Words and Jazz

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

EVAN PARKER INVITES…

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…

Wed 22 January 2020

LUCA SISERA’S ROOFER

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…

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