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Tue 15 October 2019

Alice Leggett Quartet

Line-up: Alice Leggett – sax Rick Simpson – piano Calum Gourlay – bass Jon Scott – drums The Alice Leggett Quartet will be playing a combination of Alice’s original compositions,…

Mon 14 October 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. In essence the team strive to…

Sun 13 October 2019

Oxjam Hackney festival

Oxjam is taking over Hackney once again! Join us on the 13th of October at the Vortex Jazz Club for a night of music, fundraising and much more! Line up:…

London Jazz Orchestra / Guildhall Jazz Band

Two big bands for one: The LJO welcomes the award-winning Guildhall Jazz Orchestra, featuring some of the brightest young talents on the scene, playing music by former LJO members Stan…

Sat 12 October 2019


Emulsion VIII is a celebration of the adventurous spirit & the open mind. The programme includes: Awakening – Nikki Iles; Happy Mountain – Hans Koller; Elastic Band – Trish Clowes; Anamnesis – Josephine Stephenson Solo cello

Fri 11 October 2019

Nikki Iles Big Band

Award winning pianist and composer, Nikki Iles brings her 20 piece Jazz Orchestra to the Vortex marking a new chapter in a long and distinguished career in British Jazz, gathering…

Thu 10 October 2019

Wed 09 October 2019

Billy Marrows Band

The Billy Marrows Band brings together Billy Marrows on guitar, Chris Williams (Led Bib, Let Spin) on alto sax, Huw V Williams (HON, Ivo Neame Quintet) on bass and Jay…

Tue 08 October 2019

Tom Ollendorff Quartet

Tom Ollendorff Quartet, Marc Michel Drums Alex Hitchcock Sax Joe Downard Bass Tom Ollendorff is an award winning jazz guitarist based in London. He has performed alongside Bill McHenry, Ari Hoenig, Jeff…

Mon 07 October 2019

Union Division

Union Division with Moss Freed and a host of others… Comprising leading figures from the UK’s improvised music scene, Union Division present Micromotives: a daring and anarchic approach to collective…

Sun 06 October 2019

David Beebee Quartet featuring Julian Nicholas

“David Beebee is brilliant…his scores are world class” – Jazzwise magazine
“Now prepared to be totally floored by the dynamic music of UK bassist David Beebee” – ​Ronnie Scott’s magazine
David Beebee – Piano, Julian Nicholas – Saxophone Eric Ford – Drums, Jakub Cywinski – Bass

Sat 05 October 2019

Ed Jones Quartet

Ed Jones :Tenor/Soprano Saxophones Ross Stanley:Piano Riaan Vosloo:Double Bass Tim Giles:Drums An award winning Uk jazz saxophonist/composer who has been based in London for over 25 years. He works in…

Fri 04 October 2019

Late night: Jazz Inc presents – Twilight sessions

Fronted by House Band Paul Westwwod’s Jazz Fx we welcome… Joe Diodato Trio Joe Diodato is an Italian born singer/songwriter and composer. His Trio performs live original compositions, and also…

The Brass Monkeys

Brass Monkeys are an eclectic improvising brass band influenced by jazz, blues, reggae, country, free improvisation, soul and folk. The band features mistress of the trombone Annie Whitehead along side Chris Dowding, Charlotte Keeffe, Jim Rattigan, Olly Blackman and others.

Thu 03 October 2019

John Bennett Band

The John Bennett Band is a 15 piece jazz ensemble. The music is structured whilst also allowing for interplay between the musicians. Includes Peter Ralis, Andy Gibson , Claud Deppa, (trumpets)
Rachel Bartlet (tenor sax / soprano), Louise Elliot (tenor sax/ flute)
Dave Blackmore (alto sax), Dave Bittelli (baritone sax) and others…

Wed 02 October 2019

Salon de Resonances

Salon: “A place where artists and writers meet” (Cambridge Dictionary) Hosted by Aurelie Freoua, this salon is a chance to explore, listen, be challenged and experiment. Debate, music and free…

Tue 01 October 2019

Mon 30 September 2019

Sun 29 September 2019

THEY WILL FLOCK – THE GAME (album launch)

Pete Gavin – Electric Bass Thomas Lumley – Tenor Saxophone Aubin Vanns – Electric Guitar Matt Davies – Drums Formed by electric bassist Pete Gavin, They Will Flock play music…

Sat 28 September 2019

Sarah Gillespie

Streetwise singer Sarah Gillespie returns to the Vortex with a great band including Kit Downes, Chris Montague, James Maddren and Ruth Goller. Unmissable

Fri 27 September 2019

RAY CARLESS CLUB SKAAVILLE presents: Teshay Makeda

Teshay Makeda (vocals) Roots Souljahs     Ray is committed to nurturing new talent under his Club Skaaville promotional banner with his collaborator M-Press Lee. This evening’s performance introduces  new…

Thu 26 September 2019

Wed 25 September 2019

Tue 24 September 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)

Mon 23 September 2019

The Shape of Jazz To Come presents: Joe Downard

The Shape of Jazz to Come presents: ‘Seven Japanese Tales’ a project created by Joe Downard whose compositions were inspired by the writing of Japanese author Junichirō Tanizaki’s ‘Seven Japanese Tales’.

Sun 22 September 2019

Theo May’s Odd Unit

Theo May’s original music for Odd Unit is rich weave of Jazz, Folk and Classical music- difficult to pigeon-hole into any one genre, but immediately recognisable and striking in its…

Sat 21 September 2019

Fri 20 September 2019

Late Night: Grassroots

The September edition of Grass Roots will feature a ferocious outfit named Rhinoceros. Led by tenor saxophonist Damon Oliver, this septet's high-energy but controlled sound seamlessly connects the dots between contemporary jazz, rock and electronic music.

Voyager II (Downstairs)

Voyager II are back with their monthly residency! This time joined by some vinyl spinning in-between sets, courtesy of Sergiu. As the name suggests, Voyager II aren’t about standing still,…


“These Guys Are Super Badass!” Vancouver International Jazz Festival – June 2014 Since their formation in 1996 Partisans have been thrilling audiences with their ferociously energetic performances. Hailed as breaking…

Thu 19 September 2019

Wed 18 September 2019

Sweet September

Shake the September melancholy with the gorgeous songs of favourite singers such as Arleta, Paspala, Galani, Alexiou amongst others and beloved composers Hadjidakis, Loizos, Hadjinasios to name but a few!…

Tue 17 September 2019

Mon 16 September 2019

Esben Tjalve’s Red Kite Album Launch

Red Kite is a sextet led by pianist Esben Tjalve joined by the highly skilled musicians and seasoned lights of the UK jazz scene: Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet), Ross Hughes (bass clarinet and Sax), Hannes Riepler (guitar), Jasper Høiby (bass) and Tim Giles (drums).

Sun 15 September 2019


John Russell continues to host the UK’s longest running concert series dedicated to freely improvised music.

Sat 14 September 2019

Fri 13 September 2019

Brandon Allen’s BATL Quartet

Brandon Allen – Tenor saxophone Tim Lapthorn – Piano Arnie Somogyi – Bass Lloyd Haines – Drums Brandon Allen and Tim Lapthorn have been performing together for over 16 years. The…

Thu 12 September 2019

Moholo messengers

Louis Moholo-Moholo percussion Neil Metcalfe flute Caroline Kraabel alto sax, voice John Edwards double bass   A rare opportunity to hear this quartet of consummate and virtuosic improvisers, who first…

Wed 11 September 2019

Tue 10 September 2019

Mon 09 September 2019


The monthly open-minded Freedom Improv session, Voted by the Evening Standard one of the Top 6 Uk jam sessions. Curated  by Cleveland Watkiss, Orphy Robinson and Tori Handsley plus DJ Paul Bradshaw. There’s an…

Sun 08 September 2019

Wandering Wires

Oxford-based contemporary jazz quartet Wandering Wires make their debut at the Vortex. A searing mix of jazz, soul Brazilian and electronic sounds, Wandering Wires are establishing themselves as one of…

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 07 September 2019


Richard Strauss smoulderingly gyrating against a grooving Curtis Mayfield … Elvis Presley rocking out to a harmolodic, Ornette Coleman-infused maelstrom … Mozart strutting his stuff in an exuberant, African street-band…

Fri 06 September 2019

Thu 05 September 2019

WorldService Project

WorldService Project has taken a chameleon-like form over the years, with 10 years of touring under their belts across the USA, China, India, Japan and of course some of Europe’s…

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