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Wed 29 May 2024

Jazz And Wine 3. With music from Hannes Riepler Trio

Our summer Jazz and Wine event, hosted by Liv Kessler, is in collaboration with acclaimed importer Sager And Wine (“Atmospheric and forward thinking.” Olive Magazine) As we continue our deepening […]

Thu 30 May 2024

Edition Records Label Meet: Q and A Panel

Open to all musicians, industry and fans wanting to understand a little more about the workings of releasing music, join this FREE event to meet the Edition Records team, and discover insights into the challenges and solutions of releasing music in today’s world.

Tue 04 June 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 09 June 2024

Mon 10 June 2024

Wed 12 June 2024

Mike Fletcher’s Silent Form Quartet

Doors 6:30 PM, Music 7:30 PM – 1 set(s) of music   Line-up: Mike Fletcher – Alto saxophone Petter Frost Fadnes – Alto saxophone Olie Brice – Double Bass Dag […]

Fri 14 June 2024

Dalston Song Club [LATE NIGHT]

Two songwriters join Matthew Herd to perform in the round as part of this intimate, late night series.
This month features lilo and Joseph Futak.

Sat 15 June 2024

Local & Live in Hackney Presents Mandalakia

After a short hiatus, we are happy to resume our series of events at the Vortex Downstairs organised by Local & Live in Hackney, a small group of local musicians and artists. They organise gigs to support musicians, and their communities, across the rich traditions of Hackney and East London.

Wed 19 June 2024

Misrule

Featuring: Alan Wilkinson (saxophone), Jamie Coleman (trumpet), Ed Lucas (trombone), Dave Tucker (guitar), Marcio Mattos (double bass) & Phillip Marks (drums)

Tue 25 June 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Wed 26 June 2024

Tereza Catarov – Koren

Tereza Catarov is a musician born in Romania and based in London (UK), who is gifted with the talent of composition and the art of singing.

Thu 04 July 2024

Asha Parkinson’s Kalpadruma Quartet

Dynamic saxophonist, composer and arranger, Asha Parkinson founded Kalpadruma in 2017 to explore exciting meeting points between Jazz, Contemporary Classical, Flamenco, Mediterranean, Arab and Indian musics.

Thu 11 July 2024

Sun 14 July 2024

Wed 17 July 2024

OWL Quartet + guests

OWL Quartet is a new double trumpet group co-led by London-based Charlotte Keeffe and Norwich-based Chris Dowding.

Sat 03 August 2024

Wed 18 September 2024

Sat 25 May 2024

Thu 23 May 2024

Mon 20 May 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Thu 16 May 2024

Enemies Of Turin

Bringing beat-heavy electronic improv jazz, Enemies of Turin fuse diverse influences from across modern music in epic improvised sets interweaving big grooves, heavy bass lines, fierce hooks and gleaming electronics!

Sun 12 May 2024

Tue 07 May 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Wed 01 May 2024

Dom Pusey Trio

Dom Pusey Trio’s music unapologetically harks back to the classic organ trio sound, whilst pushing in a modern direction, equally influenced by soul, rock and the BAM tradition.

Sun 28 April 2024

Thu 25 April 2024

In the name of Ra

An up-and-coming quartet hailing from around the UK and beyond, RA are coming to the Vortex! Taking influence from jazz, world and free music we provide an eclectic, vibrant sound fusing strong, driven rhythms with broad and expansive melodies.

Wed 24 April 2024

Jesse Doniach Trio

Hailing from Hackney, East London, pianist Jesse Doniach is quickly emerging as one of the bright young talents in London’s vibrant jazz scene. Graduating from Trinity Laban conservatoire in 2021, he has since accumulated a breadth of performance experience.

Thu 18 April 2024

Ronan Guilfoyle’s Bemusement Arcade

Ronan Guilfoyle who has been a major figure in Irish jazz for more than thirty years, presents Bemusement Arcade, his innovative new quartet devoted to expanding the rhythmic language of jazz via the tradition of blues, swing and standards.

Wed 17 April 2024

Heinen / Challenger / Heath / Cleasby

Bruno Heinen joins forces with ECM recording artist Tom Challenger to play arrangements of Horace Silver, Bobby Hutcherson and Dorothy Ashby alongside originals from the co-leaders with a fiery young rhythm section of Kobe Heath and Will Cleasby.

Sun 14 April 2024

Tue 09 April 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Thu 04 April 2024

Chris Montague / Ted Morcaldi Guitar Duo

Together Montague and Morcaldi blend electric guitar, classical guitar and sonic exploration within a broad repertoire from Joni Mitchell and The Beatles, Bill Frisell and Ralph Towner, to original compositions and improvisations.

Tue 02 April 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 24 March 2024

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 19 March 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Mon 18 March 2024

Røysum/Edwards/Sanders

Discover this new trio featuring clarinetist Andreas Røysum, bassist John Edwards & drummer Mark Sanders currently touring in Norway and the UK.

Thu 14 March 2024

Tom Ridout’s UFO

UFO (Unidentified Folk Outfit), led by Tom Ridout on the electric recorder, is a Rock/Folk power trio that reinvents traditional English folk music. The band combines innovative arrangements with a focus on improvisation, creating a unique and dynamic sound. Expect to hear well-known melodies, but with intriguing and unexpected twists.

Wed 13 March 2024

Silvia Leonzio Quartet

Silvia Leonzio Quartet is a new project that brings together various genres such as modern jazz, folk, world music, improvised music, and songwriting. The project introduces a fresh and captivating sound by combining these diverse elements.

Tue 05 March 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 25 February 2024

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 20 February 2024

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Tue 12 December 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam [CANCELLED]

Unfortunately and due to unforeseen events, we are currently unable to host this performance in our downstairs bar. We hope to announce a new date very soon so keep an eye on our website.

Sat 09 December 2023

VORTEX LATES [CANCELLED]

Unfortunately and due to unforeseen events, we are currently unable to host this performance in our downstairs bar. We hope to announce a new date very soon so keep an eye on our website.

A Standard Afternoon [CANCELLED]

Unfortunately and due to unforeseen events, we are currently unable to host this performance in our downstairs bar. We hope to announce a new date very soon so keep an eye on our website. 

Tue 05 December 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam [CANCELLED]

Unfortunately and due to unforeseen events, we are currently unable to host this performance in our downstairs bar. We hope to announce a new date very soon so keep an eye on our website.

Sat 02 December 2023

Sat 25 November 2023

A Standard Afternoon [CANCELLED]

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to host today’s jam session. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience. Next session will take place on December 9th.

Fri 24 November 2023

Wed 22 November 2023

Steve Saunders & Asger Nissen: Arche

UK guitarist Steve Saunders (Xhosa Cole, Paul Dunmall) and Berlin saxophonist Asger Nissen (Jim Black, Jeff Ballard, Loren Stillman) present ‘arche’ (ar-kay), a unique, bassless trio infused with contemporary classical and jazz/improvised music influences.

Tue 21 November 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 11 November 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 07 November 2023

Mon 06 November 2023

Whirlpool Series / November Session / Curated by Jakub Klimiuk

For the latest in our new monthly series of up-and-coming musicians of the scene here in London, we have a night programmed by guitarist Jakub Klimiuk. New music, new line-ups. What could be more exciting. Take the plunge and come along!

Wed 01 November 2023

Awen Ensemble

Awen Ensemble are an alternative folk jazz collective featuring spoken word, shimmering instrumentation and a Celtic mystique, they bring a unique offering to the live performance table.

Sat 28 October 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Thu 19 October 2023

Tue 17 October 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 14 October 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Thu 12 October 2023

Francisco Garcia de Paredes

Francisco Garcia de Paredes is a jazz guitarist and composer from North London and a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Tomorrow’s Warriors jazz programme. Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of artists including Gretchen Parlato, Aaron Parks, Jim Hall, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Francisco strives to weave these influences into his music, shaping his unique compositional voice.

Tue 03 October 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 30 September 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 19 September 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 16 September 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 12 September 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Wed 06 September 2023

Sam Braysher Quartet: the music of Kurt Weill

Sam Braysher’s new project explores the work of Kurt Weill, a fascinating composer who lies at the intersection of European classical music, jazz, opera and American musical theatre.

Sat 02 September 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Wed 23 August 2023

Alexandra Ridout Trio

Trumpeter Alexandra Ridout returns to the Vortex with a trio feat. Freddie Jensen (bass) & Gene Calderazzo (drums) for an early downstairs show.

Tue 15 August 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 12 August 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 01 August 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Thu 27 July 2023

Matt Jacobs Quartet (Downstairs)

The Matt Jacobs Quartet is made up of four of London’s up-and-coming jazz musicians. Having initially met in NYJO, the quartet continues to play straight ahead jazz to a high standard.

Tue 18 July 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 15 July 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Thu 13 July 2023

“Stories” Album Launch – Shirley Smart/Demi Garcia Sabat/James Arben

Shirley, Demi and James are long-time collaborators in a variety of different projects spanning a wide range of musical genres. Stories is a trilogy of freely improvised albums, recorded immediately after the lockdown in April 2021 during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Thu 06 July 2023

Maddy Coombs Quartet

Maddy is a tenor saxophone player based in London, and her band featuring Sultan Stevenson, Menelik Claffey and Zoe Pascal, has been playing together for a long time after first meeting through Tomorrow’s Warriors classes when they were younger.

Tue 04 July 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Tue 27 June 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 24 June 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 20 June 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Mon 12 June 2023

JAZZEXCHANGE DSILTON GEORG VOGEL

The Austrian Cultural Forum London is delighted to invite you to this year’s JazzExchange celebrating cutting edge Austrian music in a cultural exchange with some of the most exciting UK ensembles.

Sat 10 June 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 30 May 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 27 May 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Thu 25 May 2023

Tom Remon & Alex Ho

Two London-based ex-Tomorrow’s Warriors Tom Remon and Alex Ho join forces and explore standard repertoire and improvisations in the unusual but fairly explored guitar/piano duo. They are exploring this format on a 5 date tour across the UK

Sat 13 May 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 02 May 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 29 April 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Mon 24 April 2023

Tue 18 April 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 15 April 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 11 April 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 01 April 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 28 March 2023

The Music of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

An evening of music celebrating the music of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Expect some well known favourites and a few less commonly played tunes as we spend an evening with one of the iconic figures of 20th century jazz.

Tue 21 March 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Mon 20 March 2023

Tom Challenger/Alex Bonney/Mark Sanders

Tom Challenger (Saxophone), Alex Bonney (Trumpet/Electronics) and Mark Sanders (Drums) join together to improvise as a trio. Having played together in various combinations with others (Alex Hawkins, John Edwards, Brass […]

Sat 18 March 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Fri 17 March 2023

Azalea Arts presents Variety Night

Azalea Arts will be hosting a variety Show filled with Artistic Expression including Art, Music, Literature and Dance. It will be held at the multi-award winning Vortex Jazz Club, East […]

Tue 07 March 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 04 March 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 21 February 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 18 February 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Fri 17 February 2023

Tue 07 February 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 04 February 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Sat 21 January 2023

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets open to the floor – all welcome!

Tue 17 January 2023

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Mon 16 January 2023

James Allsopp Trio

James Allsopp, one of our most imaginative saxophonists, both technically and lyrically,  has managed to get together for this one-off show two of our great jazz musicians, generally nowadays not […]

Sat 10 December 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets […]

Fri 09 December 2022

Tue 06 December 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 26 November 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets […]

Tue 22 November 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 12 November 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets […]

Thu 10 November 2022

Book Launch: Laurie Evans “Derry Boys”

Long-time night manager at the Vortex Laurie Evans celebrates the release of their new book ‘Derry Boys’ – join us to hear from the author, grab copies of the new book and listen to special performances from two members of the Undertones.

Wed 09 November 2022

Tue 08 November 2022

The Music of Miles

An evening of music celebrating the first great Miles Davis quintet, focussing on their Prestige recordings

Tue 01 November 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Tue 25 October 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 23 October 2022

Sat 22 October 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets […]

Sat 08 October 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets […]

Tue 04 October 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Tue 20 September 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 17 September 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with performances from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Arrive early if you’d also like to join in for when the sets […]

Tue 06 September 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 03 September 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with jazz standards from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Opens up for the final set from 5.30pm – all welcome to […]

Tue 16 August 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 13 August 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Come down for a drink downstairs with jazz standards from a rotating group of London-based singers and instrumentalists. Opens up for the final set from 5.30pm – all welcome to […]

Tue 02 August 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 30 July 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Tue 19 July 2022

[CANCELLED] Midweek Downstairs Jam

Due to the extremely high temperatures expected this coming Tuesday and the absence of air conditioning in our downstairs area we had to cancel the mid-week jam. Apologies for the inconvenience and hope to see you at the next session on August 2nd.

Sat 16 July 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Tue 05 July 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 02 July 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Wed 29 June 2022

Alistair Martin (2nd show)

Trumpet player Alistair Martin will be joined by some of London’s most gifted players: James Allsopp (Saxophone), Dave Storey (Drums), Flo Moore (Bass) and Eddie Lee (Keys), to perform music from his acclaimed debut album ‘Oblivion’

Alistair Martin (1st show)

Trumpet player Alistair Martin will be joined by some of London’s most gifted players: James Allsopp (Saxophone), Dave Storey (Drums), Flo Moore (Bass) and Eddie Lee (Keys), to perform music from his acclaimed debut album ‘Oblivion’

Tue 28 June 2022

OK Aurora

OK Aurora is an up-and-coming Jazz/Pop octet that comprises of some of the London jazz scene’s fastest rising stars.
Playing the original songs of Amsterdam-based drummer/composer Rod Oughton, the band was called ‘the most exciting thing I’ve heard for ages’ by Jeremy Isaac at Jazz Journal.

Sun 26 June 2022

Vortex Jam Session hosted by Helena Kay

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson and tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan, each one hosting one session on rotation.

Sat 25 June 2022

Fri 24 June 2022

Miguel Gorodi Nonet (2nd show)

The Miguel Gorodi Nonet features many of London’s leading jazz musicians who bring their own personalities to the sound through their unique improvisations. Influences include Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Louis Andriessen, Gerard Grisey, Thelonious Monk, Stravinsky, and many others.

Miguel Gorodi Nonet (1st show)

The Miguel Gorodi Nonet features many of London’s leading jazz musicians who bring their own personalities to the sound through their unique improvisations. Influences include Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Louis Andriessen, Gerard Grisey, Thelonious Monk, Stravinsky, and many others.

Thu 23 June 2022

Meg Bird Quintet – A Celebration of Influence

Born and bred in East London, Meg Bird is an emerging young artist right at the cusp of an exciting musical career. Her sound is rooted in the jazz tradition, though and she is constantly pushing songs, both old and new, to fresh boundaries

Wed 22 June 2022

Trons Tew (2nd show)

Heavy music with big instruments. Leading from the back is Twm Dylan (Maisha, Gary Bartz) in a double double bass shoot out with Huw V Williams (Gruff Rhys). Up front we have Rosie Turton (Nerija) and Dan Smith (Howl Quartet) with Jake Long (Maisha) providing the swing.

Trons Tew (1st show)

Heavy music with big instruments. Leading from the back is Twm Dylan (Maisha, Gary Bartz) in a double double bass shoot out with Huw V Williams (Gruff Rhys). Up front we have Rosie Turton (Nerija) and Dan Smith (Howl Quartet) with Jake Long (Maisha) providing the swing.

Tue 21 June 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 19 June 2022

Vortex Jam Session hosted by Helena Kay

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson and tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan, each one hosting one session on rotation.

Sat 18 June 2022

SIMON PURCELL / JEAN TOUSSAINT / MARK TAYLOR / STEVE WATTS (2ND SHOW)

Unfortunately, due to Covid, Red Circle won’t be able to perform as planned. However, Simon Purcell has arranged another brilliant line-up featuring: Simon Purcell (piano), Jean Toussaint (saxophones), Steve Watts (double bass) & Mark Taylor (drums).

Simon Purcell / Jean Toussaint / Mark Taylor / Steve Watts (1st show)

Unfortunately, due to Covid, Red Circle won’t be able to perform as planned. However, Simon Purcell has arranged another brilliant line-up featuring: Simon Purcell (piano), Jean Toussaint (saxophones), Steve Watts (double bass) & Mark Taylor (drums).

Fri 17 June 2022

Elina Duni & Rob Luft feat. Fred Thomas (2nd show)

Elina Duni and Rob Luft’s programme of songs of love and exile has been gathering momentum since 2017, when the Albanian-Swiss singer and the British guitarist began their collaboration. Along the way the duo has been augmented by several distinguished guests, with multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas making a significant contribution to the overarching concept.

Elina Duni & Rob Luft feat. Fred Thomas (1st show)

Elina Duni and Rob Luft’s programme of songs of love and exile has been gathering momentum since 2017, when the Albanian-Swiss singer and the British guitarist began their collaboration. Along the way the duo has been augmented by several distinguished guests, with multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas making a significant contribution to the overarching concept.

Thu 16 June 2022

Little Weaver Bird – Kinsella/Kitchmann/Stone-Lonergan/Di Biase/Burgoyne

Little Weaver Bird is a contemporary take on the unique music and poetry of Molly Drake. Fronted by award-winning Irish vocalist Lauren Kinsella (Snowpoet), this new quintet features some of the U.K’s most in demand musicians; James Kitchman, (guitar) Riley Stone Lonergan, (sax) Andrea Di Biase, (bass) and Phelan Burgoyne (drums).

Wed 15 June 2022

Louise Dodds Quartet

Scottish jazz vocalist Louise Dodds will be making her debut at The Vortex tonight performing songs from her latest album ‘The Story Needs an Ending’ as part of her UK tour. Released in March 2022, the album is a deeply personal collection of songs written and arranged by Louise, which are both moving and uplifting.

Tue 14 June 2022

Guildhall Jazz Singers & band

A night of close harmony and lush arrangements from Guildhall’s 2022 vocal ensemble ‘The Guildhall Jazz Singers’ including the work of Gene Puerling, Duncan Lamont and Scott Stroman.

Mon 13 June 2022

Sun 12 June 2022

[CANCELLED] Vortex Jam Session

Unfortunately, we had to cancel this Sunday’s jam session but we look forward to welcoming you next week for a session hosted by saxophonist Helena Kay.

Sat 11 June 2022

John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits (2nd Show)

The Blue Spirits Trio John is leading tonight is a classic guitar-led jazz organ trio and showcases the bluesier side of John’s musical repertoire. With Pete Whittaker on organ, a superb accompanist as well as soloist and in demand drummer George Double.

John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits (1st Show)

The Blue Spirits Trio John is leading tonight is a classic guitar-led jazz organ trio and showcases the bluesier side of John’s musical repertoire. With Pete Whittaker on organ, a superb accompanist as well as soloist and in demand drummer George Double.

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Fri 10 June 2022

Liran Donin’s 1000 Boats (2nd Show)

Bass player, composer and producer Liran Donin and his band 1000 Boats are returning to the Vortex for their first London debut since Covid, and will be showcasing some new material.

Liran Donin’s 1000 Boats (1st Show)

Bass player, composer and producer Liran Donin and his band 1000 Boats are returning to the Vortex for their first London debut since Covid, and will be showcasing some new material.

Thu 09 June 2022

Wed 08 June 2022

The Sultan Stevenson Trio featuring Larry Bartley (2nd Show)

Sultan is an upcoming young talent, aged only 21. He is joined by his other young and talented partner in crime: Joel Waters on drums and special guest Larry Bartley at the bass.This concert will feature Sultan’s original compositions, many of which will soon be released on Sultan’s debut album.

The Sultan Stevenson Trio featuring Larry Bartley (1st Show)

Sultan is an upcoming young talent, aged only 21. He is joined by his other young and talented partner in crime: Joel Waters on drums and special guest Larry Bartley at the bass.This concert will feature Sultan’s original compositions, many of which will soon be released on Sultan’s debut album.

Tue 07 June 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 05 June 2022

Vortex Jam Session hosted by Riley Stone-Lonergan

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson and tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan, each one hosting one session on rotation.

Sat 04 June 2022

Sean Gibbs (2nd show)

Sean Gibbs is a London based trumpet player/composer, known for his work with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Calum Gourlay Big Band, Young Pilgrims and many others. Tonight he will be performing material from his album ‘When Can I See You Again?’, released with Ubuntu Music.

Sean Gibbs (1st show)

Sean Gibbs is a London based trumpet player/composer, known for his work with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Calum Gourlay Big Band, Young Pilgrims and many others. Tonight he will be performing material from his album ‘When Can I See You Again?’, released with Ubuntu Music.

Fri 03 June 2022

Fini Bearman

Tonight, Fini comes together with Tom Cawley (piano) and Corrie Dick (drums) to perform songs from her most recent record ‘La Loba’, in the wonderfully intimate atmosphere of the Vortex.

Sun 29 May 2022

Vortex Jam Session hosted by Rick Simpson

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson and tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan, each one hosting one session on rotation.

Sat 28 May 2022

Arun Ghosh (2nd show)

Award-winning clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh makes an eagerly anticipated return to The Vortex, performing music from new album, Seclused in Light.

Arun Ghosh (1st show)

Award-winning clarinettist and composer Arun Ghosh makes an eagerly anticipated return to The Vortex, performing music from new album, Seclused in Light.

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Fri 27 May 2022

Nick Costley-White Trio (2nd show)

Guitarist Nick Costley-White leads an all star cross-generational trio playing a unique selection of songbook classics and jazz standards. Nick performs extensively with his trio across the city and has developed a distinct and swinging ensemble sound with regular drummer Josh Morrison. For this special performance they invite Dave Green to feature on double bass.

Nick Costley-White Trio (1st show)

Guitarist Nick Costley-White leads an all star cross-generational trio playing a unique selection of songbook classics and jazz standards. Nick performs extensively with his trio across the city and has developed a distinct and swinging ensemble sound with regular drummer Josh Morrison. For this special performance they invite Dave Green to feature on double bass.

Thu 26 May 2022

Wed 25 May 2022

Heidi Vogel (2nd Show)

Playing the music of Sarah Vaughan, singer Heidi Vogel returns to the Vortex with a fantastic band featuring: Will Barry (piano), Tom Farmer (bass) & Shane Forbes (drums).

Heidi Vogel (1st Show)

Playing the music of Sarah Vaughan, singer Heidi Vogel returns to the Vortex with a fantastic band featuring: Will Barry (piano), Tom Farmer (bass) & Shane Forbes (drums).

Sun 22 May 2022

Vortex Jam Session hosted by Riley Stone-Lonergan

A weekly session on Sunday evenings, hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson and tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan, each one hosting one session on rotation.

Sat 21 May 2022

Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball (2nd show)

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. With Andy Davies (trumpet) Alex Webb (piano), Andy Champion (bass) and Alfonso Vitale (drums) the group traces the explosive music of Cannonball Adderley from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s.

Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball (1st show)

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. With Andy Davies (trumpet) Alex Webb (piano), Andy Champion (bass) and Alfonso Vitale (drums) the group traces the explosive music of Cannonball Adderley from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s.

Fri 20 May 2022

ENEMY (2nd show)

Petter Eldh (bass), Kit Downes (piano) and James Maddren (drums) are ‘ENEMY’. Based in London and Berlin, they play expressive and complex music – light-speed rhythmic patterns and dense harmonic clusters collide in a unique and formidable combination of voices that has been described as both “fiercely intense” and “beautifully intricate”.

ENEMY (1st show)

Petter Eldh (bass), Kit Downes (piano) and James Maddren (drums) are ‘ENEMY’. Based in London and Berlin, they play expressive and complex music – light-speed rhythmic patterns and dense harmonic clusters collide in a unique and formidable combination of voices that has been described as both “fiercely intense” and “beautifully intricate”.

Thu 19 May 2022

Wed 18 May 2022

Tue 17 May 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 14 May 2022

Improvisation Nights

“IMPROV NIGHTS” is a regular event at The Vortex Jazz Club – Downstairs curated by London-based drummer and percussionist Stefano Ancora. For this occasion he will be doing a drums & percussion solo set.

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Fri 13 May 2022

Thu 12 May 2022

Filomena Campus’ Theatralia w/ Steve Lodder & Charlie Pyne

Campus celebrates twenty years of eclectic artistic career since she left Sardinia to move to London. This project presents new compositions written with pianist Steve Lodder and arrangements of tunes that have been part of her repertoire and international collaborations.

Wed 11 May 2022

Brigitte Beraha’s Lucid Dreamers – ‘Blink’ Album Launch (2nd show)

Brigitte Beraha’s early incarnation of ‘Lucid Dreamers’ premiered at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as a trio with George Crowley and Tim Giles in November 2019. Now extended to a quartet with Alcyona Mick, they released their debut album ‘Lucid Dreamers’ on Let Me Out Records in July 2020.

Brigitte Beraha’s Lucid Dreamers – ‘Blink’ Album Launch (1st show)

Brigitte Beraha’s early incarnation of ‘Lucid Dreamers’ premiered at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as a trio with George Crowley and Tim Giles in November 2019. Now extended to a quartet with Alcyona Mick, they released their debut album ‘Lucid Dreamers’ on Let Me Out Records in July 2020.

Sun 08 May 2022

Vortex Jam Session hosted by Helena Kay

A bi-monthly session on Sunday evenings, hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson and tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan, each one hosting one session on rotation.

Sat 07 May 2022

Fri 06 May 2022

Thu 05 May 2022

VEIN feat. Stan Sulzmann (2nd show)

Since VEIN was founded, the trio has regularly joined forces with guest musicians in horizon-expanding and ground breaking projects. They have now come together again, forming an equally exciting and unconventional quartet with Stan Sulzmann, the great saxophonist with whom VEIN is collaborating since 2018.

VEIN feat. Stan Sulzmann (1st show)

Since VEIN was founded, the trio has regularly joined forces with guest musicians in horizon-expanding and ground breaking projects. They have now come together again, forming an equally exciting and unconventional quartet with Stan Sulzmann, the great saxophonist with whom VEIN is collaborating since 2018.

Wed 04 May 2022

Tue 03 May 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 01 May 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Sat 30 April 2022

Fri 29 April 2022

AlinaHipHarp Quartet (2nd show)

Internationally renowned Alina Bzhezhinska, one of the leading harpists in the world today, has built a strong reputation for innovation.
Creating a unique sound on the harp, with layered effects and electronics, Bzhezhinska will be supported by music supremo’s Mikele Montolli (bass), Joel Prime (percussion) & Adam Teixeira (drums).

AlinaHipHarp Quartet (1st show)

Internationally renowned Alina Bzhezhinska, one of the leading harpists in the world today, has built a strong reputation for innovation.
Creating a unique sound on the harp, with layered effects and electronics, Bzhezhinska will be supported by music supremo’s Mikele Montolli (bass), Joel Prime (percussion) & Adam Teixeira (drums).

Thu 28 April 2022

Wed 27 April 2022

Maddy Coombs Quartet (2nd show)

Maddy Coombs is a young up-and-coming tenor saxophonist from Northampton, and is currently in her third year at the Guildhall School.

Maddy Coombs Quartet (1st show)

Maddy Coombs is a young up-and-coming tenor saxophonist from Northampton, and is currently in her third year at the Guildhall School.

Sat 23 April 2022

Pigfoot (2nd show)

Pigfoot (Chris Batchelor, James Allsopp, Liam Noble & Paul Clarvis) was formed by Chris Batchelor in 2014 to play classic 1920’s New Orleans themes with an open and original improvised approach to the material.

Pigfoot (1st show)

Pigfoot (Chris Batchelor, James Allsopp, Liam Noble & Paul Clarvis) was formed by Chris Batchelor in 2014 to play classic 1920’s New Orleans themes with an open and original improvised approach to the material.

Fri 22 April 2022

Thu 21 April 2022

Heinen / Bartley / Youngs (2nd show)

Pianist Bruno Heinen joins forces with Larry Bartley (Courtney Pine) – one of the most sought after bassists on the scene, and Rod Youngs (Gil Scott-Heron) –  one of the most expressive and adept musicians in the music arena today.

Heinen / Bartley / Youngs (1st show)

Pianist Bruno Heinen joins forces with Larry Bartley (Courtney Pine) – one of the most sought after bassists on the scene, and Rod Youngs (Gil Scott-Heron) –  one of the most expressive and adept musicians in the music arena today.

Wed 20 April 2022

Moonscape (2nd show)

Moonscape is an exciting contemporary group – feat. Jim Howard (trumpet, flugelhorn & electronics), Luke Annesley (alto sax), Julie Walkington (bass) and Mike Pickering drums – playing original music drawn from a wide range of influences.

Moonscape (1st show)

Moonscape is an exciting contemporary group – feat. Jim Howard (trumpet, flugelhorn & electronics), Luke Annesley (alto sax), Julie Walkington (bass) and Mike Pickering drums – playing original music drawn from a wide range of influences.

Tue 19 April 2022

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 17 April 2022

Vortex Jam Session hosted by Helena Kay

A bi-monthly session on Sunday evenings, hosted by four of London’s finest: drummer Jas Kayser, pianist Rick Simpson and tenor saxophonists Helena Kay and Riley Stone-Lonergan, each one hosting one session on rotation.

Sat 16 April 2022

Barry Green Quartet (2nd show)

A reunion for Barry and Helena to develop and explore unique jazz repertoire and standards. A melting pot of Barry and Helena’s exploration of the New York and Dutch jazz scenes.

Barry Green Quartet (1st show)

A reunion for Barry and Helena to develop and explore unique jazz repertoire and standards. A melting pot of Barry and Helena’s exploration of the New York and Dutch jazz scenes.

Fri 15 April 2022

Rachael Cohen Trio (2nd Show)

Rachael Cohen presents her international Trio featuring Joe Downard on double bass and New York drummer Jason Brown.

Rachael Cohen Trio (1st Show)

Rachael Cohen presents her international Trio featuring Joe Downard on double bass and New York drummer Jason Brown.

Thu 14 April 2022

Harry Christelis & Pedro Velasco – ‘SCRIBBLING’ Album Launch’ (2nd show)

Harry Christelis and Pedro Velasco form a guitar duo that explores and challenges the boundaries of improvised music. They recorded their first album, ‘Scribbling’, in December 2020. The result is a truly distinct album that challenges the ideas of what a guitar duo should sound like. ‘Scribbling’ (Ubuntu Music) will be available worldwide in March 2022 on Vinyl/CD/Digital.

Harry Christelis & Pedro Velasco – ‘SCRIBBLING’ Album Launch’ (1st show)

Harry Christelis and Pedro Velasco form a guitar duo that explores and challenges the boundaries of improvised music. They recorded their first album, ‘Scribbling’, in December 2020. The result is a truly distinct album that challenges the ideas of what a guitar duo should sound like. ‘Scribbling’ (Ubuntu Music) will be available worldwide in March 2022 on Vinyl/CD/Digital.

Wed 13 April 2022

Phemo Quartet Performs Anti-Revelation (2nd show)

Formed in 2019 by Iranian composer and pianist, Ashkan Layegh, in London, Phemo aims is to explore freedom through a highly-detailed composition. Its current line up includes Academy graduate, Sam Norris (Alto Saxophone), Guildhall graduate Harry Ling (Drums), and Academy classical guitarist, Gonçalo Maia Caetano (Bass).

Phemo Quartet Performs Anti-Revelation (1st show)

Formed in 2019 by Iranian composer and pianist, Ashkan Layegh, in London, Phemo aims is to explore freedom through a highly-detailed composition. Its current line up includes Academy graduate, Sam Norris (Alto Saxophone), Guildhall graduate Harry Ling (Drums), and Academy classical guitarist, Gonçalo Maia Caetano (Bass).

Sun 10 April 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Sat 09 April 2022

A Hologram Maze (2nd show)

A Hologram Maze is led by pianist/composer David Austin Grey and features brand new music played by five of the UK’s finest improvising musicians, all close friends, bringing the music a deep sense of understanding and common purpose.

A Hologram Maze (1st show)

A Hologram Maze is led by pianist/composer David Austin Grey and features brand new music played by five of the UK’s finest improvising musicians, all close friends, bringing the music a deep sense of understanding and common purpose.

Fri 08 April 2022

Twins: Scott Stroman & Martin Speake

Martin Speake (UK) and Scott Stroman (USA) were born on the same day, half a world apart.  Guitarist Colin Oxley and bassist Larry Bartley join them as their lively “Twins” band returns to celebrate their birthdays.

Thu 07 April 2022

Wed 06 April 2022

The Ben Somers Quartet

Saxophonist, double bassist, singer & composer Ben Somers brings his quartet to the Vortex featuring: Ron Updegraff (guitar), Steve Watts (double bass) and Tim Giles (drums).

Sat 26 March 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Sat 05 March 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Sat 26 February 2022

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon drink with live music from London-based instrumentalists and singers performing jazz standards.

Tue 07 December 2021

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Tue 23 November 2021

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 21 November 2021

Downstairs @ The Vortex

A set from house band featuring: Guido Spannocchi (saxophone), Joe Armer (guitar), Jason Simpson (bass), Tristan Banks (drums)  followed by Jam.

Sat 13 November 2021

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon coffee with live music from a rotating group of London-based instrumentalists and singers jamming over jazz standards.

Tue 02 November 2021

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Mon 01 November 2021

Sun 31 October 2021

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon coffee with live music from a rotating group of London-based instrumentalists and singers jamming over jazz standards.

Sun 24 October 2021

Downstairs @ The Vortex

A set from house band featuring: Guido Spannocchi (saxophone), Joe Armer (guitar), Jason Simpson (bass), Tristan Banks (drums)  followed by Jam.

Tue 19 October 2021

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 16 October 2021

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon coffee with live music from a rotating group of London-based instrumentalists and singers jamming over jazz standards.

Sun 10 October 2021

Monk: A Birthday Celebration

David Miller – Saxophone Eric Lounsbury – Trumpet Michael Richardson – Piano Duncan McKenzie – Bass Bobby James – Drums To mark the birthday of Thelonious Monk, we present a […]

Tue 05 October 2021

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 03 October 2021

Sunday Afternoon of Jazz

Join us for a lovely afternoon of jazz standards and a few surprise numbers at the lovely Vortex Bar downstairs. A lovely intimate venue with a warm atmosphere. Limited numbers […]

Sat 02 October 2021

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon coffee with live music from a rotating group of London-based instrumentalists and singers jamming over jazz standards.

Thu 30 September 2021

Tue 21 September 2021

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 19 September 2021

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon coffee with live music from a rotating group of London-based instrumentalists and singers jamming over jazz standards.

Tue 07 September 2021

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sun 05 September 2021

Sat 04 September 2021

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon coffee with live music from a rotating group of London-based instrumentalists and singers jamming over jazz standards.

Tue 24 August 2021

Sat 21 August 2021

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon coffee with live music from a rotating group of London-based instrumentalists and singers jamming over jazz standards.

Tue 17 August 2021

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Sat 07 August 2021

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon coffee with live music from a rotating group of London-based instrumentalists and singers jamming over jazz standards.

Sat 24 July 2021

A Standard Afternoon

Enjoy an afternoon coffee with live music from a rotating group of London-based instrumentalists and singers jamming over jazz standards.

Tue 20 July 2021

Midweek Downstairs Jam

Welcoming and relaxed, come for a drink, sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your horns, sticks and strings to join in during the second set.

Wed 07 July 2021

Midweek Jam Downstairs

Live music from house band: David Miller (saxophone), Xie Cheng (piano), Duncan McKenzie (drums) & Leo Stimpfle (bass) followed by a jam session.

Sun 04 July 2021

Downstairs @ The Vortex

A set from house band (Guido Spannocchi-alto sax, Phil Stevenson-guitar, Jay Darwish-bass, Filippo Galli-drums), followed by Jam. Come down, play, hang out..would be lovely to see you all. £5 entry, […]

Thu 24 June 2021

Sun 30 May 2021

Downstairs @ The Vortex

A set from house band (Guido Spannocchi-alto sax, Phil Stevenson-guitar, Jay Darwish-bass, Filippo Galli-drums), followed by Jam. Come down, play, hang out..would be lovely to see you all. £5 entry, […]

Tue 25 May 2021

Sat 31 October 2020

Improv Nights

“IMPROV NIGHTS” is a regular event at The Vortex Jazz Club – Downstairs curated by London-based drummer and percussionist Stefano Ancora.

Sat 17 October 2020

Improvisation Nights

“IMPROV NIGHTS” is a regular event at The Vortex Jazz Club – Downstairs curated by London-based drummer and percussionist Stefano Ancora. LIVE DUO and TRIO sets of improvised music, with […]

Sun 02 August 2020

Sat 14 March 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 every month, then […]

Sun 23 February 2020

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 […]

Sat 15 February 2020

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 […]

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), –  […]

Wed 05 February 2020

Sat 01 February 2020

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 […]

Sun 26 January 2020

Sat 21 December 2019

Sat 14 December 2019

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 […]

Fri 29 November 2019

London Electric Blues Band

BAND MEMBERS: Legendary drummer Winston Clifford won the British Jazz awards in 2018. Keys player Dorian Ford is one of the most in demand keys players in the UK. Leading […]

Sun 24 November 2019

Improvised Music Agenda:Live Podcast

Hosted by Huw V Williams, he chats to fellow musicians about life and music within the world of jazz and improvised music. Join for the first live recordings with musicians […]

Sat 23 November 2019

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 […]

Thu 21 November 2019

Festivsal Special! Words and Jazz

Words & Jazz is proud to present a blistering night of the best in contemporary poetry and jazz this EFG London Jazz Festival. Come to the cosy bar downstairs at […]

Tue 19 November 2019

Resonances 3 – Rêves

New artists announced! Be transported at this event merging art, music, poetry and dance to a world of demas. Curated by artist Aurelie Freoua and will include musicians Zac Gvi, Dave O’Brien, Maurizio Ravalico and incredible Korean flautist Hyelim Kim, artists Ley Loosh and Gwen Heddle, poet Mervin Scott, tap dancer Petra Haller and Atomik Bubbles.

Mon 18 November 2019

Sun 17 November 2019

Thelonious

Martin Speake – Saxophone Hans Koller – Euphonium/Piano Jeff Williams – Drums Fred Thomas – Double Bass Thelonious formed in 2015 to study and play the music of one of […]

Sat 16 November 2019

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 […]

Thelonious

Martin Speake – Saxophone Hans Koller – Euphonium Jeff Williams– Drums Fred Thomas – Double Bass Thelonious formed in 2015 to study and play the music of one of the […]

Wed 13 November 2019

Tue 05 November 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 […]

Thu 31 October 2019

Fri 25 October 2019

Voyager II

Voyager II are back with their monthly residency! This October edition will also feature a trip hop DJ set from SONNY DELIGHT

Thu 24 October 2019

Words and Jazz

Come down to our cosy downstairs bar for the best in new poetry and jazz. This ‘outstanding summit
between contemporary poets and musicians’ (The Independent) will warm your soul and broaden
your horizons.

Sat 19 October 2019

Fri 18 October 2019

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 […]

Jeff Herr Corporation

A wonderful trio led by drummer Jeff Herr, with Maxime Bender and Laurent Payfert, will totally submerge you in great music in this early evening downstairs gig.

Fri 23 August 2019

Voyager II

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, […]

Fri 26 July 2019

VOYAGER II

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 […]

Sun 14 July 2019

OPEN DECKS

Open Decks at the Vortex Downstairs, an opportunity for vinyl lovers to play, talk and share music!

Fri 28 June 2019

SHAKE N’ JACK

A night of musical emotion and dancin’ to support and raise awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis! 

hymn (Downstairs)

hymn is a group from Norwich. They have a core trio of Chris Dowding (trumpets & electronics), George McKay (double bass) and David Ross (percussion & electronics). They play spacious […]

Thu 27 June 2019

Words and Jazz

Words & Jazz is back! Hosted by Nikki Heinen it features poetry in the first half, followed by some of the great younger jazz musicians in the second.

Mon 24 June 2019

Fri 21 June 2019

Thu 28 March 2019

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!

Sat 23 March 2019

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 […]

Sun 24 February 2019

Fri 14 December 2018

Thu 22 November 2018

Words & Jazz

Words & Jazz SPECIAL!! Join us in the cosy downstairs bar for a night to remember – award winning poets and musicians!

Thu 25 October 2018

Words & Jazz

Words & Jazz offers the BEST in contemporary poetry and jazz – this October we have hugely talented poets and musicians for your delectation! Come and have a cocktail in the cosy bar and be part of this ‘outstanding summit between contemporary poets and musicians’ (The Independent)
Not one to be missed

Fri 19 October 2018

Open Decks

Open decks is a once month session for vinyl lovers to play music in the relaxed atmosphere of The Vortex Jazz Club Downstairs. A monthly Sunday event where music lovers play […]

Sun 14 October 2018

Sun 30 September 2018

Open Decks

An afternoon for vinyl lovers to get together, play and share music. Free entry.

Thu 23 August 2018

Launch of BLUE SHEILA by Serena Braida

In Blue Sheila (dancing girl press 2018), things can be spoken into existence, or sung. People can conjure up new ways, or exhaust their voices repeating the same thing over and over again. The story of Sheila and her slow-burning emancipation is a performance score. Marcel is violent. Ava is tender and flippant. The chorus reads the news and speaks the jazz tongue. Sheila needs to cross.

Sat 18 August 2018

Thu 26 April 2018

Words & Jazz (Downstairs)

Words & Jazz is BACK! We relaunch with a special event featuring the Michael Marks Prize winners, and nominees, with music from acclaimed duo Bahla. Not to be missed!

Wed 21 February 2018

Sun 17 December 2017

Fri 15 December 2017

Sun 10 December 2017

Sun 03 December 2017

Sun 26 November 2017

Sun 19 November 2017

Sun 12 November 2017

Sun 05 November 2017

Sun 29 October 2017

Fri 27 October 2017

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Sat 30 September 2017

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Sun 20 August 2017

Thu 11 May 2017

Fri 25 November 2016

Thu 24 November 2016

Thu 27 October 2016

WORDS & JAZZ

Every 4th Thursday of every month poet Nicki Heinen hosts Words & Jazz Downstairs  @ the Vortex Jazz Club expect a night of the very best spoken word and jazz. This is an […]

Thu 22 September 2016

Tue 23 August 2016

Pesky’s at the Vortex

A new taste is coming to Dalston and the Vortex Jazz Club.  From Mon 22 to Tue 23 August we are delighted to be hosting the new pop-up kitchen ‘Pesky’s’, […]

Mon 22 August 2016

Pesky’s at the Vortex

A new taste is coming to Dalston and the Vortex Jazz Club.  From Mon 22 to Tue 23 August we are delighted to be hosting the new pop-up kitchen ‘Pesky’s’, […]

Thu 18 August 2016

Wed 10 August 2016

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