The Vortex Jazz Club

The Vortex Jazz Club
Dalston Culture House, 11 Gillett Street, London, N16 8AZ
  • Telephone 020 7254 4097
  • Opening times Mon–Wed 5pm–midnight; Thu–Sun noon–2am.
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  • Website www.vortexjazz.co.uk
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The Vortex is all about jazz, having been named by Downbeat magazine as one of the world's top 150 jazz venues. Volunteer-led and non-profit, it hosts more than 400 performances per year of adventurous music; note that if you come here hoping for an evening of romantic background ivory-tinkling, you may be disappointed, as pianists here are as likely to pound the strings with their bare fists.

The Downstairs Bar offers cocktails named after classic jazz albums (its equivalent of a margarita is called an 'Ascension') as well as burgers, pasta and salads. The nearest Tube is Dalton Kingsland (Overground) and the closest bus routes are 67, 79, 149, 243 and 488.

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Bruno Heinen

The London-based pianist performs a contemporary jazz set.

Sun 15 Apr

£10 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:15

Calum Gourlay's Big Band

The ensemble, led by the bassist-composer, performs contemporary and classic big band material.

Mon 19 Mar

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Mon 16 Apr

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Carol Grimes

One of the great British vocalists, Carol's music is a challenge for anyone to categorise as there are few genres she has not made her own, from rock and folk to blues, jazz and the edge of avant garde. With Annie Whitehead on the trombone, Dorian Ford on piano, Winston Clifford on drums and Max de Wardener, double bass.

Sat 10 Mar

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Carol Grimes: Tales And Songs From A Life

One of the great British vocalists, Carol's music is a challenge for anyone to categorise as there are few genres she has not made her own, from rock and folk to blues, jazz and the edge of avant garde. With Annie Whitehead on the trombone, Dorian Ford on piano, Winston Clifford on drums and Max de Wardener, double bass.

Sat 10 Mar

£15 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:30

Chris Laurence Quartet

The double bassist is joined by Martin France, drums, John Paricelli, guitar and Frank Ricotti, vibraphone a they perform original contemporary jazz numbers.

Sat 24 Feb

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Dave Ferris Group Featuring Maria VÄli

A chance to hear one of the new great musicians out of Birmingham. This band was originally formed in October 2016 by Birmingham-based pianist and composer David Ferris. The music written for this band draws from his experience of playing in large fully-orchestrated groups, and smaller more improvised settings, and…

Thu 8 Mar

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Dave Mannington's Riff Raff

Forward-thinking, contemporary jazz outfit led by the Loop Collective founder member.

Sat 12 May

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Dock In Absolute

Exciting young European trio centred around pianist Jean Philippe Koch's powerful original compositions and virtuoso playing.

Sun 25 Feb

£8.80 / 020 7254 4097

A Duet With Dave Holland & Evan Parker: Fundraising Concert (first Set Other Seats)

A fantastic opportunity to see two huge talents Dave Holland & Evan Parker close up in the intimate setting of the Vortex Jazz Club. Holland and Parker have been friends since first meeting in London in the 1960s. During that time they performed together frequently, often at The Little Theater Club, and played on the…

Fri 2 Mar

£53.50 / 020 7254 4097

A Duet With Dave Holland & Evan Parker: Fundraising Concert For The Vortex Jazz Club

The two long-experienced musicians perform two sets in order to raise money for the venue.

Fri 2 Mar

£40–£50 each set, phone for availability / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:15
  • 22:00

A Duet With Dave Holland And Evan Parker: Fundraising Concert (second Set Other Rows)

A fantastic opportunity to see two huge talents Dave Holland & Evan Parker close up in the intimate setting of the Vortex Jazz Club. Holland and Parker have been friends since first meeting in London in the 1960s. During that time they performed together frequently, often at The Little Theater Club, and played on the…

Fri 2 Mar

£53.50 / 020 7254 4097

Éiriocht: New Music From Ireland (both Nights)

FRIDAY'S LINE UP + TIMES 1900 Izumi Kimura 2000 Colm O'Hara / David Lacey 2100 TRE: Francesco Turrisi / Nick Roth / Kate Ellis 2200 Shane Latimer SATURDAY'S LINE UP + TIMES 1400 Benjamin Dwyer 1500 Olesya Zdorovetska / Keith Lindsay 1600 Laura Hyland / Peter Marsh 1700 Linda Buckley 1800 Mick O'Shea / Irene…

Sat 17 Mar

£22 / 020 7254 4097

Éiriocht: New Music From Ireland (day 1)

Éiríocht is a radical alternative to traditional celebrations for St. Patrick's Weekend 2018. With curated performances by Diatribe Records, Ireland's foremost label for new sounds presenting a panorama view of new Irish contemporary and improvised music, the festival features many of the leading figures on Ireland's…

Fri 16 Mar

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Éiriocht: New Music From Ireland (day 2)

LINE UP + TIMES 1400 Benjamin Dwyer 1500 Olesya Zdorovetska / Keith Lindsay 1600 Laura Hyland / Peter Marsh 1700 Linda Buckley 1800 Mick O'Shea / Irene Murphy 1900 Seán Carpio 2000 Adrian Dunbar / Nick Roth The Wasteland 2100 Lauren Kinsella / Kit Downes 2200 Umbra 2300 DJackulate Supported by IMRO and Culture…

Sat 17 Mar

£17.60 / 020 7254 4097

Eiriocht: New Music From Ireland (Day One)

Mini-fest with performances from Izumi Kimura, Colm O'Hara, David Lacey, Francesco Turrisi, Nick Roth, Kate Ellis and Shane Latimer.

Fri 16 Mar

£12; £20 both nights / 020 7254 4097

  • 18:30

Eiriocht: New Music From Ireland (Day Two)

Mini-fest with performances from Benjamin Dwyer Olesya Zdorovetska, Keith Lindsay, Laura Hyland, Peter Marsh, Linda Buckley, Mick O'Shea, Irene Murphy, Sean Carpio, The Wasteland, Lauren Kinsella, Kit Downes, Umbra and DJackulate.

Sat 17 Mar

£16; £20 both nights / 020 7254 4097

  • 13:30

Elliot Galvin: The Influencing Machine

The composer and pianist's project is a sonic reaction to the human mind, technology and the post-truth age, featuring Tom McCredie and Corrie Dick.

Wed 21 Feb

£12; £10 adv / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

Thu 22 Feb

£12; £10 adv / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

Elliot Galvin The Influencing Machine Album Launch

ELLIOT GALVIN THE INFLUENCING MACHINE ALBUM LAUNCH ELLIOT GALVIN piano, synthesizer, toys TOM McCREDIE double bass, guitar CORRIE DICK drums, percussion Led by composer/pianist Elliot Galvin, The Influencing Machine is a sonic reaction to the human mind, technology and the post-truth age. Analogue synthesis and…

Wed 21 Feb

£11 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

Elliot Galvin The Influencing Machine Album Launch (2nd Night)

ELLIOT GALVIN THE INFLUENCING MACHINE ALBUM LAUNCH ELLIOT GALVIN piano, synthesizer, toys TOM McCREDIE double bass, guitar CORRIE DICK drums, percussion Led by composer/pianist Elliot Galvin, The Influencing Machine is a sonic reaction to the human mind, technology and the post-truth age. Analogue synthesis and…

Thu 22 Feb

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Evan Parker/ Peter Evans / Sam Pluta

A cocktail of interaction and musical experimentation with Maestro Evan Parker, New York-based trumpeter / composer Peter Evans and Chicago-based electronic sound artist / composer Sam Pluta.

Fri 9 Mar

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Evan Parker With Jacob Anderskov's Kinetics

The jazz titan invites some of the leading improvisers from Denmark to perform some traditional jazz.

Sun 25 Feb

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Federico Albanese

The Italian composer's compositions are airy and cinematic, blending classical music, electronica and psychedelia.

Wed 4 Apr

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble

Marking fifty years without John Coltrane, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble attempt to reflect upon the beauty of the man's music. Coltrane was a revolutionary spirit, jazz at its best. A formidable improvisational arraya local jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height-John Fordham, The…

Fri 23 Mar

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble (2nd Night)

Marking fifty years without John Coltrane, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble attempt to reflect upon the beauty of the man's music. Coltrane was a revolutionary spirit, jazz at its best. A formidable improvisational arraya local jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height-John Fordham, The…

Sat 24 Mar

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Henry Lowther’s Still Waters

The accomplished jazz outfit featuring Lowther and bassist Dave Green, perform their original jazz compositions as part of a classic quintet.

Sat 3 Mar

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Ian Shaw

A double winner of the BBC's Jazz Awards Best Vocalist, Ian Shaw moves effortlessly from swinging jazz to powerful ballads, and his collaborators include the very best in the worlds of pop and soul.

Sat 31 Mar

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Inspiration - Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet present their new album Inspiration

Fri 15 Jun

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Jeff Williams Lifelike Album Launch

Drummer/composer Jeff Williams brings his seasoned line-up back to the Vortex to launch Lifelike, recorded there last June. Dividing his time between Brooklyn and London, veteran drummer Jeff Williams is in the midst of an exceptional run on the Whirlwind Recordings label. Outlier, in 2016, showcased his working UK…

Tue 3 Apr

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

John Bennett Band

A signature big-band set from the 14-strong ensemble, led by the trombonist.

Sun 11 Mar

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Julian Siegel Quartet

"A UK-jazz supergroup, this band sets the bar pretty high for the art of making idiomatic, ecletic contemporary jazz" - John Fordham, Guardian Over the last 20 years, Julian has built a reputation as one of the UK's finest jazz musicians. A gifted saxophonist and clarinettist, Julain has worked with many of jazz's leading…

Wed 14 Mar

£15 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00 – 23:00

Thu 15 Mar

£15 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00 – 23:00

Julian Siegel Quartet 'vista' Album Launch (1st Night Of 2 )

A UK-jazz supergroup, this band sets the bar pretty high for the art of making idiomatic, ecletic contemporary jazz John Fordham, Guardian Over the last 20 years, Julian has built a reputation as one of the UK's finest jazz musicians. A gifted saxophonist and clarinettist, Julain has worked with many of jazz's leading…

Wed 14 Mar

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Julian Siegel Quartet 'vista' Album Launch (2nd Night)

A UK-jazz supergroup, this band sets the bar pretty high for the art of making idiomatic, ecletic contemporary jazz John Fordham, Guardian Over the last 20 years, Julian has built a reputation as one of the UK's finest jazz musicians. A gifted saxophonist and clarinettist, Julain has worked with many of jazz's leading…

Thu 15 Mar

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

The Kandinsky Effect

"The Kandinsky Effect have not made the best jazz album of the year, nor the best rock album of the year. Whatever it is, it's still one of the best albums of the year." - John Garratt, PopMatters TKE consists of drummer Caleb Dolister, bassist Gael Petrina and saxophonist Warren Walker. For 10 years, this French trio…

Wed 28 Feb

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Liran Donin's 1000 Boats Album Launch

Celebrating his much anticipated debut album launch of acclaimed Israeli bass player, composer and producer Liran Donin (LedBib, Polar Bear, Mulatu Astatke, The Unthanks, Chrissie Hynde and many more). Donin brings the bass to the forefront and directs the music from there, with his distinctive powerhouse grooving, but…

Thu 31 May

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Meg Morley Trio

The trio perform jazz originals.

Fri 23 Feb

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Mopomoso

A feast of free improvisation.

Sun 18 Mar

£8.80 / 020 7254 4097

Noah Stoneman Trio

Noah Stoneman was a finallist in the recent BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year. He is also a member of the band of trumpeter Alexandra Ridout. Youth, maturity and energy. As well as leading his own trio, he is a member of the group Zenel, picked as a group to watch for 2018 by Jazzwise Magazine. Noah Stoneman (piano)…

Tue 27 Feb

£8.80 / 020 7254 4097

Patrick Bebey

The French-Cameroonian jazz pianist makes his London solo debut.

Wed 7 Mar

£13.75 / 020 7254 4097

Paul Dunmall , Liam Noble , John Edwards And Mark Sanders

The quartet performs melodic improv alongside guest trombonist Steve Swell.

Thu 1 Mar

£12 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

Paula Rae Gibson And Sam Leak - Album Launch

Paula Rae Gibson and Sam Leak return for the launch of their new album on 33 Records. An intoxicatin

Tue 27 Mar

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Poppy Ackroyd

Neo-classical music.

Thu 3 May

Sold out / 020 7254 4097

Rebetiko Today With Pliri Ntaxei

Pliri Ntaxei is currently one of the most successful bands to have come out of Greece. Their combination of deeply rooted traditional performances of rebetiko as well as their own original compositions, and their unique, quirky way of performing has led to a widespread success beyond just Greece. The music band pliri…

Sat 28 Apr

£15.40 some concessions / 020 7254 4097

The Reluctant Astronauts

Rhythmic storyteller Sean Noonan composes and conducts original multi-stylistic music with a pair of drum sticks.

Mon 5 Mar

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Siv Øyunn Kjenstad + Kit Downes

Siv Øyunn Kjenstad drums, voice Kit Downes piano Siv and Kit met playing in Thomas Stronen's band 'Time is a Blind Guide', now they embark on solo projects together. Øyunn is rough, refreshing, open and well-defined. Sweet melodies and delicious grooves with exciting rhythmic and harmonic quirks. Øyunn is Siv…

Thu 7 Jun

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Stefania Arcieri Ensemble

The vocalist is backed by a star-studded band to perform dreamy jazz harmonies.

Mon 26 Feb

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Stefania Arcieri Ensemble

Singer Stefania Arcieri brings a star-studded band to support her powerful vocals. With Gareth Lockrane (Flute), Sam Leak (piano), Andrea di Biase (bass) An intense encounter between harmonies, textures and perspectives, expressed through a multicoloured mixture of timbres. Here the role of the singer is particular: the…

Mon 26 Feb

£10 / 020 7254 4097

  • 19:30 – 22:30

Steve Swell With Paul Dunmall

The great American trombonist Steve Swell will join probably the finest improvising/jazz based quartet in the UK at present with Paul Dunmall, Liam Noble, John Edwards, Mark Sanders. Each musician playing tonight has an international reputation as a leading figure on their chosen instrument.

Thu 1 Mar

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Toby Foyeh

The British-Nigerian guitarist mixes jazz and world styles in his original material, plus a range of other influences.

Sun 4 Mar

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Warriors International Present

Known for its wild, totally free evenings of challenging and up-lifting improvisations which have consistently united a cross cultural and cross generational posse of players, Freedom will continue to pursue the promise of legendary associations like the AACM, the Black Artist Group and Sam Rivers' legendary NYC loft…

Mon 12 Mar

£6.60 / 020 7254 4097

Zhenya Strigalev "blues For Maggie" - New Album Release Concert

Zhenya Strigalev - alto, soprano saxophones, effects. Boris Netsvetaev - piano, keyboards Ferg Ireland - double bass Jon Scott - drums Zhenya Strigalev has always been known here for intense and memorble playing with a unique sound on his saxophones. He has absorbed the techniques and sounds of both jazz history and also…

Wed 28 Mar

£11 / 020 7254 4097

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