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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Adrian Reid Quartet

The musician performs jazz with Tony Kofi, Larry Bartley and Rod Youngs.

Tue 28 Nov

£10 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00 – 23:00

Adrian Reid With Tony Kofi, Larry Bartley And Rod Youngs

Adrian Reid plays music from his new quartet album Nyanza Street, with TONY KOFI (sax), LARRY BARTLEY (bass), ROD YOUNGS (drums)

Tue 28 Nov

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Alexander Dubovoy, Huw V Williams, Jay Davies

The American pianist, originally from San Francisco, performs with some of the London jazz scene's most sensitive improvisers.

Sun 17 Dec

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Annie Whitehead And World Music Workshop Band

The trombonist and her accompanying musicians perform a melange of mainstream jazz, Latin and world music.

Tue 5 Dec

£10; £8 adv / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00 – 23:00

Annie Whitehead's World Music Workshop Band

A blend of jazz, African and Latin grooves from the trombonist and band.

Tue 5 Dec

£8.80 / 020 7254 4097

Barry Green Sextet

The pianist and Guildhall School of Music and Drama alumni performs contemporary originals with his accompanying musicians.

Tue 19 Dec

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Blow The Fuse Presents Annie Whitehead + Rosie Turton Quintet

Blow the Fuse presents Tomorrow the Moon V Annie Whitehead with the BTF all stars plus the Rosie Turton Quintet An evening of Double Trouble, with two Trombone led groups promising inventive blend of jazz with influences from Africa and India. Annie Whitehead trombone Deirdre Cartwright guitar Alison Rayner…

Thu 25 Jan 2018

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Blow The Fuse Presents Emily Remembered + Jfrisco

Blow the Fuse presents Emily Remembered + JFrisco

Thu 14 Dec

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Blow The Fuse Presents J Frisco + Free Spirit

Tomorrow the Moon V J Frisco + Deirdre Cartwright & Kathy Dyson's Free Spirit An evening in which both groups feature women exploring exciting live interplay, melody, fragments oh and several guitars! J Frisco are 2017 winners of 'Jazz North Introduces' an award that gives assistance and festival exposure to…

Thu 14 Dec

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Calum Gourlay's Big Band

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

Mon 18 Dec

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Double Spiral Infinity Quartet (late Night)

Delighted to welcome back Marshall Allen, the 93 year old leader of the Arkestra, in a 3 night residency. For the third night there will be just a single set, with special guest Orphy Robinson. The Double Spiral Infinity Quartet: Marshall Allen - alto saxophone, casio vl-tone, electronic valve instrument (EVI…

Sat 2 Dec

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Ed Jones Quartet

The jazz saxophonist is joined by pianist Ross Stanley, bassist Riaan Vosloo and drummer Tim Giles.

Sat 2 Dec

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Elliott Sharp, John Edwards & Mark Sanders

The guitarist and central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, is accompanied by the solid rhythmic weight of Edwards and Sanders.

Sun 26 Nov

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Equal Spirits

Trombonist and composer Raph Clarkson is the force behind a project uniting British and South African post-war jazz traditions. Featuring spoken word artist Leeto Thali, Chris Batchelor on trumpet, Adam Glasser on piano and harmonica, Steve Watts on bass and Mike Pickering on drums

Tue 16 Jan 2018

£10 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

Estelle Kokot Presents From The Fado Near Faro To Kublai Khan

Join London born South African singer, songwriter, pianist, Estelle Kokot with Mick Hutton on bass and Gene Calderazzo on drums at her annual pre new year Vortex performance. Estelle, Gene and Mick last performed at The Vortex in December 2011, so this is a reunion of sorts. Expect new material about the Fado near…

Sat 30 Dec

£13.20 / 020 7254 4097

Evan Parker And Friends

The British saxophonist plays free jazz.

Thu 21 Dec

£12 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

Freedom: The Art Of Improvisation

The monthly event, voted one of the UK's top jam sessions, features an opening short set from an adhoc ensemble followed by an open session. Presented by Warriors International.

Mon 11 Dec

£6 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

Gill Manly & Simon Wallace New Year's Eve

The veteran jazz singer reinterprets standards accompanied by the highly respected pianist.

Sun 31 Dec

£79.50 some concessions / 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.

Fri 8 Dec

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Jazz2RockSteady

A late night of jazz led by pianist Bruno Heinen.

Sat 25 Nov

Free / 020 7254 4097

A new late night of jazz, reggae and rocksteady led by pianist Bruno Heinen with special guests.

  • 23:30

Fri 24 Nov

£20 / 020 7254 4097

The first session of the two-day festival celebrating the Berlin label, with performances by Julie Sassoon, Uwe Kropinski and Stefan Schultze.

  • 20:00 – 23:00

Sat 25 Nov

£20 / 020 7254 4097

The second session of the two-day festival celebrating the Berlin label with performances from Vesna Pisarovic, Rudiger Krause and Alan Skidmore.

  • 20:00 – 23:00

Jazzwerkstatt Special - Alan Skidmore And More

Second night - mVesna Pisarovic plays music of Elvis; Alan Skidmore plays music of Coltrane

Sat 25 Nov

£22 / 020 7254 4097

Jazzwerkstatt Special Both Nights 24 - 25 November

First night Julie Sassoon, Uwe Kropinski, Stefan Schultze. Second night - Vesna Pisarovic plays music of Elvis; Alan Skidmore plays music of Coltrane.

Fri 24 Nov

£32.70 / 020 7254 4097

Jazzwerkstatt Special- Julie Sassoon And More

Two day festival of Berlin label jazzwerkstatt: Julie Sassoon, Uwe Kropinski, Stefan Schultze. See flyer for line up.

Fri 24 Nov

£22 / 020 7254 4097

Jim Mullen And The Rob Luft Organ Quartet

A pairing of two guitarists of different generations.

Sat 16 Dec

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

John Bennett Band

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

Sat 23 Dec

£11 / 020 7254 4097

John Etheridge

London-born jazz guitarist and composer,

Fri 8 Dec

£18; £15 adv / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

John Etheridge And Vimala Rowe

The English guitarist plays some of his solo set then is joined by the rising vocal star who incorporates jazz, soul and world music influences into her sound.

Fri 29 Dec

£14 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe 'Out Of The Sky'

The legendary guitarist joins the formidable vocalist to perform a blend of soul, jazz and funk.

Thu 28 Dec

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

London Jazz Orchestra

Scott Stroman directs the outfit. Featuring a range of experienced musicians.

Sun 10 Dec

£10 / 020 7254 4097

London's longest running jazz residency continues as the LJO opens its new season.

  • 15:00 – 17:30

£11 / 020 7254 4097

London's longest running jazz residency continues as the LJO opens its new season.

Marshall Allen, Kash Killion, Avreeayl Ra, Ka The Double Spiral Infinity Quartet Fri 01 December 2

The Double Spiral Infinity Quartet: Marshall Allen alto saxophone, casio vl-tone, electronic valve instrument (EVI) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkRJpB0Mhyc Kash Killion cello, double bass, sarangi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZe9VkfTabs Avreeayl Ra drums, bamboo flute, kalimba…

Fri 1 Dec

£22 / 020 7254 4097

Marshall Allen Quartet

The leader of Sun Ra performs jazz with accompanying musicians.

Thu 30 Nov

£22 / 020 7254 4097

MOJO - Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra

'The 17-piece Moderately Optimistic Jazz Orchestra returns to the Vortex to join the jazz dots, delivering classic hip to your urban hop

Sun 26 Nov

£8.80 / 020 7254 4097

No Boundaries: Peter Evans, John O'Gallagher, Alex Bonney, Andrew Bain

A concert which brings together two musicians from the New York Downtown scene, with two musicians from the UK.

Fri 15 Dec

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Penny Rimbaud + Friends

The musician, artist, writer and co-founder of seminal anarchist punk band, Crass, is joined by special guests.

Wed 6 Dec

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Samuel Eagles

Samuel Eagles brings together some of the most in demand musicians in the UK creating a cohesive and refreshing sound formed through long lasting friendships. The band was a major prizewinner at this year's Bucharest Jazz Festival. Samuel Eagles Alto Saxophone Duncan Eagles Tenor Saxophone Ralph Wyld Vibraphone Sam…

Wed 29 Nov

£11 / 020 7254 4097

Samuel Eagles's Spirit

The saxophonist and Londoner performs contemporary jazz originals with his accompanying band.

Wed 29 Nov

£10 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe

The innovative trio from Brooklyn, New York perform jazz improvisations on bass, saxophone and piano.

Sun 3 Dec

£16.50 / 020 7254 4097

Talinka

A collaboration between singer and actress Tali Atzmon, baroque instrumentalist Jenny Bliss Bennett, the virtuoso bass player Yaron Stavi and the international jazz artist Gilad Atzmon performing a collision of jazz, baroque and world music.

Wed 24 Jan 2018

£12 / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

Tomorrow The Moon

Blow The Fuse presents a double bill of contemporary jazz led by women.

Thu 14 Dec

£12; £10 adv / 020 7254 4097

  • 20:00

Vitor Pereira Quintet

The guitarist from Portugal leads an innovative jazz outfit informed by rock and world music.

Mon 4 Dec

£11 / 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 11 Dec

£6.60 / 020 7254 4097

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