Martin Davidson
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
5d ago
Oliver Weindling writes: Martin Davidson, who died just before Christmas aged 81, was a hero for this music. Perhaps not so famous as a name, but many who love improvised music will have a release that he was associated with, because he founded the Emanem label. Over 200 releases plus another 80 from Evan Parker’s Psi label which he helped run. We celebrated his departure from the UK to Spain a few years back with a party. Now we had to celebrate his own departure from this world. The list of releases is mouthwatering. And he resurrected some important albums, such as Karyobin from 1968, as we ..read more
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Jon RB
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
5d ago
Oliver Weindling writes: Jon RB was a very special person for our jazz community. Jazz seemed to keep him going (as well as good beer). I first met him in the early 90s, when, as a motor bike messenger, he regularly turned up to gigs by Billy Jenkins. I then lost track of him until, after the Vortex moved to Dalston, he signed up as a volunteer.  For many years he would be found at the club almost every other day. Behind the bar, nurturing our collection. “Cold beers to the left” is a motto that we continue to follow today. He grumbled when we ordered beers from Inbev or other majors but ..read more
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Vortex Recommends Playlist / November 2023
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Admin
3M ago
  Each month, we offer the artists programmed at the club to share what they’ve been listening to/music they really love. This playlist is available on Spotify and played at the club every night before the gig and between sets.     Jean de Talhouët’s (ONMO) picks Daniel Santiago and Pedro Martins – Distância David Preston – Cassino Dream Madison Cunningham – Pin it Down Keith Jarret – Spirits 15   Bruno Heinen’s picks ESKA – Shades of Blue Dorothy Ashby – Myself When Young Maria Chiara Argirò – Clouds Ernest Ranglin – Minuit Yusef Lateef – Prayer   Sultan St ..read more
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Gboyega Odubanjo and Katya Kan
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
5M ago
Gboyega Odubanjo (1997-2023) and Katya Kan (1988-2023)   Poet Gboyega Odubanjo tragically died in early September 2023. He was known to us at the Vortex, through his performances downstairs and working with Raph Clarkson’s group Resolute (which also included Phil Merriman and Simon Roth) and artist Aurelie Freoua. He was a force of nature – astute and perceptive, way beyond his years!    Raph Clarkson writes:   “I first met Gboyega, known to me/us as Bo, at the Vortex Downstairs space- he was participating in a workshop around spoken word connecting with improvised music ..read more
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Gboyega Obusanjo
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
6M ago
Gboyega Odubanjo (1997-2023) and Katya Kan (1988-2023)   Poet Gboyega Odubanjo tragically died in early September 2023. He was known to us at the Vortex, through his performances downstairs and working with Raph Clarkson’s group Resolute (which also included Phil Merriman and Simon Roth) and artist Aurelie Freoua. He was a force of nature – astute and perceptive, way beyond his years!    Raph Clarkson writes:   “I first met Gboyega, known to me/us as Bo, at the Vortex Downstairs space- he was participating in a workshop around spoken word connecting with improvised music ..read more
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Vortex Recommends Playlist / Summer 2023
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Admin
7M ago
  Each month, we offer the artists programmed at the club to share what they’ve been listening to/music they really love. This playlist is available on Spotify and played at the club every night before the gig and between sets. This summer playlist also includes a few new tracks from artists performing at the club in July and August.      Alex Webb’s picks Jazzmeia Horn – The Peacocks Sara Dowling – Passed Me By Cecile McLorin Salvant – Until Joel Ross – The Parable of the Poet   Phil Robson’s picks Benoît Delbecq – The Loop of Chicago Laura Schuler – When Everyt ..read more
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News and Grooves, 21 April
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
11M ago
COMING UP AT THE VORTEX!  FRIDAY 21 APRIL – THURSDAY 27 APRIL To enjoy jazz in general, and at the Vortex in particular, is an adventure. The musicians are like mountain guides. They’re leading us up what would be impossible journeys to undertake on our own – in new directions and giving us new experiences. And always safely and memorably! The coming week is exactly like that in so many ways… For example, we have the chance to discover old friends in new collaborations, such as Martin Speake with Alcyona Mick on ..read more
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Brian Blain (1929-2022)
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
1y ago
Oliver Weindling writes: It’s very sad for all in the jazz world to hear about the death of Brian Blain. In reaching the venerable age of 92, he had been instrumental in supporting the scene here for too many years to remember. From being a journalist on the Morning Star, through to all the sterling work he did for jazz at the Musicians’ Union, and then the work at Jazz Services. I loved how Debbie Dickinson, erstwhile manager of the Guest Stars, got Brian to ‘put his money where his mouth is’ and start promoting gigs at  Lauderdale House in Highgate when around 80 years old! And what a l ..read more
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FEED THE SOUL – VORTEX JAZZ CLUB FESTIVAL 24 SEPTEMBER 2022
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Admin
1y ago
LINE UP Set times: TBC DAVID IJADUOLA’S LUCUMI SUITE fT. EBONY STEEL BAND PLUS GUESTS Supported by the PRS Foundation for Music Out of ordinary improvised metal objects such as biscuit and pitch oil tins, dustbins and their lids, and later on oil drums – the preferred object because they could be tuned through series of dents, where each one made a different note according to its position and size – the steelband was born in Trinidad. Steelbands captured the imagination of young impoverished working-class males, often with little formal education or musical training. Their bands were built on ..read more
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Ray Carless RIP
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
1y ago
Ray was a true genius and one of those performers whom we were so delighted to welcome to the Vortex. As a genius on the saxophone is indisputable. But also his father figure status to so many and the reverence with which he was held. And without him, we would possibly not have had MPress as one of our stalwart volunteers. He was most passionate that we recall and respect the generation that arrived on the Windrush, of which his father was one. He taught us all to be proud of the musical heritage which they brought to this country. Most memorable were the gigs he organised at the Vortex to cel ..read more
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