Vortex recommends: November 2022
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Admin
2M ago
Introducing “Vortex recommends…” Each month, we ask the artists programmed at the club to share what they’ve been listening to/music they really love.    Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra’s picks: “I’ll See You Again” – Frank Sinatra, “Rain Check” – Art Farmer, “Choro Dancado” – Maria Schneider Michelangelo Scandroglio’ picks: “Oriente” – David Virelles, “Are We Still Friends” – Tyler The Creator, “LORIMER” ft. Savannah Harris – Petter Eldh Seafarers / Matthew Herd’s picks: “Help A Man” – Robin Holcomb, “Wedding Party” – Paul Buchanan, Hannah Sun – “Beauty Queen, Horses” – Tori Amos ..read more
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Brian Blain (1929-2022)
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
3M 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
5M 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
6M 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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LUCUMI: A Suite for Steelpan by Juno Jaxxon (David Ijaduola)
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Admin
8M ago
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 the strong community bonds in their neighbourhoods and this hasn’t changed much today. Multi-instrumentalist Juno Jaxxon (David ..read more
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Art fair with music, 12 June 2022
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
8M ago
This is an art exhibition with music taking place down the road from the Vortex, with a lot of our spirit of energy and spontaneity. It takes place on the 12th June Upstairs at Lalaland 17 — 19 Great Eastern Street Shoreditch EC2A 3EJ – it is a free event currated by Jade from Azalea-Arts. The exhibition features both internationally acclaimed artists as well as some new exciting up and coming painters. You will have the opportunity to interact directly with the artists.  To build relationship and learn their practices. You will also be able to buy any of their work in the Exhibit. To ..read more
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Vortex Refurb Work – April 2022
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Admin
11M ago
  We have some exciting news to share with you! Our main upstairs space is about to embark on a refurbishment journey for the whole month of April in order to get some long-awaited and much-deserved tender loving care. Thanks to DCMS & Arts Council CRF funds, we’ll soon be able to welcome you in a more comfortable and accessible space.   As a result, we’ll be moving all our activities (gigs, rehearsals, etc.) in April to our downstairs bar area and we have some fantastic gigs coming your way including: Ben Somers Quartet, James Kitchman Quartet, David Austin Grey “Holog ..read more
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by Vortex Admin
11M ago
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Sound Engineer Training, February 2022
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
11M ago
The Vortex Jazz Club is arranging an introductory course for six would-be sound engineers, starting in February. It would  involve 4 days of instruction by our lead sound engineer Louis Huddle, as well as assisting in gigs, up to and including outdoor events in Gillett Square. We are particularly keen on local people, and to help move this part of the live music sector which seems very male and white dominated! It would be appropriate, for example, for anyone who is thinking of starting in this area, or someone who is involved in a venue and wishes to expand their experience. Pl ..read more
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Jazz for the planet
Vortex Jazz Club
by Vortex Jazz Club
11M ago
We are happy to show a concert recorded by Tällberg Foundation with a stellar line-up including Joe Lovano. Watch and enjoy. Jazz defies convention through adaptability and improvisation, generating that special sense of surprise and melodic invention that is similar to what we urgently need to bend the dramatic arc of climate change. These amazing, world class artists are dedicating their talents to help shape a message of hope towards a sustainable future for humanity and our planet through their music,” said Fiorenzo Omenetto, who conceived and is leading the initiative for the Tällberg Fo ..read more
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