The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London - the week ahead.
Friday, June 29, 2018
See what’s coming up at the Vortex Jazz Club.
The Vortex Jazz Club brings you London’s most exhilarating programme of jazz and improvised music.
29 June - 6 July
Greetings from the Vortex!
Saturday we have Soft Cell guitarist guitarist John Etheridge leading a benefit concert for virtuoso pianist, composer and band leader Keith Tippett who is recovering from a recent stroke: proceeds from the gig will go to support Tippett during this difficult time. Other musicians include Paul Dunmall and Geoff Eales.
Monday and Tuesday we bring a bit of downtown New York to Dalston in the form of Aaron Parks & Little Big. Do not miss this gig - for football lovers we have football from 7pm Downstairs with the gig starting 9pm upstairs so no excuses you can have your cake and it it!
Friday the Grand Union Orchestra take us on a trip to China with gu zheng (Chinese harp) virtuoso Zhu Xiao Meng and Ruijun Hu on dizi and xiao (Chinese flutes). There is also a free workshop to complement this performance Saturday 11am. Bring along an instrument and join Zhu Xiao Meng in a practical workshop exploring folk and classical Chinese music in relation to the Western tradition, jazz and improvisation. See our full programme .
Have a fab weekend,
The Vortex Team
FRI 29 JUNE 2018
DOWNSTAIRS AT THE VORTEX: ROCKERS ON THE SQUARE
Rockers International along with the Vortex brings to you a night called Rockers on the Square. Playing a mix of dub, reggae, dancehall, and Afro beats.
Free before 11pm, £5 afte
SAT 30 JUNE
20:00 / £30
SOFT MACHINE AND MORE – A BENEFIT FOR KEITH TIPPETT
Line up so far…
Soft Machine – John Etheridge
Headlining will be Soft Machine. Acclaimed as one of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time their work continues to be name-checked by today’s hip experimentalists.
MON 2 JULY
20:00 / £18
AARON PARKS & LITTLE BIG (2-NIGHT RESIDENCY)
Little Big, the new band from pianist/composer Aaron Parks, could in some ways be seen as a continuation of the trajectory set on his 2008 record “Invisible Cinema,” with a deeper commitment to melodic songwriting, modern rhythms, and immersive storytelling.
Tom Smith BBC Young Jazz Musician 2016
TUE 3 JULY
20:00 / £10
TOM SMITH’S QUEERTET (DOWNSTAIRS)
Queertet brings together a collection of London’s finest LGBTQI+ musicians to present a unique evening celebrating everything queer about jazz. They will explore the works of LGBTQI+ composers and musicians throughout the year such as Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn and Ma Rainey.
TUE 3 JULY
20:00 / £18
Aaron Parks – piano
Greg Tuohey – Guitar
DJ Ginyard – Bass
Tommy Crane – Drums
WED 4 JULY
20:00 / £10
GILES THORNTON’S DEBUT BIG BAND ALBUM LAUNCH
Giles Thornton’s Big Band will play arrangements and original compositions that are on the album “Be In Today”, which will be released at the gig. The Big Band will comprise of some of the U.K’s finest Jazz Musicians, with some special guests.
THU 5 JULY
20:00 / £12.50
Electric bassist Emmanuel Adeniran and his band The Afrocentrics play the sounds and rhythms of the African diasporas taking in jazz, funk, afrobeat, salsa, reggae with a modern twist thrown in.
FRI 6 JULY
20:00 £12 ADV
GRAND UNION ORCHESTRA – TRADING ROOTS
Featuring gu zheng (Chinese harp) virtuoso Zhu Xiao Meng and Ruijun Hu on dizi and xiao (Chinese flutes), the third in a series of monthly Friday night performances with outstanding improvising musicians from around the world supported by a 5-piece Grand Union ‘house band’.
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50% discount on tickets from Sunday to Thursday (with some exceptions).
£2 off gigs on Friday and Saturday
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Invitations to members events
Monthly programme posted out
Free download of specially selected live recordings at the club (once cleared by the musicians concerned).
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Vortex · 11 Gillett Square · London, N16 8AZ.
020 7254 4097
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