The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London - online programme for the week commencing 30/05/2020.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
The Vortex has forwarded details of its schedule of on-line performances for the week commencing 30th May 2020.
From The Vortex ‘Jazz in the time of the Corona-Virus’ newsletter;
#9 Jazz in the time of the Corona-Virus
Today going live in 10 hours VortexReplay presents Jeff Williams’s Lifelike album launch from 2018. The band features a top line-up of musicians that includes Kit Downes, John O’Gallagher, Gonçalo Marquez, Josh Arcoleo and Sam Lasserson. More VortexReplay coming up with Jean Toussaint’s Sextet on Tuesday 2 June 8PM, and Thursday 4 June a solo set with John Pope. While these gigs are free we do ask viewers to make a donation if they can. Donations for these gigs not only support the musicians, but also help to keep the club going so we can bring you more fantastic music.
Saxophonist and composer Mike Chillingworth is donating the proceeds of his track Coach Trip Special with Ivo Neame, Tom Farmer and Jon Scott, to the club. What a nice chap!
This is an essential, iconic British and European jazz venue and I can’t even contemplate the jazz scene without them, please buy the track (for as much as you can afford) and let’s make sure that the Vortex is around for many years to come… - Mike Chillingworth
TUESDAY 2 JUNE, 8PM BST
JEAN TOUSSAINT SEXTET
Toussaint has been a leading figure in UK jazz since leaving Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1987.
See website for details.
THURSDAY 04 JUNE, 8.30PM BST
JOHN POPE SOLO SET
Pope is a composer and improvisor who plays double bass and guitar, but he also improves with some very unusual ‘instruments’.
See website for details
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Random notes… and farewells
We say a sad farewell to the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue sextet - drummer Jimmy Cobb (20/1/1929 - 24/5/2020). He played on other Davis albums of note that included John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley such as Sketches of Spain and Porgy and Bess.
Largely self-taught Cobb delivered his swinging style with grace and sensitivity. As a young drummer he modelled himself on Max Roach and Kenny Clarke. Always modest Cobb shunned bandleadership famously saying,‘I’m just the guy that plays the drums with the name out front’. In 2002, the New York Times singled out Cobb as one of the “the gold standard for straight ahead, post-war jazz rhythm”. He was made an NEA Jazz Master in 2009.
From Gina Southgate;
I’ve progressed from painting from the desktop in my bedroom, to lap top with remote speaker in the lounge, lastly to wearing cans plugged into my lap top, outdoors, under the window of my bedroom working at last back on an easel. The last set up was for the Vortex replay of the Tori Freestone Album launch. The earphones, the visual, the audience and the applause, the chat and chink of glasses made me feel present. I had palpable feelings of excitement and optimism as I painted. Though it was a trio gig Tori was the closest to camera so I chose to paint her solo. The camera showed me all angles and close ups of her and her tenor, unlike in live streams where you get one angle usually of a brightly lit room and usually with parts of instruments obscured. It sent me off on an almost cubist approach as It enabled me access to angles I can rarely see from one spot in a room. This was a film of a whole gig and the tangible warmth of it travelled to my communal garden.
When I paint at a gig I see and hear what’s going on but I don’t perceive it in a way that I would if I were audient, painting from live stream compounds this. In this set Tori played Shenandoah twice once on sax and in the 2nd set with violin and vocals. This is a song my dad sang me to sleep with as a child. Hearing it played and sung so beautifully by Tori it came through to me as a message ‘Away you rolling river’. In these fluid times I am grateful for my relationship with the Vortex and the music community for tethering me. Ollie Weindling said to me just before lockdown ‘we’re not a brand we’re a community.
- Gina Southgate (Artist/Vortex Supporter)
...that was totally magical, I felt I was there, what a beautiful gig and it was such a happy evening. Thank you Vortex, Oliver, Ali, Tori, Dave and Tim for great times in the past and those to come…
Mary Jane (Audience Member)
Stay safe and be careful out there…
The Vortex Team
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