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The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London - livestream events for the week ahead.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Vortex has forwarded details of its livestream schedule for the week commencing 23rd May 2020.

From the ‘Jazz in the time of Corona Virus’ newsletter;

#8 Jazz in the time of the Corona Virus;


This week saw amazing performances from the home of Tom Ollendorff, Tom Riviere, Andre Lisle and Will Barry, plus a #VortexReplay from the incredible Aaron Parks + Q and A, all of which you can still watch for one more day only on our YouTube and Facebook channels.

Coming up, we are very excited to share a replay from JZ Replacement featuring Tim Lefebvre, always a firm favourite at the club, tomorrow evening (23rd May) at 8pm, and then next week we have replays from Tori Freestone (Tuesday 26th May) and John Law (Thursday 28th May) so make sure to tune in. More info below.


If you’re able, please do continue to donate and support the club! For every gig, just donating the price of a beer or drink using the links for each gig will help support us through this time and will mean we can keep bringing you the best in jazz and improvised music. There’s lots more exciting gigs coming up, including live performances from bassist John Pope, replay gigs from Jeff Williams, Jean Toussaint and much much more!




On Tuesday 26th May, we step back in time to 2019 for another VortexReplay, this time it’s Tori Freestone’s album launch back in June 2019, of ‘El Mar de Nubes’ (‘The Sea of Clouds’), which is out on ‘Whirlwind Recordings’. Click here for more information and links to watch live. This will only be available for a limited time, and if you donate, you can get discount codes to buy the album!


“Don’t forget the punter”
In the changing environment, the position of the audience is vital - their changing status and more. How do they feel about how they are beginning to engage with the musicians? Are they looking further afield than before? How do they feel about paying/donating? What will they be looking for when venues reopen?
Join our Zoom Meeting this Wednesday, everyone’s welcome!


On Thursday 28th May, VortexReplay presents British pianist, John Law from back in June 2017. John’s new album Configuration was released on Ubuntu records 1st of May this year. Grab a drink and we will see you at 8.30pm for the return of this Vortex Favourite! More info here.

Don’t miss any of our live streams by subscribing to our Youtube channel and our Facebook page!


This week we say a sad farewell to a towering figure in the UK jazz scene. John Cumming provided the necessary the scaffolding for the careers of many successful UK and international musicians as well as being a good friend to many of them. He was the visionary who founded Serious Production with John Ellson, launched what became the London Jazz Festival in 1996 and was awarded an OBE for Services to Jazz in 2014.
If you’d like to give money to a special ring-fenced funding pot for musicians struggling in light of Covid-19 and in honour of John, you can do so at


Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
N16 8AZ