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25th May 2017

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Sam Rapley’s “Fabled”

Fabled formed in 2014 when saxophonist/clarinetist, Sam Rapley, brought together a select handful of Britain’s most exciting young musicians to play his original music. This close-knit group of friends have since found a unified and unique way of interacting with each other, born through years of collaborative music making. Taking inspiration from Debussy, Tom Jobim, Sarah Vaughan and Bon Iver, the group explores the wealth of textures, harmonies and grooves available in the traditional jazz quintet setting. Heavily influenced by music for film, and the relationship between music and storytelling, Fabled are always searching for their own new ways to tell the classic, age- old stories.
Sam Rapley – saxophone/clarinet Alex Munk – guitar
Matt Robinson – piano
Conor Chaplin – bass
Will Glaser – drums

Barford/Hitchock/Ireland/Maddren

Alex Hitchcock is a London-born saxophonist and composer. As well as leading his own projects at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex, and Cambridge Modern Jazz Club, he plays as a sideman in various other bands including Resolution 88 and the Peter Whittingham Award-winning Patchwork Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with, amongst others, Soweto Kinch, Laurence Cottle, John Hollenbeck, Stan Sulzmann, Dennis Rollins, and Franco-Belgian duo André Charlier/ Benoit Sourisse.
ft. Tom Barford )tenor saxophone) Alex Hitchock )tenor saxophone) ferg Ireland (double bass) James Madrren (drums)

£10 / £6 concs
door tickets subject to availability
Old Paradise Yard · 20 Carlisle Lane · Royal Street corner next to Archbishop’s Park · SE1 7LG

27th April 2017

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Billy Marrows Octet
Formed from some of London’s most exciting young jazz musicians, the Billy Marrows Octet play original contemporary jazz with influences including Django Bates and Steve Reich. Billy won the 2016 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and was commissioned to write and perform a suite for his octet by Lancaster Jazz Festival. Entitled the Gamelancaster suite, it explores concepts from Gamelan to fuel an innovative new approach to composition that is brimming with evocative melodies, harmonies and grooves. Billy’s writing has been described as ‘fresh and unpredictable’ by Jazzwise magazine and is elevated to another level by his band of highly creative improvisers. 

Billy Marrows (guitar/compositions), James Copus (trumpet),Tom Smith (alto sax), Tom Barford (tenor sax), Olli Martin (trombone), Will Barry (piano), Will Harris (bass) & Luke Tomlinson (drums)

Sam Braysher Trio
Sam Braysher (alto), Josh Morrison (drums) & Dario di Lecce (double bass)

Doors at 7:30 / Music from 8.15pm
£10 / £6 concs purchase tickets HERE
door tickets subject to availability
Old Paradise Yard · 20 Carlisle Lane · Royal Street corner next to Archbishop’s Park · SE1 7LG

30th March 2017

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Sam Warner Organ trio 

A modern take on the classic organ trio sound inspired by the likes of Larry Young and Woody Shaw. The band features Sam Warner on Trumpet, Jamie Safiruddin on Organ and Dave Ingamells on Drums fusing elements of the organ tradition with more contemporary grooves, melodic ideas and improvisations. The trio started while studying together at Guildhall and went on to be shortlisted for the Chartered Surveyor Jazz Prize.

ft. Jamie Saffarudin (Organ) and David Ingamells (drums)

Glaser, Rapley, Robinson

This trio, with Matt Robinson on piano and Sam Rapley on tenor and clarinet, aims to explore early songbook and jazz repertoire in an open and honest way. Although an opportunity to work in a slightly unusual line up, the trio’s focus is on how we improvise collectively and is primarily an excuse for us to play tunes we love together and see where we can take them.

Doors at 7:30 / Music from 8.15pm

£10 / £6 concs purchase tickets HERE
door tickets subject to availability
Old Paradise Yard · 20 Carlisle Lane · Royal Street corner next to Archbishop’s Park · SE1 7LG

23rd February 2017

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Helena Kay’s KIM Trio

KIM Trio is led by tenor saxophonist Helena Kay (Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015), and features Misha Mullov-Abbado (Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize 2014, Dankworth Prize 2014) on double bass and David Ingamells (Yamaha Jazz Scholarship 2013) on drums. The trio performed at the Glasgow Jazz Festival in the summer of 2016 and played live on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now for the opening night of the London Jazz Festival, as well as another gig in the Festival on the Barbican Freestage. Inspired by greats such as Sonny Rollins and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and by contemporary names like Melissa Aldana and Larry Goldings, the trio enjoy performing a varied mixture of Helena’s originals and tunes from the jazz canon.

ft. Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass), David Ingamells (drums)

Big Bad Wolf

Big Bad Wolf is a London based band featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves. This distinctive sound arises largely from the band’s consistently egalitarian process of group composition, where all 4 members are present from conception to completion of each song. Starting each writing session by recording an open-ended group improvisation, they then listen back, pick out the best ideas and then develop them into intricate and concise pieces of music.

“I really like the kind of combination of lazy trombone and darting guitar riffs” – Jez Nelson, BBC radio 3 (Jazz on 3)

ft. Owen Dawson (trombone), Rob Luft (guitar), Michael De Souza (guitar) and Jay Davis (drums)

Doors at 7:30 / Music from 8.15pm

£10 / £6 concs purchase tickets HERE
door tickets subject to availability
Old Paradise Yard · 20 Carlisle Lane · Royal Street corner next to Archbishop’s Park · SE1 7LG

26th January 2017

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We open this years programming strong with the following:

George Crowley’s Can of Worms
Featuring members of bands such as Brass Mask, Julian Arguelles, Vula Viel and Squarepusher’s
Shobaleader One, Can of Worms explore the collective anarchy of group improvisations stemming
from Crowley’s characterful originals, ranging from taut, tense grooves to wailing sax-confessionals
and all-out glorious free-jazz.
Tom Challenger (tenor sax), Dan Nicholls (keyboards), Sam Lasserson (double bass) & Jon Scott
(drums)

Jeff Williams Quartet ft. John O’Gallagher (USA) & special guest Gonçalo Marques (Portugal)
Across a career spanning four decades, it would seem easiest to consider the musicians with
whom Jeff Williams hasn’t worked. A respected stalwart of the international jazz circuit, the
American drummer has notably rubbed shoulders with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz,
Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie and Joe Lovano.
In his latest solo project, the accomplished band leader and composer collaborates with both
seasoned and up-and-coming colleagues from the UK and US: Josh Arcoleo (tenor saxophone),
John O’Gallagher (Alto Saxophone) and Sam Lasserson (basses). This engaging album of
originals prompts a dynamic quintet response to a variety of energised compositions.

Doors at 7:30 / Music from 8.15pm

£10 / £6 concs purchase tickets HERE
door tickets subject to availability
Old Paradise Yard · 20 Carlisle Lane · Royal Street corner next to Archbishop’s Park · SE1 7LG

late 2016 gigs

Saturday 12th November 2016
London Jazz Festival (special Saturday afternoon performance)
Nicholas Costley-White Trio
Mark Lewandowski Quartet
Doors at 2pm / Music from 2.30pm

Thursday 22nd December
Will Arnold Forster / Colin Oxley Quartet
Barry Green Trio (feat. Jeff Wiliams)
Doors at 7:30 / Music from 8.15pm

£10 / £6 concs purchase tickets HERE
door tickets subject to availability
Old Paradise Yard · 20 Carlisle Lane · Royal Street corner next to Archbishop’s Park · SE1 7LG

Monday 24th October – SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

JOHN WARREN NONET – PRESENTED BY JAZZ NURSERY @ VORTEX

Acclaimed composer John Warren, known for his collaborations with the likes of Kenny Wheeler and John Surman, brings a nine piece to the Vortex comprised of some of the finest young jazz musicians in the U.K.

The group will play “AwhereAbout”, a suite composed by John for the Jazz Nursery that is being played live for only the second time. It was inspired by First Nation legends from John’s native Canada. The Nonet will also play arrangements of John’s work drawn from his wider repertoire as documented on CDs such as ‘Finally Beginning’ and ‘Following On’.

This is the Vortex’s first event with the Jazz Nursery, an exciting new voice in jazz programming who have been creating a stage for the best up and coming players of jazz and improvised music in London.

The line-up is: John Warren (Musical Director), Steve Fishwick (Trumpet), Sam Braysher (Sax), James Allsopp (Sax), Owen Dawson (Trombone), Sam Rapley (Clarinet) Nick Costley-White (Guitar), Alcyona Mick (Piano), Oli Hayhurst (Bass), Dave Hamblett (Drums).

TICKETS HERE

29th September 2016

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Brandon Allen plays the music of Sonny Rollins
&
Thelonious feat. Hans Koller, Martin Speake, Calum Gorley & Phelan Burgoyne

Doors at 7:30 / Music from 8pm
£10 / £6 concs purchase tickets HERE
door tickets subject to availability
Old Paradise Yard · 20 Carlisle Lane · Royal Street corner next to Archbishop’s Park · SE1 7LG

(happy birthday to Kenny)

25th August 2016

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Tom Barford’s Asterope
&
Amy Gamlen Quartet

Doors at 7:30 / Music from 8pm
£10 / £6 concs purchase tickets HERE
door tickets subject to availability
Old Paradise Yard · 20 Carlisle Lane · Royal Street corner next to Archbishop’s Park · SE1 7LG

(happy birthday to Wayne)