Vortex Jazz Club
The Vortex Jazz Club is a music venue in London, England, started by David Mossman in the 1980s.
The Vortex started as a jazz club in 1987 and was located in Stoke Newington Church Street, north London. But after the acquisition of that building by property developers, the club was moved in 2005 to the Dalston Culture House in Gillett Street, N16, in Gilett Square. The Square opened on 10 November 2006 with a performance by Andy Sheppard's Saxophone Massive, a band of 200 saxophonists. The street in front of the club was renamed "Aim Bailey Place" in December 2007 in honor of guitarist Derek Bailey.
Musicians who have played at the Vortex include Bailey, Django Bates, Tim Berne, Lianne Carroll, John Etheridge, F-IRE Collective, Last Amendment, Evan Parker, Ian Shaw, and Kenny Wheeler. The first album on the club's record label was by the Portico Quartet. The club also hosts a Vocals@Vortex Open Mic Session run by Romy Summers and the house band, The Bob Stuckey Trio. It also has a monthly Gypsy/Eastern European night hosted by Gina Boreham which began in 2006 with Dunajska Kapelye's debut concert. The Vortex Club was started by ex-taxi driver David Mossman in the late 1980s
In 2007, the club set up a record label, Vortex Records, to release the debut album by London buskers Portico Quartet. Their album Knee-Deep in the North Sea was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.
Awards and honorsEdit
The club was nominated for venue of the year by the Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group in 2006 and 2007 and was winner of the Live Jazz Award in 2013.
Since 26 March 2012, the club has been listed in Time Out magazine's readers' poll as one of London's best music venues and received a nomination for Live Promotion Team of the Year in Music Week's awards in 2011.