Rude was originally formed in 1992 by Annie Whitehead (trombone & fx), Jennifer Maidman (bass & guitar) and Liam Genockey (drums), with the late Harry Beckett on trumpet and flugel.
The band only released one album ‘This is Rude’ on the Voiceprint label, but in live performance their music developed over the years into an eclectic fusion of melody, free improvisation and driving funk, jazz and reggae rhythms.
Now Annie, Jennifer and Liam are back with Rude 2.0, built on the same musical ethos and joined this time by Chris Dowding, a trumpet and flugel horn player based in East London. Chris first played with Annie, Jennifer and Liam at Harry Beckett’s memorial concert and also works with the band ‘Natural Causes’.
Established In North London for over 20 years, the club is a beacon for contemporary jazz in the capital.
With seven evening performances a week the Vortex programmes cutting-edge jazz alongside contemporary folk and world music.
While it places a strong emphasis on, and provides support for, young local talent, it also regularly features leading world-class artists, both from the UK and overseas – for example – from the UK, Stan Tracey, Tony Kofi, Evan Parker, Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Mercury Music Prize Nominated Polar Bear and Zoe Rahmann, John Taylor and Gwilym Simcock and award-winning saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock.
From abroad, the club has connections with New York downtown scene musicians such as Tim Berne and Claudia Quintet, as well as European groups such as [em], radio.string.quartet, Lotte Anker and Wolfgang Muthspiel.
There is something to appeal to all musical tastes: straightahead, big-band, contemporary, piano trio, vocal, free-improv, world-music, Gypsy/East European and folk-orientated...
The Vortex Jazz Club is housed in the Dalston Culture House, a striking new landmark building designed by Hackney architects Hawkins Brown. Full programme details can be found on our website - see below.
Private hire for 10 to 100 people is available for parties, corporate functions, meetings, rehearsals and concerts during the daytime, evening or both by arrangement. Hire includes use of the PA system and fully licensed bar.
For a quote please 020 7254 4097, or email the address below.
Unit B9 - Bradbury Street - N16 Tel: 020 7254 4097