Big Cat coalesce heavy riffs with melodic soundscapes – with anything being possible from members Ruth Goller (bass), Chris Montague (guitar), James Allsopp (saxophone) and Tim Giles (drums).
Bizarre blues run into dripping laments, the composed runs into the improvised. With influences ranging from Captain Beefheart to Bill Frisell to William Parker, Big Cat are constantly surprising and entertaining.
Bug Prentice is an avant-punk trio featuring Ally Craig (voice and guitar), Ruth Goller (bass and voice) and tonight James Maddren (drums).
Ally's songwriting takes inspiration from such varied sources as classic Hollywood films, Deerhoof, amusing youtube videos, Kurt Vonnegut and honorary titles awarded by landlocked American states.
Thanks to a computer error, they are one of the few bands to have been played backwards on the radio.
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