The Vortex gets all silver on us tomorrow

Tomorrow is a cause for celebration. The Vortex Jazz Club in London is celebrating its 25th birthday and it has a day of free outdoor entertainment planned.

As Oliver Weindling, for it is he, writes:

“Held in Gillett Square, Dalston, Vortex Outdoors will see eight different performances on a specifically built stage in the square during the day and as the night draws in – the public are invited to The Vortex Jazz Club for a more intimate live performance which will run late into the evening.

“Along with the live music, visitors can experience the purposefully curated Vortex Museum which will display previously unseen archive material from the historically important Vortex Archive. Visitors will also be able to learn about all the current aspects of this unique musical community which still nurtures and develops cutting edge music, offering the community an opportunity to learn about East London’s play in the British (and world) Jazz scene.

“There will also be food/drink stalls, a Real Ale bar, BBQ and a 2nd hand record stall from Bradbury Street’s Eldica Records.”

Here is the line-up:

Nostalgia 77: Influenced by free and spiritual jazz, 60’s funk and soul and afro sounds, Nostalgia 77 is Ben Lamdin who produces, composes and collaborates. His live performance for Vortex Outdoors will involve a full live band including: Riaan Vosloo – bass. Long time collaborator and original nostalgia 77 member. James Allsopp – reeds. Tim Giles – drums. Fulvio Sigurta – trumpet. Dan Nichols – joins the band on Fender Rhodes.

Afrikan Boy: Grime MC Olushola Ajose aka Afrikan Boy has worked extensively with M.I.A and in June last year, released a mixtape ‘What Took You So Long’.

Annie Whitehead World Music Workshop: Large jazz band under the direction of trombone virtuoso and composer Annie Whitehead. The group will perform works from Africa, Cuba and the Caribbean, America and the UK.

People Band: A legendary name in British improvised music since the 1960’s, People Band continues to inspire and influence generations.

Township Comets: The Comets play the searing, joyous music of saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, a towering figure in South African jazz and the European free improv scene.

Electric Jalaba: Psychedelic space age gnawa from Soundspecies (electronics) and Simo Lagnawi (Morrocan Gnawa master).

Seeds of Creation: Legendary Seddik Zebiri, from Algeria and his multicultural band, Seeds of Creation, play an intriguing blend of traditional Berber music with reggae, Jazz and raw Psychedelic sounds.

DJ Koichi Sakai: Koichi Sakai is a Tokyo born, London based DJ, producer and musician who plays jazzy percussive selections.

Vortex Outdoors is 2pm – late, Saturday 22 September 2012, Gillett Square, Dalston N16 8AZ. Free. More at

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