LJO Vortex Sessions--Sunday 10 June, 3.30PM

The LJO Vortex Sessions, 28 years old, is London’s longest jazz residency.  The band seems to go from strength to strength, attracting London’s top players and writers, from Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor in the early days to the exciting current lineup. They finish their 2017-18 season at the Vortex featuring a host of great soloists including Henry Lowther, Martin Speake, Pete Hurt and Tori Freestone, playing music written for the band by John Warren, Robbie Robson, Lowther, Hurt and director Scott Stroman. 

The LJO continues to set the standard in modern jazz, with great ensemble playing, cutting edge writing, and exciting soloing from the finest players on the scene. Check out the band at these informal, up-close-and-personal monthly gigs!

Reviews of the LJO...

...on the Saberton Album, the band's new CD release on Babel Label:

"This album is at its best when the London Jazz Orchestra unpick the majesty of Saberton’s written music. It was written for these players, and theirs is the sound which Saberton held in his mind."....

...in Kenny Wheeler's Windmill Tilter at Wavendon:

"probably British jazz gig of the year"....

"From the first notes, the band presented a spine-tingling version of Windmill Tilter which even to those very familiar with this suite was hugely gratifying..."   

...on the LJO's Gil Evans centenary performance of Miles Ahead:   "...This concert will affect how I listen to orchestral music for the rest of my life."


The London Jazz Orchestra

Director            Scott Stroman     Manager   Noel Langley

Saxes/Winds        Martin Speake    Martin Hathaway    Pete Hurt  

                       Josephine Davies    Mick Foster 

Trumpets        Noel Langley    Henry Lowther    Robbie Robson    Jim Davidson

Trombones       Martin Gladdish    Patrick Hayes   Tom Dunnett   

Bass Trombone  Richard Henry

Piano               Alcyona Mick         Guitar   Stuart Hall  

Bass                Alec Dankworth     Drums   Paul Clarvis