London Jazz Festival, not arf, YES it’s the Guest St*rs – Saturday 16th November

We said never again but after last years gig we realised we still loved each other….


The Guest Stars at the London Jazz Festival 2013
Saturday 16th November 2013

Globe trotting womens jazz /afro/latin group of the 1980′s were reunited after 25 years for a sold out performance in last years London Jazz festival. Don’t miss a rare chance to see them perform live again with small screen film exhibition showing live footage, and filmed interviews from the 1980s.

Deirdre Cartwright guitar, Josefina Cupido drums/vocals, Laka Daisical piano/vocals, Linda daMango congas/vocals, Alison Rayner bass/vocals, Ruthie Smith sax/vocals, Debbie Dickinson sound.

Book tickets online now..

Chats Palace 42-44 Brooksbys Walk Hackney London E9 6DF
Doors 8.00 – 11.00 First set 8.45pm
Tickets £12.00 advance £15.00 on the door


ARQ Live album recording at the Vortex – Tuesday 13 August

Bass player and composer Alison Rayner leads this contemporary jazz quintet. Original compositions draw on a love for lyrical melodies, deep grooves and influences from folk, funk and Latin. The gig is being recorded by Blow the Fuse Records for release later this year so come along and be a part of a historic recording!

With her big warm acoustic sound, faultless time, tuning and taste and creative solo ability, she clearly belongs in the front rank of contemporary bassists.” Digby Fairweather

 “Alison Rayner plays imaginatively in a very exposed role, crucially contributing to group cohesion and swing. Her solos are inventive and integral.” Jazz Journal

 “My favourite performer was Alison Rayner who has grown into a bass player of real distinction. She plays on many of the tracks with a versatility, precision and sensitivity that is quite awesome.” Adeola Agbebiyi

Alison Rayner bass
Diane McLoughlin saxophone
Deirdre Cartwright guitar
Steve Lodder piano
Buster Birch drums

The Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Street
London N16 8JH

Doors 8pm
First set 8.45 pm
£10 concessions available
Bookings: 020 7254 4097

JAN’S BAR SPECIAL – Thursday April 18

Zoe Lewis will be playing with us in her ONLY London appearance.
Resident in Provincetown, Zoe is a wonderful performer who writes and sings great songs about life, freckled with fun and laughter, sometimes poignant but always warm. She describes her style as “worldbeat vaudeville” which can include cajun, jazz, bossa-novas and folk music.
“Probably the most charismatic performance I’ve ever seen” Accessline IA

Zoe Lewis – vocals, piano, guitar, ukulele, Deirdre Cartwright – guitar, Alison Rayner – double bass

Tickets £7 in advance
£8 on the door

New season of Tomorrow the Moon begins at the Vortex on Wednesday 13 March


Three double bills at the Vortex Jazz Club featuring some of the UK’s finest contemporary jazz with support from a younger generation of rising stars.

This season we are once again funded by the PRS for Music Foundation and Jazz Services Small Promoters Scheme – many thanks to them for making this series possible.
AND we also have a Fairy Godmother and Godfather this season – Chloe and Seamus de Souza, who have helped toward the costs of these fabulous evenings. A special thank you to them.

Wednesday March 13th we begin with a rare London appearance from accordion virtuoso Karen Street, latin grooves and wonderful melodies from around the world, with support from young Dublin born singer Lauren Kinsella.
Her band also features Laura Jurd on trumpet who appeared in our last season and is definitely a young woman to watch. We’re really looking forward to these three gigs and we have another three planned for the Autumn.

All YOU need to do to support us is come along, be intrigued, be fascinated, be delighted and enjoy TOMORROW THE MOON II.
Book tickets online now – see the direct links below and hope to see you there!


Wednesday March 13th
Karen Street accordion
with Deirdre Cartwright guitar, Alison Rayner double bass, Paul Clarvis drums.