If you can’t wait, take a look here at our new Electric landladies film….


Dress up Dress down for the Xmas Dance Party of 2013
but don’t wait until the Inn is full!

Laka Daisical vocals/kbd, Sarah Pritchard vocals/perc, Deirdre Cartwright/guitar
Diane McLoughlin kbd/sax, Alison Rayner bass/voc, Ann Day drums

Chats Palace
42-44 Brooksbys Walk
London E9 6DF
Doors 8pm First set 8.45pm
Tickets £12 advance £15 on the door
Online: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/244570

Carol Grimes at VORTEXMAS Party – Wed 11 December

Blow the Fuse VorteXmas party with special guest — London blues legend Carol Grimes.
Dorian Ford piano,  Deirdre Cartwright guitar,  Alison Rayner bass,  Winston Clifford drums.


Carol Grimes, singer, songwriter, poet, storyteller. An evening to remember as we celebrate the darkest month with the warmth and brightness of music and stories. With a wonderful range of material and her regular accompanist Dorian Ford. Carol Grimes’ caustic wit and quirky observations about life and art in a set of songs that blend jazz, soul and blues.

We will be showing a short film “Being for the benefit of Carol Grimes” in the first set which feature performances by Ian Shaw, Sarah Jane Morris, Annie Whitehead, Jennifer Maidman, Steve Lodder, Laka D, Mark Jennet, Josefina Cupido and all the live band from a gig at Chats Palace in 2008.

Film 9pm Live Music 9.45pm
The Vortex Jazz Club 11 Gillett Street, London N16 8JH
Admission £12 Tickets http://www.wegottickets.com/event/247846

Jan’s Bar Deirdre Cartwright Trio plus guests Friday 20 Dec


Yes, music that moves in mysterious ways!

Alison Rayner bass, Winston Clifford drums, plus Diane McLoughlin and a box of Cadbury’s Roses!

Yesterday… all my trouble seemed so ….


Look what we’ve uncovered recently. Alison and Deirdre from 1977. We can’t work out if they were supposed to be in fancy dress. We think this photo was taken on stage at the 1977 festival at the Drill Hall in London.

December 2013: WOAH… STOP PRESS…

THIS SUNDAY 12th… ‘ELECTRIC LANDLADIES UNPLUGGED’ aka Acoustic Landlady. Vortex N16.

Book tickets online http://www.wegottickets.com/event/252373

The 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards (APPJAG) are now open for public nominations, closing on Monday 3rd February.
Please vote here http://www.jazzservices.org.uk to ensure that your favourite albums and artists of last year are represented.

We are very proud to have been awarded a Jazz Promoters Award for the third year running. Our thanks to Jazz services and the PRSF for funding the scheme. The money will help us to run our ‘Tomorrow the World‘ series in 2014; A series of double bills led by women featuring some of the UK’s finest  jazz and world music with support from a younger generation of rising stars.


Last three gigs of 2013 coming up. More info to follow…
If we don’t see you at any of these, we hope you have a good break and a chance to relax.
It’s been quite a Year – see you in the next one, and don’t be late!

TOMORROW THE MOON at The Vortex – Wednesday Nov 13th

Our season of double bills this month features a wonderful piano player, recording artist and arranger – Janette Mason with support from a young guitarist starting to make waves on the jazz scene, Shirley Tetteh.

Janette Mason piano with Deirdre Cartwright guitar,
Alison Rayner double bass, Buster Birch drums
Shirley Tetteh Quartet
Shirley Tetteh guitar Reiss Ellis Beckles sax,
Daniel Casimir bass Patrick Boyle drums

Janette Mason a mainstay of the British Jazz scene for over a decade, Janette Mason has toured her unique sound in Europe, Israel, Japan, Thailand the United States, playing everywhere from The Atlanta and Rochester Jazz Festivals to the Carnegie and Albert Hall.
Her debut album, Din and Tonic, was shortlisted by Guardian Jazz Critic John Fordham as a contender for “Jazz Album of the Year.”


The Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Street
London N16 8JH

Doors 8pm First set 8.45 pm £10 concessions available
Bookings: 020 7254 4097 Online: www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Friday Nov 29 @ Jan’s Bar

The Deirdre Cartwright trio is back at the Bar.

Last Friday of the month.
Doors 8pm Music 9pm Alison Rayner on bass, Simon Roth on drums and guests popping up. Imaginative, improvised, melodic and free admission.
Diane McLoughlin will be guesting on saxophone tonight.

Jan’s Belgian Bar (right next door to Sunstone Gym on Stoke Newington Common)
16 Northwold Road
Stoke Newington N16

Coming up this November 2013 from Blow the Fuse

We have so much lovely music coming up this November 2013 from Blow the Fuse.

Janette Mason and the Guest Stars, Jan’s Bar on the last Friday, and then in December … It’s Friday the Thirteenth, a date to remember with the ELECTRIC LANDLADIES. Tickets have gone on sale this week!

Guest Stars Ticket Update – selling out so be sure to book your tickets soon.

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