The original Vortex Jazz Club started life in Stoke Newington as an art gallery and café with occasional live music.
In 1984 David Mossman and his business partner Irving Kinnersley opened the Vortex Galleries on the first floor of the building. On the ground floor they ran a second-hand book shop and an art materials’ shop.
When it became evident that this off the beaten track gallery was neither attracting the customers nor the critics it needed for commercial success, the partners turned their attention to the music and decided that live jazz was the answer. This was either an extremely courageous or naively foolhardy decision. There are enough jokes around that make the point about the impecunious nature of jazz to warn anyone off such a venture. You have to be either a bit mad or completely passionate about the music or perhaps both.
Nevertheless, in 1987 a new jazz club was born.
The Vortex is available for private hire for parties, corporate functions, meetings, rehearsals and concerts.
The Vortex can be hired during the daytime, evening or both by arrangement, for parties of between 10 - 100 people. Hire includes use of the PA system and fully licensed bar.
The Vortex Jazz Club is housed in the Dalston Culture House, a striking new landmark building designed by Hackney architects Hawkins Brown. The building has been short listed for the Hackney Design awards and has already attracted considerable attention from both press and public. Leading architectural critic Jonathan Glancey recently wrote about the Dalston Culture House in the Guardian.