The Vortex Jazz Club is a venue in London, England that primarily features live contemporary jazz. The Vortex started as a jazz club in 1987 and was located in Stoke Newington Church Street. However following the acquisition of that building by property developers, the club relocated in 2005 to the Dalston Culture House in Gillett Street, N16, where it is at the heart of the newly created Gillett Square, one of mayor Ken Livingstone's 100 public spaces for London. The Square opened on 10 November 2006 with a performance by Andy Sheppard's Saxophone Massive, composed of 200 saxophonists. The street in front of the club was renamed Aim Bailey Place in December 2007, after guitarist Derek Bailey.
Many notable jazz musicians have played at the Vortex, including Last Amendment, F-IRE Collective, Derek Bailey, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, John Etheridge, Tim Berne, Ian Shaw, Lianne Carroll and Django Bates. The first release on the club's own record label is by the Portico Quartet. The Jazz Club also hosts a Vocals@Vortex Open Mic Session which is run by Romy Summers and the house band The Bob Stuckey Trio. This gives aspiring vocalists and musicians the opportunity to perform in a well-respected venue.
Many artists have been discovered through their talent by this successful evening. Most notably, Daniel Farrugia, a young Jazz pianist from North London, made his debut performance at Vocals@Vortex before performing elsewhere in the capital on the Jazz scene. It also has a popular monthly Gypsy/Eastern European night hosted by Gina Boreham which began in 2006 with Dunajska Kapelye's debut concert.