Tim Berne/Matt Mitchell Duo and Sheila Maurice-Grey vibe up The Vortex

There's a plethora of essential jazz nights lined up at The Vortex, as the Dalston-based bastion of cutting-edge jazz gears up for its busy autumn season. Among the many highlights is The Shape of Jazz to Come, the venue's monthly new talent series that's supported by the Dave Holland and Evan Parker Fund. This month's double-header features emerging ensembles Nima and Forj (24 Sept), with next month showcasing brilliant young trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey (24 Oct), while her Nérija bandmate, saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, leads her SEED Ensemble on 20 November. Other stand-out October gigs include an incendiary duo of iconoclastic New York saxophonist Tim Berne and powerful pianist Matt Mitchell on two rare UK shows (12 and 13 Oct); a dazzling collaboration between soul-jazz singer Chanda Rule and 81-year old piano legend Kirk Lightsey (22 Oct) and revered Brit-jazz vocalist Norma Winstone appears with the London Jazz Orchestra for a special Vortex fund-raiser (28 Oct).

In November international names visiting the club include acclaimed US bassist Stephan Crump with his group Rhombal (4 Nov) – featuring a killer line-up of Adam O'Farrill (trumpet), Ellery Eskelin (saxophone) and Kassa Overall (drums) – and the club's EFG London Jazz Festival line-up gets a dose of scorching hip hop jazz courtesy of James Brandon Lewis Trio (24 Nov). Later in the month drummer Lorraine Baker launchs her new album Eden (29 Nov), while early December sees two mesmerising nights from ambient jazz guitar guru David Torn, who plays solo and appears with the band Sonar, which features Stephan Thelen and Bernhard Wagner on tritone guitars, electric bassist Christian Kuntner and drummer Manuel Pasquinelli. There's another newly announced night under the banner of South African Jazz Fundraiser For the Vortex, featuring a superb band led by Jason Yarde and Adam Glasser with Chris Batchelor, George Crowley, Rob Luft, Steve Watts, and Tim Giles all appearing on Sunday 9 December.

– Mike Flynn

For more info on all these gigs and to book tickets visit www.vortexjazz.co.uk

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