Freedom voted one of the top 6 jam sessions in London

London’s best improv jam sessions

Music is often best when it’s unscripted. This is where you can see musicians making the most of freedom


Freedom Sessions


The Vortex, E8  Second Monday of every month, 8pm-11pm, £6

Tunes are banned at the monthly Freedom Sessions, a musician’s hang-out run by vibraphonist Orphy Robinson and vocalist Cleveland Watkiss of Jazz Warriors International, and modelled on the anything-goes jazz loft scene of Seventies New York. Expect a wild evening of challenging improvisations from an eclectic mix of singers, instrumentalists and electronic producers. Regular players include harpist Tori Handsley, kit drummer Mark Mondesir and keyboardist Zuri Jarrett- Boswell. DJ Paul Bradshaw spins left-field vinyl between sets, while musos jam over the top. “This isn’t your usual macho saxophone-dominated jam, so we get a lot of female musicians coming down,” says Robinson. “It’s a place to be creative without feeling intimidated.”

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