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

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Freedom Sessions

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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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