Mike Hobart is an experienced and soulful saxophonist with a warm tone and a fluid technique. Self taught with a little help from UK free-jazz iconoclast Evan Parker, he cut his professional teeth with the chart-topping soul band Johnny Johnson’s & the Bandwagon. Since then, he has balanced the free and the funky on the European festival circuit, clubs and studio sessions and has toured South America. Credits include gigs with Esther Phillips, the American poet Barry Wallenstein and a long stint with Otis Grand. He launched his latest CD, Evidential, at the Vortex Jazz club on 11 February, and the band performed at this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival. His first inspirations were the flowing freedoms of Miles Davis’1960s quintet and the soulful blues of Ray Charles, but a lot has happened since then. Evidential puts it all together, gives it an urban twist and keeps it soulful and swinging.

“Got a definition for soul? No, me neither. But if you wanted to smell it, taste it, lick it off the walls, you could have done worse than catch the Mike Hobart Quintet warming up a chill night at the Vortex.” Andy Robson Jazzwise

Mike Hobart’s Urban Jazz Collective
Mike Hobart
 Tenor Saxophone
Chris Lee Trumpet
Tal Janes Guitar
Michele Ontolloti Bass
Eric Ford Drums


First set 8.00pm – 8.50pm
Second set 9.10pm – 10.00pm

Food served until 9.00pm
Drinks served until 10.00pm

Cafe open to jazz ticket holders only from 6.30pm