Celebrating 10 years of vocal jazz-pop

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Last Show: Wednesday 8 th June 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

ISQ are a critically-acclaimed quartet from London that combine elegant jazz-pop songs with powerful lyrics and Nordic Jazz sensibilities. The band is formed of Irene Serra on vocals/electronics (Wynton Marsalis, Norma Winstone, US3), Richard Sadler on double bass (founding member of the Neil Cowley Trio) Naadia Sheriff on piano (Yazz Ahmed, Hermeto Pascoal) and Chris Nickolls on drums (Andy Sheppard, Jean Touissant). Described as "EST with vocals", this crossover jazz outfit embrace songwriting in their own inimitable style. Their unique use of beautiful melodies, space and dynamics coupled with Serra’s evocative lyrics weave stories of a rare intensity. Undoubtedly one of the most original bands on the scene. Celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year since the release of their debut album and with a body of work that includes 4 critically-acclaimed albums, their performance tonight will include fresh arrangements of their most well-known tunes and a preview of new material from their forthcoming 5th album.


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“...sublime vocals...”

Jazz FM

ISQ are Irene Serra on vocals and Richard Sadler on double bass. With Chris Nickolls on drums and Naadia Sheriff on piano, this quartet takes the conventional jazz line-up as a mere starting point. Their second studio album “Too” was a Time Out London Critics Choice in 2015 and has seen them firmly establish a reputation as an emerging force in both creativity and performance. Their third release “Requiem For The Faithful” marked their first ever UK tour in 2019 with 16 dates across the country. Their latest album, “Requiem For The Faithful 2.0: The Remixes”, is a compilation of remixed songs from the original LP featuring award winning DJs and producers from around the world, has been released on 21st May 2021.

“…Performed midway between jazz and soul mode, Serra  occupies terrain Billie Holiday would find familiar; Sade too…JAZZWISE

“...A group who hone in on the soulful possibilities offered by improvisatory music…” - 

 Clash Magazine

"...Their arrangements draw on jazz, rock and electronic music, using the skills of the band’s individuals to the full, in music which is uniquely theirs..." - London Jazz

Their shows at PizzaExpress always sell out, so book your tickets in advance to secure your seats!

Band Line Up

Irene Serra (vocals/electronics)

Richard Sadler (double bass/electronics)

Naadia Sheriff (piano/synth)

Chris Nickolls (drums/electronics)