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Last Show: Thursday 24 th February 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

After a long break from playing live shows, Native Dancer return to the stage to revisit music from their critically acclaimed EP’s and debut album 'Tides' as well as exploring some much loved repertoire from Weather Report, Joni Michell, James Blake and other. For this show they will also invite some favourite guests with whom they have collaborated over the years. Expect big beats, raw and emotional songwriting, ferocious improvising, big keyboard setup and special guests.

“A divine piece of future-facing soul music that retains their jazz roots."

CLASH Magazine

Native Dancer was formed in 2014. Born out of late night jam sessions, listening   parties in an east London studio, conversations about psychedelics and boundary dissolution and a wealth of experience gigging on the London scene with some of the most interesting, creative artists the UK has produced.

Drawing on elements from their collective experience, Native Dancer have created a sound that weaves together influences from hip-hop, trip-hop, jazz, R&B and electronic pop. As individual artists the band has performed and recorded with an array of UK talent including Lianne La Havas, The Cinematic Orchestra, Jordan Rakei, Fatima and Mathew Herbert to name a few.

Since inception in 2014, Native Dancer has released 2 EP’s to critical acclaim garnering loyal fans of their music all over the world.  

In April 2016, EP Vol.II was released by Japanese label Inpartmaint. 

Since then, the band has performed at SXSW in Austin Texas, Afropunk NYC and Paris, opening shows in London for NAO at Somerset House and Lianne La Havas at Earth amongst others.

Fast forward to 2020 and TIDES the debut album is out on their own label Psychological Banana Records garnering support from Nubya Garcia on BBC Radio 1, Jazz FM, various BBC 6 Music DJ’s, Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2, KCRW in USA, PBSFM in Australia and many other stations across Europe.

Expect beat driven songs with soulful vocals, searching lyrics and glitchy, psychedelic soundscapes.


Band Line Up

Frida Touray (vocals)

Sam Crowe (piano/keyboards)

Josh Arcoleo (saxophone)

Jonathan Harvey (bass)

Dan See (drums)