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Last Show: Monday 12 th June 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Recently nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016, Nérija are a collective of up and coming, London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and Hi-life. Together they have toured across Europe and the UK in addition to performing alongside top UK jazz musicians such as Nathaniel Facey of Empirical, pianist Zoe Rahman, and supporting Jazz Jamaica. Nérija's most recent performances include UK festivals A Love Supreme, Latitude, Brainchild, Manchester Jazz Festival, Jazz Re:Fest and EFG London Jazz Festival. At the end of 2015, they also had the incredible opportunity to support Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, their Manchester Jazz Festival set being featured on BBC Radio 3.

"An all-female band featuring some really strong players and some excellent writing.”

Jez Nelson, BBC Radio, Jazz on 3

"As it turned out, Latitude had one last surprise in store and I found myself at the iArena in the woods watching all female jazz septet Nerija. This really was the perfect musical palate cleanser, at times bringing to mind On The Corner era Miles Davis jazz fusion. Nerija were the unexpected treat.” 

Stuart Preston of Outline Online

 "Nérija followed with an excellent set of tuneful originals by various members of this septet. Arguably the ‘purest’ jazz group of all the acts, Nérija brought together elements of South African, West African, Caribbean and contemporary British jazz sounds, reflecting the complex cultural exchanges that make London’s jazz scene so rich. It was great to see – and hear – these young up-and-coming musicians performing with such soul and a sense of adventure that many bands spend years searching for. There were outstanding solos from guitarist Shirley Tetteh, alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi and trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey.” 

Marlowe Heywood-Thornes, Jazzwise Magazine on Jazz ReFest 

The septet Nérija (pronounced Ne-ree-ya) was born out of a Tomorrow’s Warriors programme that actively encourages and supports more female musicians to pursue a career in jazz. These talented youngsters play a mixture of classic jazz repertoire, alongside original music written by members of the band, citing Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter and Kurt Rosenwinkel amongst their influences.

Band Lineup

Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet)

Rosie Turton (trombone)

Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone)

Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone)

Shirley Tetteh (guitar)

Inga Eichler (double bass)

Lizy Exel (drums)