Shez Raja ft John Etheridge and Arun Ghosh

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Virtuoso electric bass player Shez Raja and his world-class band will be performing their unique brand of Indo-jazz funk. Shez leads a stunning line-up tonight that features legendary Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge (Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny) and Indo-jazz star clarinettist Arun Ghosh. This concert includes material from their brand new album 'Journey to Shambhala', which tells the tale of a young man who embarks on an adventure to discover the mystical city of Shambhala. The album was recorded with US guitar genius Wayne Krantz and Indian percussion guru Trilok Gurtu (whose unique vocal percussion samples are included in the concert production).

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"A tailor-made festival band with a unique identity"

The Guardian

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The group will also be performing music from their previous highly acclaimed album ‘Gurutopia’, recorded with global jazz legends Randy Brecker and Mike Stern.

The band's live show is an eclectic headcharge of raw energy and always leaves audiences uplifted, inspired and asking for more.

Expect exciting music that’s full of surprises – a sonic kaleidoscope of euphoric jazz, thundering funk, tuneful ragas and intoxicating grooves!

Shez Raja

Shez Raja was born to an Asian father and English mother in the North-West of England. Classically trained on the violin from the age of 9, a few years later he traded the instrument for electric bass and hasn’t looked back since.

Educated at Leeds College of Music, Raja toured the UK with groups such as Elephant Talk and Loka (signed to renowned label Ninja Tune) before becoming a highly sought-after session musician.

He then went on to perform at Glastonbury Festival, the prestigious Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Shepherd's Bush Empire and the London Forum, as well as touring Europe with platinum-selling hip-hop artist MC Lyte.

Inspired by travels with his father to the Punjab region of the Indian sub-continent as a young boy, Shez immersed himself in the musical culture of his South Asian roots. He now merges his rich musical heritage with a hugely diverse playing experience to create dynamic and passionate music that blends East with West.

John Etheridge

Guitar legend John Etheridge was once described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists". He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as 'eclectic'. John has toured and recorded with the iconic Stephane Grappelli, jazz-fusion supergroup The Soft Machine, John Williams, Dizzie Gillespie, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny and countless others.

Arun Ghosh

Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, award-winning Arun Ghosh’s musical vocabulary reflects his rich geographical heritage. Using the spirit and language of jazz, with the sounds and styles of Indian classical and folk, Arun's playing is full of lyrical melodies, down to earth directness and psychedelic ambient introspection.

Monika Lidke
Polish-born singer Monika Lidke’s artistry cuts through worldly clamour with lucid freshness, entwining contemporary jazz, European folk, pop and Latin – a vocal warmth drawing comparison with Stacey Kent and Norah Jones. Lidke’s vocal agility is part of the vibrant Shez Raja sound and her exuberance floods the music with colour.

Band Lineup

Shez Raja (electric bass guitar)
John Etheridge (electric guitar)
Arun Ghosh (clarinet)
Monika Lidke (vocals)
Vasilis Xenopoulos (saxophone)
Alex Stanford (keyboards)
Chris Nickolls (drums)