Shez Raja ft Tony Kofi

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Last Show: Thursday 3 rd February 2022

PizzaExpress Live (Birmingham)

Virtuoso electric bass player Shez Raja is famed for his high energy live shows, unique Indojazzfunk sound and global jazz star collaborations with Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Trilok Gurtu and Wayne Krantz. Shez was recently voted one of the 'Hottest Bass Players in the World' by readers of Bass Player magazine. Following spectacular performances at top UK venues including Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Festival Hall, Islington Assembly Hall and the Jazz Café as well as major international jazz festivals from Russia to New Zealand, Shez and his band have amassed a devoted following and forged a reputation as one of the most entertaining live acts on the scene today.

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"A tailor made festival band with a unique identity"

The Guardian

Shez leads a stunning line-up tonight that features multi-award winning saxophone star Tony Kofi (Courtney Pine, Ornette Coleman) plus the incredible Sophie Alloway on drums and Kieron Garrett on keys.

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

Inspired by travels with his father to the Punjab region of the Indian sub-continent as a boy, Raja 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.