"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
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 South African Township. 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 at the renowned Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.
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. 2016 has seen them release their self-titled debut EP, perform at the Barbican Centre and Cadogan Hall, as well as sell out their headline performance the EFG London Jazz Festival.
TRUMPET Sheila Maurice-Grey
TROMBONE Rosie Turton
ALTO SAXOPHONE Cassie Kinoshi
TENOR SAXOPHONE Nubya Garcia
GUITAR Shirley Tetteh
DOUBLE BASS Inga Eichler
DRUMS Lizy Exell