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Nishla Smith Quintet

Nishla is a singer and songwriter who defies easy categorisation. Her live sets include a breathtaking variety of material: from celebrated originals to dark jazz standards and devastating ballads. One of Manchester Jazz Festival’s talent development artists and a prolific collaborator, Nishla has worked with some of the most highly respected jazz, and classical musicians in the UK. She recently collaborated with harpist Bec Mills on a project for Sage Gateshead’s summer residency program, and after frequent collaborations with Manchester Collective, her voice has come to be associated with her signature lush string arrangements. Nishla’s newest venture is a quintet bringing together some of Manchester’s best improvisors- Aaron Wood, Rich Jones, Josh Cavanagh Brierley, and Johnny Hunter to breathe a new playfulness into her haunting songs.

“The silenced room said it all” – Bebop Spoken Here

“It’s easy to get lost in Nishla’s voice” – Caught In The Act



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