nishla smith quintet

nishla smith vocals / aaron wood trumpet / richard jones piano / joshua cavanagh-brierley bass / johnny hunter drums



the quintet is made up of younger manchester scene stalwarts. accomplished bandleaders in their own right, they responsively but respectfully inhabit the darksome burn of nishla’s world. the scintillating piano inventions of richard jones were rich but never cluttered. trumpeter aaron wood’s burnished tone was deployed judiciously with melodic clarity and poise. bassist josh cavanagh-brierley is respectfully authoritative alongside the drumming of johnny hunter, which is detailed without being distracting.

london jazz news



nishla’s original songs have a delicate, quirky but deceptively simple air about them – she has a quietly commanding presence and a relaxed but assured delivery that wins over audiences instantly. her often dreamy and melancholic aura is offset with her energetic and imaginative band of manchester’s finest young contemporary improvisers.

jazz north



nishla smith quitet is a jazz north northern line ambassador ensemble supported by jazz north using public funding from arts council england. 

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manchester, united kingdom


photo credits: chiara terraneo

+ ian west at sage gateshead

tour artwork by luca shaw.