'what happened to agnes' @ push festival -broadway world

HOME announces push 2020, the annual celebration of the north west's most creative cultural talent...highlights include what happened to agnes presented by nishla smith, a personal account of the extraordinary life of her malaysian grandmother (fri 24/sat 25 Jan).


review: nishla smith and tom harris @ jazz at the lubetkin - bebop spoken here

'the next time nishla smith is in town go check her out...' 


nishla smith quintet at marsden jazz festival - london jazz news

'marsden jazz festival has announced its full line-up...'


nishla smith quintet bsl interpreted @ lancaster jazz festival - skem news

'the nishla smith quintet, who open jazz north’s northern line showcase at this year’s festival on friday 13 september, will have their lyrics and speech interpreted for audiences with hearing loss.'


review: blue dream - manchester women songwriters' collective

'everything about this track is sophisticated and tasteful... the song sounds familiar but doesn’t quite always end up where you expect it to...'


nishla smith quintet join jazz north's northern line artist roster

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


'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...'


review: blue dream - yabyum music & arts

'jazz singer-songwriter nishla smith channels some billie holiday on her new single, 'blue dream.' the song is about a slow self-awakening and the musicality is lulling and leaves the listener with the sense of emerging from a dream-filled afternoon nap...'


'what happened to agnes' - original commission for opera north's resonance

'during this spring’s residencies, jazz singer and songwriter nishla smith will work on a new song cycle...'


review: blue dream -

'the result is stunning, not only vocally does she capture your attention, but connecting the video to the elements of the song her vision is seamlessly conveyed. well worth the listen...'


jazz voice of the month - sandy brown jazz

'nishla is a singer and songwriter who defies easy categorisation...'


review: nishla smith quintet live at vortex - london jazz news

'nishla smith’s original ballads sound like standards from the american songbook of the 1940s and '50s. there is an ambivalent undercurrent to the beguiling nostalgia of another place and julian. maudlin moments shoulder ecstatic reveries...'


interview: 'the jazz podcast'

'keep your eyes very much on this one...'


review: jazz cafe newcastle jam - bebop spoken here

'don't explain sang nishla smith. we didn't - the silenced room said it all...'


nishla announced as sage gateshead open studio residency programme participant

'we’re opening up our music education centre next month for a unique series of short residencies where musicians, singers and artists can create new work...'


nishla at lancaster jazz festival programme launch

'our 2018 festival programme launch featuring a performance from nishla...'


nishla at manchester jazz festival, 2018

'a selection of artists who’ve made it through mjf's groundbreaking hothouse scheme...'


nishla announced as manchester jazz festival hothouse participant

'mjf has awarded places on the second round of its talent development programme, hothouse to manchester-based gospel vocalist tosin akindele, lancashire-based joseph spencer of north trio and didsbury-based vocalist nishla smith...'


review: cabaret - caught in the act

'it’s easy to get lost in nishla’s voice, as she nonchalantly regresses into the jazz standards...'


review: cabaret - northern quota

'beautifully sung and expressed by the talented and soulful singer nishla smith together with manchester collective...'


live on bbc 3 intune

'singer/songwriter nishla performs 'hold on to me' with bartosz glowacki on accordion, and guillaume matthias on piano...'

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photo credits: chiara terraneo

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