Trinity Laban jazz students and alumni make an impression at the Barbican


Up-and-coming jazz group Nérija performed to a packed-out Barbican hall in support of Jamaican reggae and jazz guitarist Ernest Ranglin on Monday 27 June.

The concert celebrated Ernest Ranglin’s impressive musical career, which spans seven decades. Other notable musicians on stage included world famous drummer Tony Allen, eminent British saxophonist/BBC Radio 3 Jazz Now presenter Soweto Kinch, and the Senegalese multi-instrumentalist and singer Cheikh Lô. Opening for Ranglin and Friends, Nérija played a 30 minute set of original compositions, receiving a standing ovation for their performance.

Five Trinity Laban jazz students and alumni play in Nérija. They are: tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia, alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, trombonist Rosie Turton (absent from this performance), trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey and drummer Lizy Exell. The all-female septet, which also includes bassist Inga Eichler and guitarist Shirley Tetteh, has received widespread acclaim over the last two years, performing at prestigious venues and festivals such as Ronnie Scott’s, Southbank Centre, EFG London Jazz Festival and Love Supreme Festival.

With the aim of promoting a more gender-diverse culture in jazz, Trinity Laban is hosting ‘Young Women in Jazz’, a free taster day for young women who are potentially interested in studying jazz at a higher level. This is open to players aged 11-16 and 16+. For more information please visit the Trinity Laban website.

Nerija will be performing at the Tenth Annual Canary Wharf Jazz Festival in August alongside Trinity Laban student Moses Boyd (performing as one half of Binker & Moses). For more information, please visit the Canary Wharf website.

You can find more general information about the outstanding jazz programmes at Trinity Laban by visiting the Trinity Laban website.