Preview: Jazz Herstory presents…Nérija @ Poplar Union (London, 18th January 2018)
Every now and then, it happens that we chance upon shows that we can’t do otherwise but bless with support. The most recent case is a brand new music series debuting on Thursday the 18th of January at Poplar Union.
Jazz Herstoryaims to give you a new perspective on the dynamic London jazz music scene: a perspective entirely depicting, and depicted by, women.
The series of events – happening on a monthly basis in the East End venue – doesn’t just have an intriguing line-up, hosting some of the most up-and-coming names in the scene, but it also advocates a noble cause, giving more space and exposure, and aiming to: “bring women from the background to a balanced foreground in jazz”.
The series couldn’t debut in a better way, because its first appointment will host on its stage Nérija, a band that can count on no fewer than seven remarkable musicians who are all enriching the British capital sound by broadening its jazz borders, and embracing far-reaching influences (from South African township music to London grime and US hip-hop).
Despite having only released an EP, Nérija have already built a solid reputation in the UK thanks to their spellbinding performances at major festivals and venues. The new album is only a few months away, so their Poplar Union show will be a not-to-be-missed occasion to approach their sound and catch an early preview of their music to come.
Last Sunday we went to The Pickle Factory for the first night of Ovation, a monthly series that will bring the best of contemporary jazz and world music to the intimate East London venue. The events are co-curated by Tom Skinner (Hello Skinny, Matthew Herbert, Owiny Sigoma Band, and Sons…