Nishla Smith, Blue Dream Review
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Nishla Smith is a jazz singer and composer, that also began her journey in classical music. The melding of both genres gives her a unique perspective as a composer. Her quintet simply titled, the Nishla Smith Quintet performs at NQ Jazz, The Vortex and Jazz Leeds. Her writing is varied in that she eloquently writes jazz, classical and cabaret pieced. In fact in September 2017, she was commissioned to write Cabaret for the Manchester Collective, which toured throughout the UK, was featured at the PUSH Festival, was performed live on BBC 3’s In Tune. After a summer residency at the Sage in Gateshead, she closed the year with shows at mjf, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Matt and Phred’s, and Band on the Wall. In 2018, after a visit home to play at MONA’s Summer Jazz Festival in Tasmania, and a sell-out show at Melbourne’s Paris Cat, she became one of Manchester Jazz Festival’s talent development artists, recording a debut EP which will be released later this year. Currently Smith is working on a commission for the Opera North. Until then her single “Blue Dream,” released March 27, 2019 is a flavorful piece that signals what is to come with her impending EP.
Blue Dream (single)
Release Date: March 27, 2019
1189945 Records DK2
A beautiful vocal style, equaled by convincing writing and an alluring video. Smith certainly has a full figured craftsmanship in her voice, writing and concepts.