7th November 2018
A World in London, Resonance FM, London
Award-winning guitarist & songwriter Shirley Tetteh on this A World in London!
The Jazz world has long been notorious as a male-dominated bastion, so kudos to The Parliamentary Jazz Awards last month for recognising female talent. Amongst the winners were Alison Rayner and her ARQ foursome, and Best Newcomer went to tonight’s guest on AWIL, Shirley Tetteh. A graduate of Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors, Shirley is one the musicians at the forefront of South London’s young & vibrant jazz scene, a member of innovative septet Nerija, as well as the established Jazz Jamaica All-Stars. Playing guitar with Maisha as well as sessioning for Zara McFarlane, Shirley also composes her own songs under her Ghanaian first name Nardeydey, the latest of which – Speedial - has just been released by Lucky Number Music as a single. Speedial is available on digital download in all the normal places, and will be followed on November 9th by Maisha’s debut album, plus a Nerija disc next year. Together on this AWIL we ask what is this thing called jazz anyway? And who is it for? We’ve had two eminent jazz women on AWIL in the last four weeks, and both are Shirleys. Smart for cello, Tetteh for guitar. The future for Nu Jazz feels female-led, and fantastic!