Sunday, December 11th, 2022

New Jazz Messengers:

Karen Shiraishi Qt

Roella Oloro Qt


We're delighted to present two acts that reflect the burgeoning young UK jazz talent that has emerged during the last few years: pianist/composer Karen Shiraishi and multi-instrumentalist/composer Roella Oloro - both graduates from/studying at the renowned Berklee College of Music. This is a great opportunity to catch two musicians who are definitely destined for greater things - as are their fellow band members.


Ever since she first fell in love with the Oscar Peterson Trio at age 14, 21?-year-old pianist Karen has been hooked on the sound of jazz and knew she had to have a slice of it.


Karen's journey began at World Heart Beat Music Academy and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy in London. When the Berklee offered her a scholarship in 2017, she was, to say the least, ecstatic.

During her time at Berklee, Karen says she's gained so much knowledge and self-assurance, her playing and composition having improved significantly.

Karen had NEA Jazz Master
Joanne Brackeen as a personal tutor, and also attended workshops and clinics with greats such as Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Esperanza Spalding, Danilo Perez, Linda Oh, Melissa Aldana and Aaron Parks.

Joining Karen is a trio of exciting young players, including in-demand drummer and 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Award winner Jas Kayser.

Karen Shiraishi (Piano), James Wade-Sired (Trombone), Ezekiel Ajie (Bass), Jas Kayser (Drums).


Inspired by jazz in her early teens after hearing Oscar Peterson, 21?-year-old Roella moved to London in 2017 to study at Trinity Laban and quickly became involved with London’s vibrant scene, performing with bands such as the Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline, as well as regularly attending jams.

After spending summer 2018 at Berklee under the mentorship of drummer Terri Lyne-Carrington, she formed part of Terri’s Jazz and Gender Justice Institute.


Through this and other Berklee classes, Roella was able to meet and study with jazz legends such as Melissa Aldana, Aaron Parks, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joanne Brackeen and, most recently, Wayne Shorter.

Roella is joined by a trio of incredibly talented young musicians to explore repertoire comprising originals as well as compositions by Roy Hargrove and Esperanza Spalding.

Roella Oloro (Piano/Keyboard), Poppy Daniels (Trumpet), Rio Kai (Bass), Andee Liu (Drums).

Tickets: £16 / £14 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fee)

Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm

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Dave Lewis & Noel McCalla

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