At first there wasn't necessarily jazz. In the life of Shirley Tetteh, born in Great Britain in 1990, whose parents once came to the island from Ghana, other guitar heroes played a role. Eric Clapton, for example. Or Jimmy Page. Not to forget Jeff Beck. Perhaps not the worst teachers if you want to find out what you can do with a guitar. But, she once said, jazz just felt more natural to her fingers at some point. "And that was the moment I became obsessed with it." Her entry into jazz was also her step out into the world. And it could be quite exciting. This became especially clear to her when, at 18, she attended the legendary workshops of Tomorrow's Warriors, that young talent development project founded by Janine Irons and Gary Crosby, which has done a great deal of work to promote more diversity and gender equality in jazz. Jazz was now the focus of Shirley Tetteh's interest. But it's not so clear-cut as that. Like her peers Moses Boyd, Theon Cross, Sheila Maurice-Grey or Nubya Garcia, who also went through the Tomorrow's Warriors school, Tetteh incorporates all kinds of traditions and sounds into her music - jazz, African music, pop, soul. You can hear this in the most diverse constellations. For example, when she works with Zara McFarlane or with Gary Bartz. Of course, this applies to the band projects in which she is significantly involved - with the septet Nerija, the sextet Maisha or the SEED Ensemble. And it is especially evident in her solo works, which can sometimes drift into singer-songwriter territory. But one thing is for sure: at her Enjoy Jazz solo concert, one can listen to a curiously playful guitarist, composer and singer whose passion, as she once confessed, is to perform and compose in a way that is entirely her own. "I've been told that this is a lifelong journey!"
The concert duration is about 60 min.
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