Naadia Sheriff

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Naadia is a founder member of Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla Band.

Since 2019 she has been the pianist/keyboardist for ISQ

She is the pianist for Lara Eidi

She is a member of Dave Manington’s Mingus Ah Um project



Highlights from past experience include ALL the work with Kate Dimbleby, but especially New York 2015/16. Playing with Hermeto Pascoal (and the rest of them!) for his 80th birthday Barbican concert.  My long and joyful collaboration with Rosie Brown, the Sheffield Jazz singer, starting with being terrified in Bobby Wellins’s small band at a Summer School and most recently with performing her Joni MItchell show ‘Where Light Falls’, being a Classical Pianist (for a day or two) and performing ‘Carnival of the Animals’ with the NEO, leading my own Jazz Quartet and bringing out an album (2 years in the making  and two babies along the way (3 if you count the album)

Live and recorded radio work includes ‘In Tune’ ‘Woman’s Hour’ ‘J to Z’ and ‘Jools Holland’

Naadia appeared with Kate Dimbleby in the 2012 film ‘Blood’ directed by Nick Murphy and Starring Paul Bettany


Arranging/Composing/Musical Direction


Naadia Was MD for Kate Dimbleby for a number of years collaborating with Kate on two shows and two albums the first of which ‘Beware of Young Girls’ reached no. 3 in the iTunes Jazz Chart.

She worked as Assistant Musical Director for ‘Live Theatre’ Newcastle on the play , ‘Lush Life’ by Paul Sirett and  as Musical Director on A Nightingale Sang in Eldon Square’ by CP Taylor.

Naadia has also composed and arranged for ISQ  and Lara Eidi as well as writing the music for her album ‘Gnarly Hymn’




Naadia has a long career as an instrumental teacher currently holding positions at St Paul’s Girls’ School and Merchant Taylors Boys school in London.

She has also worked extensively on the jazz course at Junior Guildhall.

In 2019 Naadia Founded ‘Kids Concert Club’  and in 2020 received a national lottery grant to fund future concerts.

Naadia is an examiner for ABRSM


“Naadia Sheriff's swinging accompaniment completes a ravishing evening” the Guardian (4 stars)


“Dazzling Pianist” the Times.




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