Shez Raja is a virtuoso bass player, composer and band leader from London, England.
Shez regularly records and tours with the cream of the British and global jazz scene including Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Andy Sheppard, Soweto Kinch, Gilad Atzmon, Arun Ghosh, Jay Phelps, Monika Lidke, Denys Baptiste and Shabaka Hutchings.
Educated at Leeds College of Music, Shez started his career touring the UK with groups such as Elephant Talk and Loka (signed to renowned label Ninja Tune), before becoming a highly sought after session musician, touring with platinum selling US hip-hop artist MC Lyte.
Shez formed his bass-led outfit, the Shez Raja Collective in 2007 with the vision of creating exciting music that evokes many emotions – a unique mix of Indo-jazz, thundering funk, tuneful ragas and intoxicating grooves.
The release of four highly acclaimed albums (on 33 Records), as well as headline festival appearances around the globe, has seen the band amass a dedicated following and forge a reputation as one of the most entertaining live acts on the scene today.
“If the Mahavishnu Orchestra were reformed with a reincarnated Jaco Pastorius in charge it would sound pretty similar” – The Guardian
Shez Raja’s GK gear