Nefertari Bey

Nefertari Bey


Nefertari Bey takes jazz, mixes it with gospel and adds a dash of the Down-Home Blues. "Real instruments for real music, for real people" is her mantra. Giving the listener the most intimate, heart-throbbing, soulful musical experience ever!


In today's time, one thing that's usually not synonymous with younger generations is the love and appreciation of Jazz music. Well, 25-year-old vocalist, pianist, composer and arranger, Nefertari Bey, is making a unique impression on the Jazz industry with her unparalleled talent and sultry voice

Nefertari has written numerous original compositions, and traveled across the United States, Russia and Europe spreading her talent. She has performed with notable artist such as; Kenny Barron, Dr. Billy Taylor, Curtis Lundy, Chip Jackson, Louis Hayes, George Colligan, Winard Harper and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra members Marcus Printup and Wes "Warmdaddy"Anderson.

Nefertari Bey was born in Oakland, California, but had the privilege of growing up in Detroit and Chicago. Jazz music lived in the Bey's household, her father Lester Lashley was one of the charter members of the AACM, (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) a 60's Chicago Jazz group. At the age of eight Nefertari gravitated to the clarinet and joined various instrumental and vocal ensembles. By the time Nefertari was sixteen she was performing in her first European tour.

Due to Bey’s musical ability she was encouraged to move to New York by many well-known musicians and fans. Not long after her move, she began performing at top-notch Jazz venues. In 2006 she was a participant in the 2nd Annual Diet Coke Women In Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center and she was selected to be a part of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was also featured in Written Magazine’s Celebrating Six Independent Artists.

Nefertari Bey draws her musical influences from Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, John Coltrane and Liz Macomb. Having studied under Jazz masters Barry Harris and Shelia Jordan, Bey's singing has become steeped in tradition. Most importantly, Nefertari Bey is an advocate of music education; she holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampton University in Classical Performance and Music Engineering Technology, and a Masters of Music from Georgia State University in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in Music Education.

Despite the many accolades Nefertari has received, she continues to remain humble and dedicated to creating first-rate music. With her extreme talent, education and contribution to the industry, Nefertari is being recognized as one of Jazz's up and coming great vocalist.


DEBUT CD Release Coming Soon!

Set List

Set Times 50-70 minutes
Set Includes Originals, Jazz Standards & Sultry Blues