The rising London saxophonist, composer and bandleader selects jazz, soul, reggae and improvisational tracks inspired by water.
Born and raised in North West London to Caribbean parents, Nubya Garcia is a tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader, and one of the key players in the resurgence of contemporary jazz in the UK. She studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, but it was with Tomorrow’s Warriors where she found her musical path — Tomorrow’s Warriors is an educational collective founded by double bassist Gary Crosby in the early ’90s that brings together young artists interested in jazz and improvisational styles of live music. Her involvement there led her to work with drummer Moses Boyd, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and jungle producer and MC Congo Natty, among many others. She’s also part of Jazz Re:freshed, an underground label and series of literary and musical events, and a West London-based weekly live residency. She performs in ensembles through Jazz Re:freshed, like the female-led group Nérija, and in 2017 released her debut solo album, Nubya’s 5ive, where she collaborated with fellow alumni of Tomorrow’s Warriors. In 2018, she self-released an EP, We Are Here.