#WomenInMusic Spotlight: Afro-futurist post-bop saxophonist Nubya Garcia
Afro-futurist post-bop saxophonist Nubya Garcia
JUNE 29 • NAC 4TH STAGE • 4:00PM
The kids are dancing in the jazz clubs! Saxophonist Nubya Garcia is at the forefront of Britain’s youth-led jazz explosion, creating futurist bebop and afro-centric jazz that nods to Rollins and Coltrane while hurtling fearlessly into music’s unwritten future. Her sound is a radical clash of Caribbean rhythms, fusion, and modern electro-jazz.
Born in the Camden district of northwest London to Caribbean parents, Garcia belongs to a stylish young jazz cohort making a lot of joyful noise at the moment. Along with London scene mate, Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia stole the show at showcase of new British Jazz at the New York Winter Jazzfest 2018.
Nubya Garcia is a revered alumna of London’s innovative jazz education organization, Tomorrow’s Warriors. With a special focus on those from the African diaspora and female-identifying artists, Nubya credits the program with giving birth to Britain’s jazz explosion. Other notable alumni include: Moses Boyd, Eska, Shabaka Hutchings, and Soweto Kinch to name a few.
In 2017, Garcia self-released her debut e.p., Nubya’s 5IVE, to universal, critical acclaim. With a new popular consciousness being forged by US artists like Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington, Nubya’s 5IVE is a fearless collision of futurist hiphop, bebop, and exploratory afro-soul.