Nubya Garcia

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Nubya Garcia is a multi-award winning saxophonist and composer who studied under pianist Nikki Yeoh at Camden Music. She was a member of Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens, then completed her training at Trinity Laban.

Her debut album, SOURCE, released under the iconic Concord Jazz, has been received with wide critical acclaim. Following her album release, the London-based jazz player debuted on NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, coming off the heels of a Pitchfork ‘Best New Music’ honour and a Rolling Stone ‘Album of the Month’ mention. The New York Times described SOURCE as “a life’s worth of experiences into an hour long listen.”; and Nubya has been featured in numerous print media worldwide, including Mojo, Vogue, and Ebony Magazine.

She won both the Jazz FM and Sky Arts Breakthrough Act of the Year Awards in 2018, and the Jazz FM UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019. She has made a huge impact internationally and in the UK, with her debut album entering the UK charts in the Top 30, and was one of only three live performers selected to perform live at Glastonbury’s 2020 Experience (which aired on the BBC), and a USA appearance as a featured artist on the Network TV entertainment show ‘EXTRA’. She has won Downbeat’s Critic’s Poll Rising Star Award, Tenor Saxophone; the Parliamentary Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year Award, and the Jazz Journalist Award. SOURCE was also one of 12 albums nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

Nubya toured the USA in support of the band KHRUANGBIN; performing at sold-out venues including Radio City Music Hall in NY, The Ryman in Nashville and The Met in Philadelphia; continuing on to her own headline tour in the UK and USA, performing to capacity crowds at festivals including Glastonbury, Love Supreme, Pickathon, Newport Jazz Fest, The Salt Shed in Chicago and The Ford in Los Angeles. In 2023, Garcia released the Amazon Original ‘Rude Boy/It’s Love,’ an inspired mash-up of Prince Jammy and Lee “Scratch” Perry’s dub classic “Rude Boy”, and “It’s Love,” a deep cut from Jill Scott’s groundbreaking debut album. The single was later followed by the album release ‘Khruangbin & Nubya Garcia: Live At Radio City Music Hall’; followed by ‘Lean In’ her original single which pays affectionate tribute to the Garage scene that dominated the UK club scene throughout the late 1990s. Nubya’s latest single ‘Fortify’ was released in January 2024. She comments that the track is about “searching and seeking ways to protect and strengthen yourself within the disruption and chaos of life, about creating safe spaces and practices to let go of your stresses, and to elevate the joy within those practices and spaces”.

She continues to tour worldwide, along with unique collaborations with brands including Lululemon, Paul Smith, Labrum, Nicholas Daley and Burberry. She was one of three creatives selected for Fossil’s ‘Moment In Time’ campaign, which was published globally in VOGUE, GQ, and GLAMOUR Magazines.
As a composer, Garcia’s original music has been placed with Apple TV (Ted Lasso); OWN Network (Cherish The Day); FX TV (Atlanta); EPIC GAMES (Fortnite); and on multiple podcasts (including the theme tune for Anika Noni Rose’s Clio award-winning podcast Being Seen).