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.
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. In 2021 she 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 has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2021 Mercury Prize, one of only 12 albums to be nominated in celebration of the best of U.K. Music. She is a member of the septet Nerija and has toured extensively worldwide. Her reputation as a DJ is burgeoning, and she currently helms a hit radio residency on NTS.