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Nubya Garcia

London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK. Raised in a creative environment built by a set of Caribbean parents, her brand of afro-tinged Jazz has made her a key component in a string of new and established groups: from work with MOBO Award-winning drummer, Moses Boyd, legendary Jungle producer and toaster, Congo Natty, through to her own works as part of six-piece, Maisha, and the Nérija septet.

Nubya fearlessly threw herself head first into this 5ive project, her debut recording, with a clear vision of what she wanted and was meticulous in her pursuit of her sound. Enlisting the help of fellow musical comrades from an exciting new wave of London based talent, Nubya tapped into well-seasoned, harmonious relationships with players that know and understand her – and this joyful union radiates through her compositions.


Radio & Podcasts

Nubya Garcia, Ches Smith, The Messthetics, James Brandon Lewis & More

Read "Nubya Garcia, Ches Smith, The Messthetics, James Brandon Lewis & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Nubya Garcia returns; Impulse! Records further syncs itself to today's scene; Ches Smith finds catharsis in laughter; Ken Stubbs pays tribute to Sonny Rollins... These are a few of the interesting things you'll find in this episode of Mondo Jazz.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Nubya Garcia “Fortify" Fortify--Single (Concord) 0:16 Host talks 6:01 The Messthetics, James Brandon Lewis “Emergence" The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis (Impulse!) 7:21 ...

Live Review

London Brew At Barbican Centre

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London Brew Barbican Centre, Main Hall London BrewLondon November 18, 2023 Three years later than originally planned, London Brew made it to the Barbican stage. The star studded ensemble's concert tribute to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970) had been intended to mark the fiftieth anniversary of that album. But we all remember what hit the fan in 2020. Theatres and concert halls in Britain were closed and London Brew's Barbican performance was ...

Multiple Reviews

Nubya Garcia & Shabaka Hutchings Meditate Together On Bitches Brew

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New releases from London doff the hat to two 20th century American masterpieces. Both of the new albums feature tenor saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings, playing alongside each other and kicking up a storm alongside other luminaries of the London scene. The double album London Brew (Concord) is to be released on March 31, 2023. On it, Garcia and Hutchings front a twelve-piece lineup which explores Miles Davis' Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Drummer and percussionist Tom ...

Live Review

Nubya Garcia al Roma Jazz Festival

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Nubya Garcia Roma Jazz Festival 2022 Auditorium Roma 11.11.2022 Tra i nomi di punta della nuova scena jazz britannica, quello della sassofonista Nubya Garcia (si pronuncia nubaia) è indubbiamente uno dei più quotati, con i numerosi premi vinti in patria e l'accoglienza molto favorevole al suo recente lavoro Source, con il quale ha messo d'accordo pubblico e critica. A Roma si è presentata in quartetto, con un programma che attingeva ...

Album Review

Tom Skinner: Voices Of Bishara

Read "Voices Of Bishara" reviewed by Chris May

Voices Of Bishara is one of the top three jazz albums of 2022 so far and it would take the second comings of John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver and Lee Morgan to threaten to dislodge it. Before going into the particulars, the backstory.... An epically cross-genre drummer, Skinner has lit up avantist British jazz and related musics for around twenty years. He emerged among the cohort of musicians loosely grouped around the self-help collective F-IRE (Fellowship ...

Album Review

Kinetika Bloco: Legacy

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Legacy features some of the London jazz scene's leading players, among them tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia, trumpeters Claude Deppa, Mark Kavuma and Sheila Maurice-Grey, trombonist Nathaniel Cross and tubaist Theon Cross. As you would anticipate, there is much great jazz to be heard on the album, and along the way it bears witness to community spirit and the power of music to do good. It was recorded to celebrate the achievements of the music charity Kinetika Bloco ...

Album Review

Daniel Casimir: Boxed In

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Because of the supporting-cast role generally assigned to his instrument, bassist Daniel Casimir is not a household name in British jazz. But among musicians on the alternative London scene, and aficionados of it, he is highly regarded. Casimir is, for example, the bassist on all of tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia's recorded output to date. Garcia returns the favour by being one of the two featured soloists on Boxed In, Casimir's ambitiously conceived, out of left field--and stonkingly good--debut under his ...

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Chip Shelton
saxophone, sopranino



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Banger Factory


Voices Of Bishara

Brownswood/International Anthem/Nonesuch


Boxed In

Jazz Re:freshed


Space 1​.​8

Self Produced


Dark Matter




Concord Music Group


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