London-based Nubya Garcia has kept busy through quarantine. Today the UK jazz player extraordinaire shares her debut ‘Tiny Desk (Home) Concert’ for NPR. This comes off the heels of a New York Times profile, a Pitchfork ‘Best New Music’ honor and a Rolling Stone ‘Album of the Month’ mention for the rising tenor saxophone player.
The set features Nubya and her band—Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Daniel Casimir (double bass), Sam Jones (drums), Richie Seivwright and Cassie Kinoshi (vocals). Watch the three song set featuring “Source,” “Pace” and “Boundless Beings,” HERE
SOURCE, out now on Concord Jazz, an album the New York Times describes as “a life’s worth of experiences into an hourlong listen.”
Produced by Garcia herself in collaboration with celebrated producer Kwes (Bobby Womack, Solange, Nerija), the album was heralded by lead singles “Pace” and “Source.” She’s already made a huge impact in her native UK, with a rousing performance for the BBC’s 2020 Glastonbury Experience as well as a Jazzwise cover for their September Issue.
SOURCE explores a multidimensional jazz sound layered with soul and afro-diasporic sounds. It tells a deeply personal story. Garcia’s saxophone work creates a cohesive piece of modern jazz music. From a slower, more romantic tempo in “Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be” to the upbeat title track “Source” featuring Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi and Richie Seivwright, Garcia’s instrumental and composition skills are showcased in more ways than one.
Listen to “Source” HERE
SOURCE serves as Garcia’s first full album to date. Her self-released EP WHEN WE ARE (2018), the title track of which was described as “effervescent” by the New York Times, was named one of NPR’s Best Songs of 2018. Her debut EP, NUBYA’s 5IVE, released in 2017, was hailed as “exceptional” by the Vinyl Factory and sold out on vinyl within 24 hours. In 2018, Garcia also featured on five of the nine tracks on WE OUT HERE, the Brownswood compilation project celebrating London’s young and exciting jazz scene. She won the Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year Award and the Sky Arts Breakthrough Act of the Year Award that same year, and took home the Jazz FM UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019.
Listen to “Pace” HERE
Garcia studied under pianist Nikki Yeoh at Camden Music, before joining Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens and completed her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. She is a member of the contemporary septet, Nerija, and has toured extensively internationally, playing venues and festivals across Latin America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States. Garcia’s reputation as a DJ is also burgeoning; she currently helms a hit radio residency on NTS.
Purchase SOURCE (Album) HERE
Nubya Garcia / SOURCE
- The Message Continues
- Source ft. Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright
- Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be
- Stand With Each Other ft. Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright
- Inner Game
- La cumbia me está llamando ft. La Perla
- Before Us: In Demerara & Caura ft. Ms MAURICE
- Boundless Beings ft. Akenya
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