“As one of the few female brass players at the forefront of contemporary jazz, Nubya Garcia is familiar with challenging expectations.” —Guardian
Over the last couple years, the jazz scene in London has been white hot. Nubya Garcia is right there at the heart of it. For starters, she contributed to five tracks on the flashpoint compilation We Out Here in 2018, compiled by ascendant tenor sax luminary Shabaka Hutchings. As the New York Times argued, though Hutchings has received much acclaim since then, “it’s time to make way for Nubya Garcia, the city’s other major voice on the instrument.” As a composer and bandleader, as well as collaborator with Theon Cross, Moses Boyd Exodus, and Sons of Kemet, Garcia is integral to this tight-knit UK community brazenly reengineering the DNA of the art form. She’s even crossed over to that other forward-thinking jazz Mecca soaking up all the ink, Chicago, where she’s worked with (past BDJF performer) Makaya McCraven. Garcia also has a burgeoning reputation as a DJ, honing her style under the tutelage of the jazz/dance producer Floating Points and bringing this mentality to her jazz stylings. Her playing—including her debut EP, Nubya’s 5ive, and her most recent project, When We Are—brings to mind the ’60s peak of Dexter Gordon, laced with gospel, neo-soul, and pulsing electronic touches.