Hang out with jazz beat connoisseur Nubya Garcia

Meet one of the key players in London’s resurgent jazz scene in an exclusive See. Hear. Now. set.
By Bella Todd

You may have spotted this week’s featured See. Hear. Now. artist in the background of another recent session. London-based saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia has played with everyone from Jungle producer Congo Natty to frenzied post-punks Melt Yourself Down and experimental jazz favourites Polar Bear – including, for her recent RedBull.com set, neo-soul singer Poppy Ajudha. Oh and that's her playing bass clarinet on Moses Boyd's latest album, too.

A key player in the resurgent London jazz scene, Garcia was raised by Caribbean parents in a highly musical family, and played with the local Camden Music Service before making it onto the Royal Academy Junior Jazz course. She recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and is nominated for Breakthrough Act of the Year at this month's Jazz FM Awards.

But, as you may have gathered from her rich array of collaborators, the young modal jazz fan is also a connoisseur of beats. Launching next month at London's Jazz Café, her first solo project, Nubya 5ive, aims to explore the common ground between progressive jazz and hip hop. You can get some idea of their sound with this session, in which the outfit play Fly Free and Lost Kingdoms. But you never quite know what grooves Garcia's sax will be swirling around next.

Get to know Nubya Garcia a little better and check out exclusive performances of Fly Free (from 01m 55s) and Lost Kingdoms (11m 40s) in the player above.

Rising London-based jazz artist Nubya Garcia performs exclusively for RedBull.com
Nubya Garcia performs exclusively for RedBull.com © Greg Barnes / RedBull.com

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