Nubya Garcia is an award-winning saxophonist and composer based in London. Her debut EP; NUBYA’s 5IVE (2017) was hailed as “exceptional” by The Vinyl Factory. Also, her second album titled WHEN WE ARE (2018) earned her critical acclaim, and the title track was named Best Song by National Public Radio.
In 2018, Garcia was featured on WE OUT HERE, a compilation that celebrates London’s new jazz scene. Also, she won the Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year Award, the Sky Arts Breakthrough Act of the Year Award in 2018, and the Jazz FM UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019.
Born and raised in north London, Garcia began her music education at Camden Music, before joining Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens, and completing her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.
She went on to perform in small gigs and impromptu jazz sessions around London and eventually headlined her own shows.
Garcia also performs as a member of several groups. She collectively founded the septet NÉRIJA, later joining MAISHA, a sextet fronted by Jake Long, and the THEON CROSS TRIO.
Since 2018, Garcia has been touring internationally, playing in venues across Europe, Australia, India, and the United States. Also, she has a burgeoning reputation as a DJ, with a hit radio residency on NTS, and a growing number of live sets played across Europe.