1st May | Fiddlers

If you’ve somehow managed to miss Nubya Garcia’s name, then I can only assume you aren’t keeping track of what’s happening in UK jazz. She and her equally talented pals in London have been creating a community of fearless young musicians, breaking down the boundaries of jazz in order to open up the family to new listeners. The ‘making-of’ documentary about Brownswood’s We Out Here album, on which Nubya appears on five tracks, is an insightful and spiritual slice of their freeing ideology.

As well as playing in outfits such as Steam Down, Nerija and Maisha, and having collaborated with the likes of Jazz FM-awarded Theon Cross and MOBO-awarded Moses Boyd, she’s bursting uncontrollably out of the scene and creating a solo space of her own too.

When I’ve caught her live in the past, she’s never failed to send powerful surges through me with her fiery woodwind sounds. She deservedly snapped up the Jazz FM’s ‘Best Newcomer Award’ last year and released When We Are. This self-released EP, following on from her debut, Nubya’s 5ive, exemplifies her style, which has exploded into a being of its own: experimental, fierce and omnipotent.

Expect Afro-Carribean, latin and hip-hop influences and wear breathable clothing. This isn’t ‘sit down and lounge’ kinda jazz; this is ‘get up and sweat’ kinda jazz.

See Nubya Garcia play ‘Hold’ live here: