Nubya Garcia lines up for Steve Reid Innovation showcase – video preview


This year's edition of the Steve Reid Innovation showcase will take place on 12 September at Omeara, London SE1, and includes rising star saxophonist Nubya Garcia (above) who is gaining recognition for her work with her own 5tet, all-female septet Nérija, spiritual jazz ensemble Maisha and her high-energy hook up with tuba titan Theon Cross.

Other artists appearing at the showcase are flautist/singer/producer Ola Szmidt, singer songwriter John Elliott aka The Little Unsaid and emergent jazz drummer Femi Koleoso. The Steve Reid Foundation was set up by DJ/broadcaster Gilles Peterson after he witnessed late great drummer, Reid, suffering in terrible poverty after he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009.

The Steve Reid Innovation Fund is run by PRS Foundation and the Steve Reid Foundation, and offers "vital support to unsigned artists pushing musical boundaries", with each artist appearing at the showcase receiving development bursaries and mentoring from the Foundation.

– Mike Flynn

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Watch Nubya Garcia perform a unique duo jam with keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones