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Gilles Peterson to host first official UK jazz showcase at Winter Jazzfest in New York City featuring Nubya Garcia, Oscar Jerome, The Comet Is Coming and Yazz Ahmed.

·       Gilles Peterson hosts the first PRS Foundation and BBC Music Introducing showcase at Winter Jazzfest in New York.

·       Four talented UK artists are being supported to perform at the industry showcase

PRS Foundation and BBC Music Introducing  are proud to present the best of young UK talent in their first showcase at Winter Jazzfest 2018 in New York City, USA hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music presenter, innovator and founder of Brownswood Recordings, Gilles Peterson.

A vibrant new UK jazz scene is thriving and in ascendance, fuelled by experimentation and grass root innovation. This is reflected by an eclectic line up of UK jazz artists at the international showcase: Nubya Garcia, Oscar Jerome,  The Comet Is Coming and Yazz Ahmed.

Saxophonist, composer and winner of Breakthrough Act of the Year at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards Nubya Garcia presents a thrilling brand of afro-tinged groove-based modal jazz. South London newcomer and Glastonbury Emerging Talent finalist, Oscar Jerome will showcase his deft skills as a vocalist and guitarist merging classic timeless sounds with a forward-thinking energy and lyricism. Mercury nominated cosmic psych-jazz heroes The Comet Is Coming have built somewhat of a cult following on the UK live circuit, promise a high octane performance in the spirit of space jazz behemoth Sun Ra.
From trumpet soloist and composer Yazz Ahmed, Winter Jazz fans can expect an exuberant and inventive show that boldly pushes the boundaries of jazz with a psychedelic exploration of Arabic jazz.

The showcase will take place at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street on Wednesday 10 January 2018 with the doors opening at 6.00pm.

This will be the first time the PRS Foundation and BBC Music Introducing showcase has taken place

at Winter Jazzfest, the annual New York home to exciting and forward-thinking contemporary jazz music being made today.

Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter said:

“I’m honoured and excited to bringing some of the most innovative young artists coming out of the fascinating UK scene to the spiritual home of jazz - New York”

Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation said:

“The UK jazz scene is on fire right now with exceptional young artists being recognised internationally whether at SXSW or Montreal Jazz Festival. New York’s Winter Jazzfest provided a crucial launchpad into US markets for Go Go Penguin and Shabaka and the Ancestors in recent years. Presenting a showcase of more UK artists at Winter Jazzfest is something that’s been waiting to happen and I’m proud that PRS Foundation spotted this and made it possible in collaboration with BBC Introducing, Gilles Peterson and our new partners at Winter Jazzfest. I can’t wait to see how Nubya, Oscar and Yazz use this to build their careers in the states.”

Winter JazzFest takes place from 10–17 January 2017 and you can find out more details at:

Since 2015, BBC Music Introducing and PRS Foundation have been working together to support and create a platform for the UK’s most talented artists to showcase at overseas music industry events.  So far more than 20 artists have been supported and performed at these joint showcases, including Billie Marten, Clean Cut Kid, Elf Kid, Estrons, Folly Rae, Frances, Georgia, Ider, Idles, Jack Garratt, Leo Kalyan, Lil Simz, Malaika, Mammal Hands, Mirror Signal, Nilufer Yanya, Peter Edwards Trio, Spring King, The Big Moon and Vaults.


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Abigail Johnson, Publicity, BBC Music Introducing



Notes to Editors

Short Artist Biogs

Nubya Garcia

London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia is a star in the making. Her brand of afro-tinged jazz has made her a key component in a string of new and established groups: from work with MOBO Award-winning drummer, Moses Boyd, legendary Jungle producer and toaster, Congo Natty, through to her own works as part of six-piece, Maisha, and the Nérija septet. Her sold out debut album Nubya’s 5ive created quite a stir in the capital, earning her Breakthrough Act of the Year at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards.

“A winning excursion into groove-based modal jazz, alighting on similar territory to Kamasi Washington but approaching it with less bombast, and giving it a London accent” The Quietus

"One of the ringleaders in an exciting new generation of jazz musicians in London" Stamp The Wax

Listen to Nubya Garcia 5ive album release on Jazz Re:freshed

Oscar Jerome

Oscar Jerome combines soulful strains with contemporary electronica and organic instrumentation. Citing diverse influences from Gil Scott Heron, John Martyn to Ebo Taylor and Jay Dilla, he effortlessly merges classic timeless sounds with a forward-thinking energy and songwriting. A finalist in Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent competition 2017, Oscar has since played a string of sold out UK shows, and looks forward to stellar year ahead - a certified one to watch.

“A special track by a special artist, the kind of song you remember where you were the first time you heard it” - Gilles Peterson (on the single “Subdued”)

"One of our favorite upcoming artists...the uptempo track highlights Jerome’s skills on the guitar as well as his deft way with lyricism" Hypebeast

Listen to Oscar Jerome Oscar Jerome EP

The Comet Is Coming

The three piece cosmic psych-jazz outfit behind the most audacious Mercury nomination of 2016 pay homage to space jazz behemoth Sun Ra. Shabaka Hutchings (saxophone) Max Hallett (drums) and Dan Leavers (synths) meld jazz, cosmic funk and tribal dance into new free flowing forms. Their album Channel The Spirits was critically acclaimed with end of year recognition in MOJO, Uncut, The Quietus, and The Line Of Best Fit. Live, the band have built a cult following for their high octane performances that are nothing short of exhilarating.

"How the sons of Sun Ra are taking jazz to the outer limits...powered by Arkestral cosmic forces, The Comet Is Coming. Brace for impact" The Guardian

“A raucous mix of ska, dance and electronica with rhythmic bleeps and chunky beats” FT
Listen to The Comet is Coming Channel The Spirits album release on The Leaf Label

Yazz Ahmed

Intrepid trumpet soloist and composer Yazz Ahmed has played with a variety of trailblazers from Radiohead to Lee Scratch Perry and These New Puritans. Her second album sees her boldly pushing the boundaries of jazz with a psychedelic exploration of Arabic jazz, drawing on her Bahraini heritage. Exuberant and inventive, this is a show not to be missed.

"Futuristic jazz with Arabic scales" 4/5 Guardian

Listen to Yazz Ahmed La Saboteuse album release on Naim Records

About PRS Foundation

PRS Foundation is the UK's leading funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £26.5 million to over 5,750 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas.

About BBC Music Introducing

Since its launch in 2007, BBC Music Introducing has been dedicated to discovering and supporting new music. BBC Music Introducing artists have gone on to release 14 UK No.1 singles, 52 UK Top 10 singles, 29 UK No. 1 albums and 72 UK Top 10 albums between them. There are now over490,000 tracks – over 3 years-worth of music - uploaded to the BBC Music Introducing website and 195,000 artists are registered. Each BBC regional radio station across the country has a BBC Music Introducing programme dedicated to finding local talent and these musicians are propelled onto the national stage through BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music, Radio 3, Asian Network and World Service. BBC Music Introducing also provides up-and-coming artists with broadcast opportunities on television and online, as well as the chance to perform at major festivals and showcases. 58% of the acts performing at Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2017 initially uploaded their music to the BBC Music Introducing Uploader and BBC Music Introducing has brought over 1380 acts to over 94 different stages over the past 10 years.

Previous artists that have performed at BBC Music and PRS Foundation showcase include Billie Marten, Clean Cut Kid, Elf Kid, Folly Rae, Frances, Georgia, Jack Garratt, Leo Kalyan, Lil Simz, Malaika, Mammal Hands, Mirror Signal, Peter Edwards Trio, Spring King, The Big Moon and Vaults.

About BBC Music

BBC Music, led by Bob Shennan, Director of Radio and Music, is the corporation’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years – comprising of new partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives, which includes Ten Pieces, the classical music initiative for schools, and BBC Music Day. Programmes this Autumn include Sounds Like Friday Night, a brand new six part music show for BBC One broadcast each Friday at 7.30pm, produced by the award-winning independent production company Fulwell 73.  Radio 2 In Concert presented Tears for Fears, CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers, Liam Gallagher and Paloma Faith and Deep Purple, with all performances on Radio 2 and in vision on BBC Red Button, produced by BBC Studios.  BBC One presented Children in Need Rocks the 80s!, Harry Styles at the BBC,  Sam Smith at the BBC, and U2 at the BBC will air on December 19th, which follow the acclaimed Adele at the BBC and Michael Bublé at the BBC.  Gregory Porter's Popular Voices, a new three part series, kicked off this month on BBC Four; and The Year In Music 2017, a one hour special for BBC Two on Friday 8 December at 9pm, hosted by Claudia Winkleman with guest presenter Clara Amfo, which will feature this year’s BBC Music Awards. In May 2018, BBC Music presents The Biggest Weekend - a music festival with all the BBC’s music stations for over 175 000 people, taking place across four sites, in four nations, over four days celebrating the range and diversity of music supported by the BBC.

About Winter JazzFest

NYC Winter Jazzfest was conceived as an event to showcase the latest and most cutting edge of jazz acts during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference. Founded by New York concert impresario Brice Rosenbloom, the festival has become the definitive jazz event of the Winter season, offering a "state of the union" for jazz and its many stylistic camps from hot jazz, Latin jazz, straight-ahead, post-bop, to jazz-funk, fusion avant-garde and more. Hardcore fans, industry members, critics and novice listeners alike get a chance to sample virtually every flavor the jazz world has to offer. Attendees regularly travel from other states and countries to attend the festival. It's truly a destination event. Inherent to the tradition of jazz as protest music, Winter Jazzfest strives to support and highlight artists who create music with relevant messages of social justice and positive change. In 2018, the festival is expected to grow to an estimated 10,000 audience members in attendance.  Praised by New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR and others, the festival year-on-year continues to grow at a rapid pace, from its original one-day single-location program, to a 2018 master plan that puts over 120 groups comprising over 500+ artists on 13 stages over 8 nights, throughout Downtown Manhattan.  In 2015, the festival was voted “#1 Jazz Festival in North America” by JazzTimes, and has become a pivotal destination for arts leaders and cultural cognoscenti who visit the city early in the year.  


Gilles Peterson to host first official UK jazz showcase at Winter Jazzfest in New York City featuring Nubya Garcia, Oscar Jerome, The Comet Is Coming and Yazz Ahmed.

PRS Foundation & BBC Introducing at Winter Jazzfest 2018
05 December 2017