Camilla George

CANTERBURY Gulbenkian
University of Kent Canterbury Kent
CT2 7NB

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A graduate from Trinity College of Music, Camilla George has studied with many jazz greats such as Jean Toussaint, Tony Kofi, Christian Brewer, Julian Siegel and Martin Speake. She has worked with Tomorrow’s Warriors, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica and Courtney Pine’s Venus Warriors. She formed her quartet in 2014. Their EP, Lunacity, was well received by fans and musicians alike.

Camilla’s love of fusing African and Western Music to make her own unique style is a key reason why she is a firm fixture on the new London Jazz scene alongside peers such as Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings and Zara McFarlane. Her music is a hypnotizing blend of Afrofuturism, hip hop and jazz. Camilla’s music is politically minded and heavily linked with African history and slavery in particular. Her latest album looks at tales that slaves passed onto their children through generations and, whilst full of sorrow, is essentially a story of hope for black people and mankind that we can one day live together in harmony.

The band has gigged solidly being fortunate to support Courtney Pine’s album launch featuring Omar at The Barbican as well as performing at Love Supreme (where Camilla took part in a panel discussion with Kamasi Washington) and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. They also supported Dee Dee Bridgewater at The Cadogan Hall for the 2017 London Jazz festival who was so impressed she remarked, 'The world is safe because we have Camilla!' As part of the EFG London Jazz festival Camilla performed at the Purcell room which was described by Jazz Journal as 'A truly memorable concert…Jazz superstars in the making' with the London Jazz Review speaking of  “the mature and imaginative compositions combined with some sublime saxophone solos” .

Also as part of the EFG London Jazz festival Camilla performed at Kings Place to a very appreciative audience, a show that was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. 

In addition, Camilla has been nominated for an Urban Music Award for Best Jazz artist in 2017 and 2018 as well as being nominated for a Jazz FM award for Best Instrumentalist 2019