Nye Banfield is an ambitious jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader originally from Leicestershire and now based in South East London. A recent graduate from Trinity Laban, he takes influence from the great Blue Note records of the 60s, as well as orchestral music in particular by Vaughan Williams; and current music from James Blake, Damon Albarn and Kendrick Lamar. He combines aspects of each of their music, while maintaining a completely original style in his own writing and improvising to create a distinctive and contemporary sound.
Nye recorded, produced, mixed and self released his debut EP ‘All Change’ in October 2018. It combines traditional jazz elements with more current grooves and harmonies to create an exciting sound which Headfirst Bristol wrote “reveal a smart and original composer who knows both the roots of modern jazz and where he intends to take his own music”. The record consists of 5 of Nye's original compositions featuring Dylan Jones of Ezra Collective on trumpet, Ewan Moore on drums, Michael Shrimpling on double bass and Tom Morley on piano.
As well as releasing music under his own name, Nye has also recorded with up and coming singer Tara Lily, featuring on a song alongside trumpeter Dylan Jones, drummer Femi Koleoso and produced by Jammer of BBK. He has also worked with hiphop group 'nine8 collective’ appearing on the Bone Chilled Milk EP.
Recent performances of Nye’s include The Vortex, The Jazz Cafe in Camden, The Verdict in Brighton, Pizza Express Soho and Peggy’s Skylight in Nottingham.