Nye Banfield is an artist hailing from the traditions of jazz music who capitalises on his raw creativity, taking the art-form into new sound-worlds. Raised in rural Leicestershire, Nye composes music that tells stories from his life and the people around him on the South East London jazz scene.
Influenced by 60s Blue Note artists and contemporary pillars of the scene, Nye draws inspiration from the likes of Wayne Shorter and Ambrose Akinmusire. Combining with a love for orchestral music, Nye concocts an audio-feast of anthemic melodies, menacing harmonies, and earth-moving grooves.
All Change EP (2018, featuring Dylan Jones of Ezra Collective) explored creative jazz improvisation driven by Nye’s deep admiration for modern African-American music. Akinmusire’s complete freedom of expression in 'A Rift in Decorum' and Kendrick Lamar’s approach to first person narrative in 'To Pimp A Butterfly' influences the EP both sonically and conceptually, giving the music a rich tapestry of perspectives.
Nye’s debut Album will be released in 2022, featuring Mark Kavuma (trumpeter and leader of The Banger Factory). The work builds upon Nye’s compositional approach to jazz music in a modern framework of group improvisation and expression.
With Rupert Cox on piano, Hamish Nockles-Moore on double bass and Ewan Moore on drums, Nye’s group create a gripping and intense live experience that is not to be missed.
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.