MOBO-NOMINATED performer Camilla George will headline The Old Market Tavern, Cardiff, next month.

The nominated saxophonist, composer and teacher is an established musician on the jazz circuit and is preparing to release her debut album.

A graduate from Trinity College of Music, having won the Archer scholarship for outstanding performance, George has studied with many jazz musicians including Jean Toussaint, Tony Kofi, Julian Siegel and Martin Speake.

Since 2004 she has been working with both Tomorrow’s Warriors and the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and, from 2009, the award winning band, Jazz Jamaica.

“It wasn’t until I joined Courtney Pine’s Venus Warriors and we played our debut gig at The Hideaway that I felt ready to lead my own band.

"That project inspired me and gave me the confidence I needed to branch out on my own,” George says.

The Camilla George Quartet (CGQ) was formed in 2014 with Sarah Tandy (piano), Daniel Casimir (bass) and Femi Koleoso (drums).

George’s love of fusing African and Western Music to make her own sound is demonstrated in Isang – a collection of tunes that pays homage to the jazz tradition with a modern edge. Pronounced I-S-A-NG (NG as in song), it is an old Efik/Ibibio word that means voyage and symbolises the CGQ’s musical journey.

George added: "Isang is an album about a journey of self discovery from my African and Caribbean roots through to jazz in its modern day forms.

"I was keen to explore different stylistic elements such as highlife, afrobeat, calypso and hip-hop.

"It's a project which wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for my amazing band whose musicianship is of the highest degree."

For more information about the performance to the March 1 show please ring The Old Market Tavern on 029 2037 1263.