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Meet Nora Germain:I am a 22-year-old jazz violinist living in Los Angeles. My parents were classical violinists in the Madison Symphony in Madison, Wisconsin, so I was raised with classical music. When I was 16, I went to Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California and met bassist Marshall Hawkins. Right then I decided to pursue jazz. I love jazz music, which is swing, blues, and improvisation. My goal is to use creative expression to uplift the audience, so they feel free and fearless, and most of all, the presence of love.Instrument:ViolinTeachers and/or ...

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Nora Germain: Let It Rip!

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How good is your memory? Remember when the gold standard in jazz was that the music needs to swing?Good memory, eh? Remember jazz violin, that four-stringed instrument that was bowed and tucked under the musician's chin, not stood on end?Jazz violin is a tradition which has faded to such a degree that it's become necessary to invoke names of famous forebears to remind one that it ever existed. Challenge a listener to name a violinist besides the great Jean-Luc Ponty, and you're likely to get a blank stare. Yet there are giants who have been among ...



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