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Nicky Schrire

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Nicky Schrire is a multitalented and inventive British-South African vocalist and composer based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has seen her likened to vocalists Joni Mitchell, Norma Winstone, and Esperanza Spalding with The Boston Globe’s Jon Garelick noting that “though her approach has earned her comparisons to Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, the similarities are superficial…she’s got her own thing, and it’s very much worth listening to.”

A graduate of the South African College of Music and New York’s Manhattan School of Music, she studied with Anthea Haupt, Peter Eldridge, Theo Bleckmann, and Dave Liebman. Schrire has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, London, Dublin and South Africa, with musicians including Ben Wendel, Gerald Clayton, Fabian Almazan, Nir Felder, and Taylor Eigsti. She released three critically acclaimed jazz albums-2012's "Freedom Flight", 2013's "Space and Time", and the 2014 EP "To The Spring"-which earned her comparisons to songwriters like Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Her duo album “Space & Time” featured Grammy-nominated pianists Gerald Clayton, Gil Goldstein and Fabian Almazan. The Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Hum described the recording as “fifty minutes of emotionally eventful, richly crafted music”.

Performance highlights include headlining the 2018 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, performing at Jazz at Lincoln Centre for Carnegie Hall’s Ubuntu Festival, performances in the UK at Royal Festival Hall and the Vortex, and having her composition ESCAPE: The Ingrid Jonker Suite programmed for the 2022 String Quartet Biennale in Amsterdam (sadly cancelled due to COVID).

Schrire was delighted to be awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant to record her new album "Nowhere Girl", to be released on 9 June 2023 on Anzic Records. Produced by Grammy-nominated producer Oded Lev-Ari, the album features a rhythm section comprising Canadian trio Myriad3 (Ernesto Cervini, Dan Fortin, Chris Donnelly), saxophonist Tara Davidson, guest vocalist Laila Biali, and Mozambican guitarist Julio Sigauque (Freshlyground).

As a journalist and broadcaster, Schrire was a contributing host and producer for Toronto’s JazzFM.91 station, creating and presenting the weekly segment "This Bright North" from 2021 to 2022. She has been a contributing journalist for LondonJazz News for over a decade, covering the 2014 Berlin Jazz Festival and starting the "Mothers In Jazz" series. 

Album

Nowhere Girl

Label: Anzic Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: 1. Nowhere Girl 3.15 (Schrire) 2. Traveler 3.52 (Schrire) 3. A Morning 4.31 (Schrire) 4. Closer To The Source 4.19 (Mseleku, Schrire) 5. This Train 4.09 (Schrire) 6. Father 5.18 (Schrire) 7. In Paris 4.05 (Schrire) 8. Heart Like A Wheel 5.26 (McGarrigle) 9. Love Is For The Birds 3.38 (Schrire) 10. Keep It Simple 3.58 (Schrire) 11. My Love 3.55 (Schrire)

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Holiday releases By Jae Sinnett, George Burton, Gregory Porter, Nicky Schrire, Aubrey Logan Plus A Celebration of Bob Dorough's Centennial

Read "Holiday releases By Jae Sinnett, George Burton, Gregory Porter, Nicky Schrire, Aubrey Logan Plus A Celebration of Bob Dorough's Centennial" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new music from Sarah L. King, with holiday releases from Jae Sinnett, George Burton, Gregory Porter, Nicky Schrire, Aubrey Logan, plus birthday shoutouts to Beegie Adair, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, with a special nod to Jazz Master Bob Dorough for his centennial. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Wished On The Moon - A Birthday Shoutout To Dorothy Parker Plus New Releases From Kris Davis, Don Braden, Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo

Read "I Wished On The Moon - A Birthday Shoutout To Dorothy Parker Plus New Releases From Kris Davis, Don Braden, Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo, Kris Davis Diatom Ribbons, Don Braden and Linda Purl, with birthday shoutouts to Dorothy Parker (I Wished On the Moon, How Am I To Know), Alice Coltrane, Vicki Burns, Nanny Assis, Mimi Fox, Nicky Schrire, Linda May Han Oh, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Including A Rare Live Recording Of Tubby Hayes From 1965

Read "New Releases Including A Rare Live Recording Of Tubby Hayes From 1965" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show music from Federico Solomiewicz, Dan Kurfirst, Glen Whitehead, Phil Venable, Barbara Thompson, Judge Schreber and Her Magic Band, Kaisa's Machine (Kaisa Mäensivu), Perforto, Nicky Schrire, Leandro Garcia, and the release of a new complete edition of a 1965 recording by Tubby Hayes.Playlist Show Intro 0:00 Federico Solomiewicz “Desde el sur" from ...

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Video

Nowhere Girl In-Studio Video

Featuring the music of Nicky Schrire
Duration: 3:26

"Nowhere Girl" is the title track of Nicky's newest album (and her first in ten years) out on Anzic Records now. Produced by Oded Lev-Ari, the record features a gathering of Canada's finest jazz musicians-drummer Ernesto Cervini, saxophonist Tara Davidson, pianist Chris Donnelly and bassist Dan Fortin. The music blurs the lines between jazz, folk and singer-songwriter genres. Filmed by Mitch Fillion at Canterbury Music Company and edited by Nicky Schrire.
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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases from Dee Daniels & Denzal Sinclaire, Orrin Evans, Noah Haidu, Roni Ben-Hur, Late June Birthdays & More

Read "New Releases from Dee Daniels & Denzal Sinclaire, Orrin Evans, Noah Haidu, Roni Ben-Hur, Late June Birthdays & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Dee Daniels & Denzal Sinclaire, Robin McKelle, Orrin Evans, Noah Haidu, Roni Ben-Hur, with a final single from Nicole Zuraitis, plus birthday shoutouts to bassist Amy Shook, pianist Arturo O'Farrill, harpist Carol Robbins and vocalist Gillian Margot among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Jazz Geminis and Farewell To Tina Turner

Read "New Releases, Jazz Geminis and Farewell To Tina Turner" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast pays tribute to the legendary Tina Turner, along with new releases from Nicky Schrire, Emilio Solla & Antonio Lizana, Tim Ray, Satoko Fujii, June Bisantz & Gordon Morrell, plus birthday shoutouts to Clora Bryant, Valaida Snow, Adison Evans, Samantha Boshnack, Mala Waldron, Yissy Garcia and Lynne Arriale, among others. Thanks for listening and please ...

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Article: Album Review

Nicky Schrire: Nowhere Girl

Read "Nowhere Girl" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The search for identity is a sine qua non of any artist's experience and development. But for a musician like Nicky Schrire, it goes much deeper than most. Born in London, raised in South Africa, studying and entering the professional ranks in New York and working back through her initial points of origin before relocating to ...

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Song of the Day

Traveler

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Label: Anzic Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 03:52


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