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Nicky Schrire

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Lauded for her "fresh and original” approach to music (Cape Town Live), Nicky Schrire is a vocalist, composer and arranger whose adventurous spirit reflects her international upbringing. London-born, South African-raised and now based in NYC, Schrire graduated from the Manhattan School of Music where she earned a Masters of Music Degree under the tutelage of Peter Eldridge, Theo Bleckmann and Dave Liebman. She has attended master classes with Kurt Elling and Sheila Jordan, and has received private tutelage from Dominique Eade, Gretchen Parlato, Kate McGarry, Jo Lawry, Norma Winstone and Ralph Alessi

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Article: Interview

Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture

Read "Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


If there's a defining trait to be found in the value system guiding guitarist Matt Davis and his music, it's most definitely a healthy respect and admiration for kith and kin. A love of community and belonging drives nearly every aspect of this artist's life, including his flagship ensemble, Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, and it speaks ...

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Article: Interview

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

Read "Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself" reviewed by Seton Hawkins


To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...

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Article: Album Review

Ashley Daneman: Beauty Indestructible

Read "Beauty Indestructible" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The most important thing that singers/educators Kate McGarry and Theo Bleckmann impart to their students is the direction to define his or her own vocal trajectory. The lesson was readily honored by Nicky Schrire on her Space and Time (Magenta Label Group, 2013). Vocalist Ashley Daneman also took that message to heart after her study with ...

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To The Spring

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Traveler; Your Love; To The Spring; Fall Apart; Father; Give It Away.

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Article: Live Review

Abdullah Ibrahim at Zankel Hall

Read "Abdullah Ibrahim at Zankel Hall" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Abdullah Ibrahim Zankel Hall Ubuntu: Music And Arts Of South Africa New York, NY October 17, 2014 Ubuntu. It's one little six-letter word that carries a world of meaning within its frame. The term itself, roughly translated to mean “I am because you are," took root as a philosophy ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Jazz Vocals April

Read "Jazz Vocals April" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Writer's note: Music writing is an avocation. It is not what I do for a living. It exists as that undertaking I do for the satisfaction of possibly educating others about this single essential art. But the reality is I have less and less time to write. As a result, I am limiting my writing to ...

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Article: Interview

Nicky Schrire: On Songs, Spaces And Places

Read "Nicky Schrire: On Songs, Spaces And Places" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


What defines power? That's a tough question to answer in general, and an even harder one to figure out when it comes to the world of music. For in music, a whisper may carry greater weight than a roar, an honest gesture can outdo a demonstration of brute strength and technique, and a direct message to ...

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Article: Album Review

Nicky Schrire: To The Spring

Read "To The Spring" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


It's brief--barely 30 minutes long--and released only in digital form, but To The Spring packs plenty into its allotted time span. This is the third release from singer and songwriter Nicky Schrire. It's another excellent release, her voice framed by the sparse but sympathetic piano and bass of Fabian Almazan and Desmond White. Schrire's ...

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Article: Live Review

Nicky Schrire Quartet at Raphael Vineyard

Read "Nicky Schrire Quartet at Raphael Vineyard" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Nicky Schrire Quartet Raphael Vineyard Long Island Winterfest Peconic, NY February 22, 2014 Long Island Winterfest, which puts musical acts in wineries for six straight weekends during the bleak midwinter, is a boon to the economy and cultural atmosphere of the East End. It truly helps to drum up ...


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