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American jazz violinist, songwriter and author Nora Germain has been playing the violin for over 20 years and performing professionally for the last decade. She studied at Idyllwild Arts Academy, The New School for Jazz in New York City, and University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. She currently lives in Los Angeles and performs regularly both in the United States and Europe as a singer and violinist. She has also performed and recorded with many of the world's greatest musical talents including Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Postmodern Jukebox (in videos with more than 5 million views), Sam Smith, Lewis Capaldi, Tommy Emmanuel CGP, John Altman, Jacob Collier, Martin Taylor MBE, JMSN, Jeff Goldblum, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many others

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Alright I Love You - Celebrating Lyricists Dorothy Parker and Carolyn Leigh

Read "Alright I Love You - Celebrating Lyricists Dorothy Parker and Carolyn Leigh" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates two legendary lyricists: Dorothy Parker in the first hour and Carolyn Leigh in the second. Other highlights include new releases from pianist Patricia Barber, harpist Brandee Younger and a special project by vocalist Sarah Partridge celebrating women of science plus birthday shoutouts to Fostina Dixon, Naomi Moon Siegel, Trudy Pitts, Cecile McLorin Salvant, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating Jazz Geminis Valaida Snow and Memphis Minnie Among Others

Read "Celebrating Jazz Geminis Valaida Snow and Memphis Minnie Among Others" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The first hour celebrates the birthdays of Valaida Snow, known as “Little Louis" and “Queen of the Trumpet," a nickname given to her by W.C. Handy — a virtuoso jazz entertainer who became an internationally celebrated talent. Also in the spotlight is Memphis Minnie, a blues guitarist, and songwriter married to Joe McCoy and later Ernest ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from the Steven Feifke Big Band, the Alpha Rhythm Kings, Nicki Parrott, Esperanza Spalding, Chien Chien Lu, Norah Jones and the Art of Time Ensemble with birthday shoutouts to Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, Connie Crothers, and Mary Ann McSweeney, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Here Is The Best Part - You Have a Jazz Heart

Read "Here Is The Best Part - You Have a Jazz Heart" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final August broadcast included new releases from saxophonists Houston Person and Roxy Coss, pianist Eliane Elias, and The Time Flies featuring Monika Herzig, with birthday shout outs to Dorothy Parker, Carolyn Leigh (pictured), Jimmy Rowles, Wayne Shorter, Mimi Fox and Linda May Han Oh, among others. Also a preview of who was playing in NYC ...

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Article: Genius Guide to Jazz

Jazz in 1's and 0's

Read "Jazz in 1's and 0's" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius


If one were to happen by the GeniusDome, providing you could navigate the gauntlet of traps and snares leading to the door and pass muster by my parakeet Al Neri, you'd be greeted warmly and welcomed into my inner sanctum. You'd notice a veritable forest of guitars, an inexplicable collection of hot sauces and Barbecue sauces, ...

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Article: Genius Guide to Jazz

Rising Stars: Wondrous Woman

Read "Rising Stars: Wondrous Woman" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius


For those of you who may not be aware, Your Own Personal Genius was once a fresh-faced music major at Mars Hill University in North Carolina. My principal instrument was euphonium (I also had a minor in trombone). Later, I left to study Jazz with Ellis Marsalis during his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Seven Women 2018 – Part IV

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part IV" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Proceeding unabated is women's conquering of jazz... As Is: Alan & Stacey Schulman Here's to Life Self Produced 2017 This husband-and-wife, full-ensemble recording, Here's to Life, is the sophomore effort following Alan and Stacey Schulman's duet debut, A Love Like Ours (Night, Night The Elephant Productions, 2015). The ...

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News: Career

Nora Germain Shares Advice, Inspiration For Artists

Nora Germain Shares Advice, Inspiration For Artists

In this interview Nora Germain, a seasoned violinist and veteran of the stage, shares her extensive DIY knowledge, particularly when it comes to the running a PledgeMusic campaign, as well as advice on cultivating a successful career in music in general. Guest post from PledgeMusic News Nora Germain is no stranger to the stage. The 25-year old ...

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News: Recording

Nora Germain: Little Dipper

Nora Germain: Little Dipper

By John Wesley Reed Jr. Nora Francesca Germain was born 1991 in jny: Madison, Wisconsin. Now based in jny: Los Angeles with a BA in Jazz Studies from USC Thornton School of Music, she was the first violinist alumna of the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Mentor and collaborator Marshall Hawkins, former bassist for Miles Davis and Shirley ...


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