Praised by All About Jazz for her “warm and supple instrument that serves as a dispensary of emotional power,” 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.
Since moving to New York, she has performed with her quartet at venues in the city such as the 92Y, The Kitano and 55Bar, and at Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club. She performed with her quintet at the 2012 Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival as well as leading successful debut performances in London (featuring pianist Nikki Iles) and Dublin (with the Phil Ware Trio).
A semi-finalist in the “Jazz Voices” Competition (Klaipeda, Lithuania), and a finalist in the “Voicingers International Vocal Jazz Competition” (Zory, Poland), Schrire’s “irrepressible style” (LondonJazz) makes her an in demand musician both as a bandleader and as a sideman. She lent her voice to New York drummer, Brian Adler’s “Helium Project”, which featured artists such as Kate McGarry, Dave Eggar and Ben Monder, and, most recently, Basak Yavuz’s debut album, which also features Dave Liebman, Richie Barshay and Peter Eldridge.
Her debut album, “Freedom Flight”, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim and landed on “Best Releases of 2012” lists from All About Jazz, Jazz History Online, Step Tempest and Popdose. Jason Crane (The Jazz Session) described the project as “an album by a talented, confident singer with a fresh approach and the voice to bring her ideas to life.” Crane also noted that “[Schrire’s] debut recording [is filled] with moments that remind us of the power of the human voice and its ability to tell a story.”
Schrire’s second release, “Space And Time”, features duets with pianists Fabian Almazan, Gerald Clayton and Gil Goldstein. Produced by Matt Pierson, the album will be released on Magenta Records in August 2013.