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.
Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, Schrire performed with artists such as Arno Carstens, Judith Sephuma, Sibongile Khumalo and Abdullah Ibrahim. Since moving to New York, she has performed her music in New York (55Bar, the Kitano), Boston (Scullers Jazz Club), Los Angeles (The Blue Whale), London (The Forge), Dublin (National Concert Hall), and South Africa (Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival). Often praised for her choice of repertoire, Hardbop Jazz Journal described her as “clever and understated” while the Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Hum noted that “while [Schrire’s] esthetic may be free and unbounded, her music is anything but casual.”
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. Schrire’s sophomore 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 through eOne Distribution in September 2013.