Praised by All About Jazz for her “warm and supple instrument that serves as a dispensary of emotional power,” Nicky Schrire is an award-winning vocalist, composer and arranger whose adventurous spirit reflects her international upbringing. Born in London and raised in South Africa, after living in New York for five years she recently returned to live in London. Schrire graduated in 2011 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 then she has performed in New York (Jazz at Lincoln Centre), Boston (Scullers Jazz Club), Los Angeles (The Blue Whale), London (Royal Festival Hall), Dublin (National Concert Hall), and South Africa (Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival).
Her debut album Freedom Flight was hailed as “an auspicious (if under appreciated) debut” by JazzTime’s Christopher Loudon. Her sophomore release Space and Time featured duets with pianists Gerald Clayton, Gil Goldstein and Fabian Almazan. Described as “50 minutes of emotionally eventful, richly crafted music” by the Ottawa Citizen and “breathtaking, stop-you-in-your-tracks stuff…an intimate stunner” by All About Jazz, the album garnered comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Norma Winstone. This was followed by the 2014 release of her all-originals EP To The Spring, which further established her as a “voice of great originality” (London Jazz).
Jazz journalist Jon Garelick wrote, “though Schrire’s approach has earned her comparisons to Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, the similarities are superficial. Like Parlato, she’s an assured technician with a whole bag of impressive tricks. Like Stevens and, for that matter, Esperanza Spalding, she has an affinity for folk. But…she’s got her own thing, and it’s very much worth listening to.”