RADIO & JOURNALISM
Nicky has over a decade of experience as a journalist, and five years of radio broadcasting, producing and programming under her belt. Her skills as a musician and composer allow her to talk and write about music from various genres with both knowledge and an utter adoration for the art form in her trademark vivacious, witty and inclusive style.
"Mothers In Jazz" on LondonJazz News
“Mothers In Jazz” is a new conversation series started by vocalist Nicky Schrire and published by LondonJazz News. The initiative aims to create an online resource for working jazz musicians with children, those contemplating parenthood, and jazz industry figures who work with and hire musicians who are parents.
The series launched on 1 August 2022 and, thus far, includes interviews with German pianist Julia Hülsmann, American vocalist Jane Monheit, Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma, South African/Belgian vocalist Tutu Puoane, Canadian saxophonist Christine Jensen, Spanish trumpeter Andrea Motis, and many more.
The first "Mothers In Jazz" panel was presented at JazzYYC's "Tune In-Tune Up" Conference as part of Canadian Jazz Festival in Calgary, Alberta on 12 November 2022. Nicky moderated a panel comprising panelists Laila Biali, Jodi Proznick, Kate Wyatt and Melissa Lauren.
Read all published interviews in the series here: "MOTHERS IN JAZZ" on LondonJazz News
Read the preview here: "MOTHERS IN JAZZ" Preview on LondonJazz News
The Jazz Session Podcast - Host & Producer
In August 2021, Nicky took over hosting and producing duties for the 14th season of the podcast, The Jazz Session. The first and oldest jazz interview podcast (created by Jason Crane in 2007), the show features in-depth conversations with jazz musicians, focusing on their music and their lives.
Season 14 guests included Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, Miho Hazama, Michael Mayo, Artemis, Emile Parisien, Gretchen Parlato, and Mandisi Dyantyis.
Season 14 labels represented included ECM Records, ACT Music, Edition Records, Universal Music, Sony France, Sunnyside, and Anzic Records.
During her hosting/producing tenure, Nicky also started a spin-off series called "The Insider", which saw her interview jazz industry experts about the nuts and bolts of the business. Guests included manager Gail Boyd, publicist Lydia Liebman, Edition Records CEO Dave Stapleton, jazz journalist Gwen Ansell, booking agent Mike Epstein, and more.
Listen to the podcast here
JazzFM.91 - Segment Presenter & Producer
Nicky first ventured into broadcasting in 2017 as a presenter on Cape Town's Fine Music Radio 101.3. Initially compiling and presenting contemporary classical chamber works for "Collage", she was later given a weekly 2-hour programme on the station, which she named "Stepping Out". On air for a year, the show celebrated the magic of film scores, folk songs, jazz, classical and world music, and was encapsulated by the tagline: Experience the joy of music that moves you.
From May 2021 till May 2022, Nicky produced and hosted a segment for Toronto's JazzFM91 Station focusing on Canadian jazz musicians. Airing during Brad Barker's Afternoon Drive show, "This Bright North" allowed Nicky to share her recent Canadian musical discoveries with listeners in a short, sharp 3 minute offering. You can visit the show's page on JazzFM91's website, here.
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