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  • Saturday, Nov 12th, 2022
    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
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BMO Room

Nicky Schrire (ON) she/her – Moderator
Jodi Proznick (BC) – Panelist
Laila Biali (ON) – Panelist
Kate Wyatt (QC) she/her – Panelist
Melissa Lauren (ON) – Panelist

Musician, journalist and broadcaster Nicky Schrire leads a panel discussion titled “Mothers In Jazz.” Through candid and insightful conversation, the session shines a light on the very specific role of being both a mother and a performing jazz musician. It also aims to offer insight, support and guidance for other working musicians with children, those contemplating parenthood, and for jazz industry figures who work with and hire musicians who are parents.

Nicky Schrire is a British-South African vocalist and composer based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has seen her likened to vocalists Joni Mitchell and Esperanza Spalding with The Boston Globe’s Jon Garelick noting that “though her approach has earned her comparisons to Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, the similarities are superficial. She’s got her own thing, and it’s very much worth listening to.” She has performed internationally including headlining the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, and performances at Jazz at Lincoln Centre in New York and at Royal Festival Hall in London. Her new album “Nowhere Girl” features Canadian musicians Ernesto Cervini, Dan Fortin, Chris Donnelly (collectively known as Myriad3), special guests Tara Davidson and Laila Biali, and Mozambican guitarist Julio Sigaque. It will be released in 2023.

Her work as a broadcaster and journalist has included producing and hosting duties at CBC Music/CBC Radio and Toronto’s Jazz.FM91 station, and interviewing musicians including Maria Schneider and Terence Blanchard for the podcast The Jazz Session. She has been a contributing writer for LondonJazz News for over a decade, covering the 2014 Berlin Jazz Festival and starting the interview series “Mothers In Jazz” in 2022. She is currently on faculty at the University of Toronto where she teaches vocalists in the Jazz Performance Program.


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