Staff, 2022-08-29 02:00:00,
“Mothers In Jazz” is a new series, started by vocalist Nicky Schrire. 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 insight of the musicians interviewed for this series provides valuable emotional, philosophical and logistical information and support that is easily accessible to all. “Mothers In Jazz” shines a light on the very specific role of being both a mother and a performing jazz musician.
Vocalist Tutu Puoane hails from Pretoria, South Africa. She initially moved to Europe to study at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague. The multiple South African Music Award (SAMA) winner mixes African, European, and American traditions in her music and has collaborated with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Tineke Postma and Marcus Strickland.
Most recently, she performed with the WDR Big Band directed by John Clayton, and been the featured vocalist with the Metropole Orkest and Vince Mendoza for their Toots Thielemans tribute concert. She lives in Antwerp, Belgium with her husband, pianist Ewout Pierreux, and their two children, aged 14 and 9.
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