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The always-distinguished Germaine Bazzle reigns as one of the true legends of New Orleans jazz. Bazzle’s unparalleled artistry as a vocalist is perhaps one of New Orleans’ best kept secrets. Her command of tone and melody coupled with her brilliance in the manipulation of her own vocal timbre during a solo are nothing short of spectacular, but her true gift is her ability to render a lyric. She is one of New Orleans' most accomplished musicians — a musician whose instrument of choice is her voice.
Influenced by the greats like Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billy Eckstein, her repertoire is one of classic jazz, American popular songs, show tunes, and the music of Duke Ellington.
Typically referred to as New Orleans’ “First Lady of Jazz,” Bazzle is also a respected music instructor. She has exercised
a profound effect on youngsters in Southeast Louisiana as a teacher, through a dozen years in Thibodeaux and an even longer tenure at Xavier Prep in New Orleans.
Many critics agree that if it weren’t for her dedication to teaching, this uniquely gifted individual would be enjoying international acclaim as a musician.
Her discography has her included on the compilation “New New Orleans Music: Vocal Jazz” and her live document, “Standing Ovation." Her most recent recordings include “It’s Magic” and “Swingin’ at Snug,” both of which feature her regularly performing trio of pianist Larry Sieberth, bassist Peter Harris, and drummer Simon Lott.
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