Nora Bite is a jazz guitarist, educator and composer from Latvia, based in London. She has been a guitarist for 20+ years, and has been a part of 100+ bands and projects in Latvia, the UK, Portugal, Italy, Boston (USA), Spain, Belgium, Egypt, Spain, Lithuania and Estonia. She has been an active member of the London jazz community since 2010, running one of the best weekly jazz jams for 4 years, composing and playing modern jazz, working as a session musician as well as serving a global music community on instagram with 20k following . One of the many musicians she has had an opportunity to share a stage with was the great, late Amy Winehouse.
She has a knowledge of many musical styles – studying each of them for a while. Flamenco rhythms, Blues, Blues-rock, Funk, Soul, Groove, Pop, Rock, African and world music, modern jazz, standard jazz, avant-garde.. She is also occasionally being booked as a bass player.
Her composing has many influences from world music and avant-garde as well as knowledge of jazz language and the grooves.
Noras music ( musical thinking & concepts ) has been compared with Ben Monder, Bill Frisell & Miles Davis.
Some of the musical concepts of Nora Bite trio are the use of space, creative, experimental and playful sound, lines are influenced by each of the musicians in the trio. Noras biggest influences for the trio sound is Gerald Clayton trio, Danilo Perez ( with Brian Blade and John Patituci ), Herbie Hancock trio ( Ron Carter and Tony Williams).
Few of the very favourite musicians of all time are Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.
Nora Bite is a guitarist and composer living in the city of London, United Kingdom.
She started playing guitar in her native country Latvia and composed her first song at the age of 8. Later in her teenage years she played various different styles such as Rock, Funk, Blues, Classical and Flamenco, and then later moved into the jazz field. At first she had piano lessons then later quite a few guitar teachers which involved a couple years of focused flamenco guitar lessons. And later she decided to get more serious about jazz. First gigs she was doing was solo guitar gigs at restaurants in Latvia. At the time Nora was playing a repertoire of jazz arrangements of tunes for solo finger style guitar ( Joe Pass etc.) and flamenco pieces ( around year 2002) . Nora studied jazz guitar at Riga Dom Choire school in Riga, Latvia (2004), & has taken part in different International workshops in later years such as the Berklee Summer School hosted in Italy and Jerry Bergonzi’s world-renowned workshops held in Spain.
Back in Latvia she was leading her own quartet and playing in many other projects, including big bands. She was also giving workshops in ”Madona Guitar sessions”, that happens every year in the Latvian town Madona . Nora was also involved in jazz management organizations, organizing international jazz events in Riga, Latvia.
But then she moved to London to continue her musical journey.
Nora has been playing jazz standards, (by such artists as: Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk & many others), around London since 2010.
She has played in most of the important jazz clubs in London, such as “Ronnie Scotts”, “Vortex”, “606”, “Charlie Wrights” and others together with various artists and as well as a leader of multiple jazz projects. One of the names she had the opportunity to share a stage with is Amy Winehouse.
Nora has toured professionally around Latvia (until year 2010) as well as other countries such as USA (Boston), Egypt, Estonia, Lithuania, Portugal, Italy, Spain and Belgium with different bands and projects.
For 4 years ( 2013-2017) Nora was running a regular weekly jazz jam in Hoxton, London, in a cafe/bar called Troyganic where guitarist also played her compositions (contemporary/modern jazz) with Nora Bite trio ( guitar, double bass, drums).