Nora Bite is a guitarist/composer/guitar teacher living in the city of London.
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. Nora studied jazz guitar at Riga Dom Choire school in Riga, Latvia (2004), & has taken part in different International workshops 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, but now she leads her own trio presenting her original material which veers away from traditional jazz. It is sometimes groove based, but she also uses more of a ‘free’ sound that can be bass-line orientated in concept.
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 also with her own trio. One of the famous names she had the opportunity to play with is Amy Winehouse.
Nora has toured professionally around Latvia as well as other counties such as USA (Boston), Egypt, Estonia, Lithuania, Portugal, Italy, Spain and Belgium with different bands and projects.
Currently (since 2013) she is running a regular weekly jazz jam in Hoxton, London, in a cafe/bar called Troyganic every Saturday, where Nora starts off with her trio playing original compositions (contemporary modern jazz), and then continues with a jazz jam until late. She is also playing with various bands and singers, including other styles – such as Brazilian, African , world music.