Bay Area-based Saxophonist and Composer with influences ranging from Jazz and Afro-Cuban to Hip-Hop and Funk.
Nora Stanley was raised in San Francisco, California where she was exposed to a variety of different kinds of music which fueled her passion to pursue the saxophone and explore improvisation and composition. Nora attended Berkeley High School’s jazz program and augmented her studies at summer programs such as Stanford Jazz Residency and Centrum Jazz Workshop. She also took part in conglomerate bands such as the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Jazzschool and the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco where she was mentored by John Calloway. In 2014 Nora joined Oberlin Conservatory as a double degree student and studied with Gary Bartz, Dan Wall, Bobby Ferrazza, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart. In 2017 she took part in the School for Improvisational Music workshop in New York, studying with Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Kris Davis and Drew Gress. She has had the honor of sharing the stage with such greats as Eddie Henderson, Dayna Stephens, Ambrose Akinmusire and Cucho Valdes and has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s, and SFJAZZ. Nora has also studied and performed abroad in Spain, Cuba and Brazil, participating in masterclasses with musical pioneers and innovators.