Germaine Bazzle

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Germaine Bazzle
Germaine Bazzle W George French at Algiers Riverfront Fest.jpg
Germaine Bazzle 2009
Background information
Born (1932-06-28) June 28, 1932 (age 86)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Genres Jazz
Instruments Singing
Associated acts Red Tyler, Peter "Chuck" Badie, Victor Goines, George French, Ellis Marsalis, Emile Vinnette, Larry Siebert, David Torkanowsky, Johnny Adams, Germaine Bazzle & Friends

Germaine Bazzle (born March 28, 1932) is a jazz vocalist from New Orleans.


Bazzle was born in New Orleans in 1932[1] and is from the Seventh Ward.[2] She grew up in a musical family and began playing the piano by ear at a young age. Her formal musical education began at the age of twelve at the Xavier Junior School of Music.[3] Her musical influences include Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billy Eckstein.[4]


After graduating from the Xavier University of Louisiana Bazzle worked as a teacher, including as choir and music appreciation at Xavier Prep.[5] She retired from teaching in 2008.[3]

Since graduating from university Bazzle has been a performing musician. She has collaborated and performed with Red Tyler, Peter "Chuck" Badie, Victor Goines, George French, Ellis Marsalis, Emile Vinnette, Larry Siebert, and David Torkanowsky, along with their band Germaine Bazzle & Friends.[5] She sang regularly with the Saint Louis Catholic Choir[2] and The New World Ensemble. She has performed in New Orleans night clubs for over twenty years.[6]

Bazzle is a supporter and faculty member of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp.[7][8]


Between 1985–1997 she participated in ten recording sessions as a vocalist and backing vocalist.[9]


Year Title Record label Notes
1996 Standing Ovation AFO Records
2018 Swingin’ At Snug Independent

Guest appearances and collaborations[edit]

Year Title Artist Record lable Notes
1962 Ya! Ya! Lee Dorsey Hoo Doo Records Composer, "Lonely Evening"
1963 The Boss of the Blues Charles Brown Mainstream/Legacy Composer
1985 Lost in the Stars: the Music of Kurt Weill Various artists A&M Vocals (background)
1985 Heritage Alvin "Red" Tyler with Johnny Adams and Germaine Bazzle Rounder Records
1988 The New New Orleans Music: Vocal Jazz Various artists Rounder Records Alvin "Red" Tyler, Germaine Bazzle & Friends, Lady BJ & the Ellis Marsalis Quartet
1994 Still Spicy Gumbo Stew Various artists AFO Records Composer
1994 Joe Cool's Blues Ellis Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis Columbia Vocals
1996 The Grand Encounter Dianne Reeves Blue Note Vocals
1996 Mood Indigo The New Orleans C.A.C. Jazz Orchestra Rounder Records with Johnny Adams, Germaine Bazzle, and George French
1998 The B-3 and Me Davell Crawford Bullseye Blues Guest artist, vocals
1988 Modern New Orleans Masters Various artists Rounder Records Primary artist, vocals, "A Foggy Day"
1999 Since I Fell For You Charles Brown Garland Composer
2002 Reflections Louis Ford Louis Ford Featured artist
2016 New Orleans Ladies Of Jazz & Music Alive Ensemble – I Saw Three Ships Various artists Independent (2016), Independent, with Stephanie Jordan, Leah Chase


In 2015, Bazzle received OffBeat's Lifetime Achievement in Music Education award. Offbeat also awarded her two Best of the Beat awards, Best Contemporary Jazz Vocalist in 1996 and Best Female Vocalist in 1997.[3] In 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1994 she received the Big Easy Music Award for Best Female Performer.[10]


  1. ^ "On This Day in Louisiana Music History - March". Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Germaine Bazzle, New Orleans' "First Lady of Jazz"". French Quarterly Magazine. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: Germaine Bazzle". OffBeat Magazine. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "Germaine Bazzle". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Women's History Month: A Salute to New Orleans Women in Jazz". Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "Germaine Bazzle". Nathaniel Turner. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "2017 Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp Sponsors & Supporters". Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Jazz Camp. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "NOLA Kids Learn to Swing at This Year's 'Satchmo' Summer Jazz Camp". WGNO. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  9. ^ Lord, Tom. "The Jazz Discography". Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  10. ^ "Big Easy Entertainment Awards Past Winners". Gambit. Retrieved 11 June 2018.