Nora Stanley at Latham Square
Nora Stanley is a Bay Area-based saxophonist and composer. Born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley, she grew up in a musical family surrounded by a variety of sonic influences. She attended Berkeley High School and participated in conglomerate programs such as SFJAZZ High School All-Stars and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of SF before moving to Ohio to study with Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson and Dan Wall at Oberlin College and Conservatory where she received a B.M. in Jazz Studies and a B.A. in Latin American Studies.
Nora currently plays and teaches around the Bay Area, leading her own bands and playing on others’ projects such as the Noel Jewkes Septet. She has shared the stage with such greats as Ambrose Akinmusire, Gary Bartz, Dayna Stephens and Jerry Gonzalez and performed at Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ and internationally in Spain, Cuba and Brazil.