Italian London-based Jazz singer Germana Stella La Sorsa started performing in Italy at an early age, working her way up through the Italian Jazz scene to ultimately perform at the side of one of the most influential European jazz musicians: Franco Cerri (Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Django Reinhardt and many more).
Upon moving to the UK in 2017, Germana immediately began to work on her own music with some high profile musicians of the UK jazz scene.
Germana's unique talent was quickly recognised and before long she was regularly gigging around London and the UK appearing in high profile venues such as the iconic Ronnie Scott's, Vortex Jazz Club, Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, Oliver's Jazz Bar and Kansas Smitty's.
Germana has been developing her own project, JiC_Jazz in Cinema_Project, alongside the double bass player Joe Boyle.
Click here to watch some videos filmed at the Vortex Jazz Club with JiC - Jazz in Cinema - Project featuring Sam Leak on piano and Dave Storey on drums.
“Once in a while you hear a musician that stops you in your tracks and you can’t ignore.
Upon hearing Germana La Sorsa for the first time a few years ago I was blown away by her individual and unique style of singing, I was lucky enough to hear her live, my first thoughts were that she sings with a beautifully clear and warm tone with shades of the Brazilian iconic vocalist Flora Purim.”
Germana began her musical training as a child, attending classical and jazz piano and music theory lessons.
Quickly developing a particular interest in the art of singing and jazz vocals, she focused her attention on finding her own musical language under the guidance of some of the most popular Italian jazz musicians, singers and singing teachers (Paola Arnesano, Gianna Montecalvo, Roberto Ottaviano, to name but a few) and improving her technique by attending various workshops, clinics (such as Berklee College at Umbria Jazz Clinics) and masterclasses held by international artists, such as Bob Stoloff, Michelle Hendricks and Anita Wardell.
Having a particularly strong interest in rhythm, she also attended private drums and percussion lessons and workshops (Fabio Delle Foglie, Gilson Silveira).
Germana graduated from the University of Salento in Lecce earning a Bachelors degree in Sciences of Music and Performing Arts and a First-level Professional Masters Programme in Music and Audiovisual Communication and from the Conservatoire “Niccolo Piccini” in Bari, earning a masters in Jazz Music with the highest marks and special honours.
She completed her training as a singing teacher attending Estill Voice Training courses under the watchful eye of both Gianna Montecalvo (Estill Master Trainer) and Alejandro Saorin Martinez (Estill Mentor & Course Instructor with Testing Privileges), earning a certificate of Estill Figure Proficiency (EFP).
Besides her singing career, Germana currently teaches singing technique and jazz singing both at North Bridge House Senior School (Hampstead) and at Morley College (London) and privately.
Find out more about Germana's private lessons and online work group sessions here.