Nicki Parrott

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"Nicki Parrott could make anyone love jazz." Cabaret Scene 2013

“Nicki brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements.” Jazz Times 2012

“She has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.” Les Paul

“...a rarity, a first-class bassist whose playing is as sublime as her vocals.”... more

"Nicki Parrott could make anyone love jazz." Cabaret Scene 2013

“Nicki brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements.” Jazz Times 2012

“She has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.” Les Paul

“...a rarity, a first-class bassist whose playing is as sublime as her vocals.” Limelight 2012

Nicki Parrott is a world renowned double bassist and jazz vocalist voted by Swing Journal’s Best consecutive Jazz vocal albums (2007 and 2008).

Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki started her musical training at age four with the piano, followed by the flute, soon after. Nicki switched to double bass at the age of 15. After graduating high school she moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. Nicki was the recipient of two awards, a scholarship to Pan Pacific Music Camps and first place in the 1992 Jazz Action Society’s Annual Song Competition for her composition “Come and Get It”. She was also nominated for the annual Australian Young Achievers Award by the Arts Council of Australia who granted her the funds to come to New York to study with Rufus Reid.

Nicki was bassist and vocalist for the legendary Les Paul for over 10 years. She performs regularly as part of Les Paul's Trio. In addition to performing at most of the world's top jazz festivals, Nicki has performed with such jazz greats as Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle and the New York Pops Orchestra, Michel Legrand, Arif Mardin, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski and Larry Carlton. She has recorded 15 vocal records for the Japanese label, Venus Records, numerous recordings for Arbors Records, and released her first CD on Ooroo Records this year.

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