Nicky Allen piano and voice with Rod Mason sax, Garry Jackson bass Caroline Boaden drums
Expect very lively, funky jazz music, great grooves and decadent improvised solos form unexpected covers to original tunes written by and for the quartet.
Nicki is a Leeds legend as a jazz singer and music educator and a good friend of Seven Jazz. Her ability to interpret Jazz Classics effortlessly and stylishly has made her a well-respected Jazz singer over recent years. She was awarded Jazz Yorkshire Vocalist of the year 2011. She works regularly with her Jazz Quartet - “Orca” - who perform at gigs & festivals throughout the year and currently has two albums out. She is a regular Big Band Vocalist with The Manhattan Sound Big Band and the Ronnie Bottomley Jazz Orchestra, a solo piano vocalist with a weekly residency at the Harrogate Brasserie, a Recording Artist and Session Singer, a Jazz and Pop Singing Tutor and Voice Coach at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has toured around the world singing on cruise ships.
"Once in a while along comes the 'complete vocalist, that rare and talented individual who can take any style and turn it effortlessly into their own. Nicki Allan is that vocalist - Whether it be Jazz, Soul, Gospel or Blues, Nicki's rich timbre and superb vocal range enable her to move the hearts of the most hardened sceptic and draw in the listener to connect in a way rarely experienced nowadays" The Jazzman
Nicky Allen appears on Sunday afternoon 12 Feb @Inkwell 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS £5)