Leeds College of Music Alumni Band celebrating 50 years years of jazz education
Listen to Nikki’s big band music as she leads the Leeds College of Music Alumni Band
celebrating 50 years years of jazz education.
THE PRINTMAKERS TOUR
Celebrating Norma Winstone’s 75th birthday with concerts beginning in May into 2017.
We will be on the road from May, starting at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and then on to the
Pizza Express in Soho, London on Nikki’s birthday (16th May) and through the autumn (see dates).
The Printmakers are: Nikki Iles – piano, Norma Winstone – vocals, Mike Walker – guitar,
Mark Lockheart – saxes, Steve Watts double bass, James Maddren- drums.
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Nikki Iles (Piano), Norma Winstone (Vocals), Mike Walker (Electric Guitar), Mark Lockheart (saxophones), Steve Watts (Double Bass), James Maddren (Drums)Norma Winstone – Best Vocalist, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2015
“Westerly is an exquisite and elegant album, a myriad of finely crafted details in both words and music, counterbalanced with dazzling improvisations of great wit and imagination.” Steve Berry
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STARDUST, another new release this year on Jellymold Records with long standing friend, Stan Sulzmann.
“the carefree eloquence and clear conversational flow of new duo album Stardust speaks volumes about the absolute empathy and trust shared by two stellar British jazz performers. It’s beautiful….a crystal-encrusted, dark-sky panoply. As you fix your attention, it magically reveals subtler, coruscating constellations”. Review Adrian Pallant.
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“ Jazz on a Winters Night “
A selection of 12 arrangements for piano of Christmas music including classics sung by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole,but also some english carols such as “In The Bleak Mid Winter” and Peter Warlock’s “Balulalow” (Oxford University Press)
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“A formidable UK jazz presence rising to her full height.”
“Iles is one of the most refreshing figures to have emerged in the UK scene in recent times, with a liquid sound and supple, obliquely resolved phrasing as an improviser”.
‘Nikki Iles is a pianist of extraordinary imagination who thrives on fugitive melodies”
‘Iles displayed the rhythmic surprises, shape shifting phrases, playful dialogue with a mix of ruggedness and reflection that make her comparable with the great John Taylor.’