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Grammy Award-winning musician/producer and world-renowned drummer Quentin E. Baxter presents another amazing three-concert series at the Legends Room – Turtle Point Clubhouse. The first concert of the series will feature award-winning bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott. Accompanying Parrott for the concert will be pianist Kevin Bales, and drummer Quentin E. Baxter.
Nicki Parrott Double bass and vocals
“Nicki Parrott could make anyone love jazz.” – Cabaret Scene
“Nicki brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements.” – Jazz Times
“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
Nicki Parrott is a world-renowned double bassist and jazz vocalist. 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 where she began to play with Australian musicians such as Mike Nock, Dale Barlow, Paul Grabowsky, Bernie McGann, and Ten Part Invention. She also toured Australia with Russian musicians Daniel Kramer and Alexander Fischer and American trumpeters Bobby Shew and Chuck Findley. She continued her studies with various bassists including visiting artists Ray Brown and John Clayton.
Nicki was the recipient of two awards, a scholarship to Pan Pacific Music Camps at the age of 16, and first place in the 1992 Jazz Action Society’s Annual Song Competition for her composition “Come and Get It,” which is the opening track of Nicki and her sister Lisa’s debut CD, “Awabakal Suite”. 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 came to New York in May 1994.
In June 2000, Nicki began performing on Monday nights at the Iridium Jazz Club with the legendary guitarist and inventor, Les Paul. Nicki was bassist and vocalist for the legendary Les Paul for over 10 years, in addition to performing at most of the world’s top jazz venues and festivals including THE Jazz Cruise, and to sold-out performances at Birdland and Dizzy’s in NYC.
She has recorded over two dozen vocal records for Venus Records (Japan), Arbors Records (USA), and Ooroo Records (USA). Nicki’s latest vocal/bass CD, If You Could Read My Mind, (Arbors), is a retrospective look at her favorite pop songs from the 60s and 70s.