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NYJO Presents… WHEELER! Feat. Nikki Iles & A NYJO Sextet
2nd August 2021 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
NYJO Presents was built to showcase up and coming talent from across the UK jazz scene during the national lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This grassroots, bottom-up platform was there for plural creative voices to continue to express themselves at the start of their careers, despite of the restrictions in place.
After an amazing run of livestreams featuring the likes of Helena Debono, Rosie Frater-Taylor, Roella Oloro, Karen Shiraishi and Asha Parkinson, NYJO Presents welcomed its first live audience for multi-instrumentalist, Emma Rawicz to coincide with the re-opening of Ronnie Scott’s. This latest series of NYJO Presents show will pair established, seasoned professionals with young stars of the future, to explore the work of world-renown jazz icon together.
For August ’21, the incredible Nikki Iles will explore the work of Kenny Wheeler alongside a group of exciting young pro’s from the NYJO family.
ABOUT NIKKI ILES
Nikki Iles has established herself as a major presence in the British jazz world. Since winning the John Dankworth Special Award at the BT British Jazz Awards in 1996, she has gone on to become one of the UK’s foremost composers, educators and pianists.As a musician, her highlights include successful stints with the Julian Argüelles Octet, the Kenny Wheeler Big Band, the Anglo Canadian Project, Toronto (with Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Tony Coe and Tina May), The Printmakers (with Norma Winstone and Mike Walker), Martin Speake’s ECM tour, Japan (with Karen Sharp and Tina May and Renga (with Rufus Reid).
ABOUT KENNY WHEELER
It was as a member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra in the 90s that Nikki developed a natural affinity for the music of Kenny Wheeler. One of the most celebrated voices in contemporary UK and European jazz, Kenny Wheeler’s music is often characterised by a hauntingly lyrical and flowing musical style. His poignantly harmonised pieces have played all over the world, as well as being studied consistently on college courses to this day.Wheeler composed prolifically into his 80s, and some of his themes, such as ‘Everybody’s Song But My Own’ and ‘Kind Folk’ – went on to become revered jazz standards.
To celebrate the artists wonderful catalogue, Nikki Iles will be joined by a quintet of NYJO musicians eager to do justice to such a lauded repertoire.
Nikki Iles, Piano
Dan Coulthurst, Trumpet
James Romaine, Alto Sax
Asha Parkinson, Tenor Sax
Adam Chinnery, Guitar
Matt Hollick, Bass
Adam Woodcock, Drums