Valentine's Day at Nighttown
Vocalist and Acoustic Bassist from Les Paul Trio leads All-Star Trio live at Nighttown!
Featuring: Nicki Parrott-vocals & acoustic bass, Jackie Warren-piano, & Bob Fraser-guitar.
Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki Parrot 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. She continued her studies with various bassists including visiting artists Ray Brown and John Clayton.
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. As part of the Les Paul Trio, Nicki worked side-by-side with guitar greats from Paul McCartney, Slash, Steve Miller to fellow Aussie, Tommy Emmanuel.
Since then she has performed with such notable musicians as Michel Legrand, Joe Wilder, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle & the New York Pops Orchestra, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Marlena Shaw, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Mays, Scott Hamilton, Lillian Boutte, Larry Carlton and Houston Person, to name a few.
Nicki has performed at most major festivals around the globe including the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Newport Beach Jazz Party, Jazz Ascona and Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and many others.
Vinny Raniolo has already performed alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Trishka, Bucky Pizzarelli and David Grisman. Vignola and Raniolo have been touring together as a guitar duo for nearly four years, and have played hundreds of shows together.
John di Martino, Composer, Arranger, Pianist, has recorded many CD's for Venus Records with his "Romantic Jazz Trio". Noted for his versatility, John has performed and recorded with such notables
as Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Joe Lovano, David "Fat Head" Newman, Freddy Cole, Pat Martino, Paquito D'Rivera and Houston Person.
Mr. di Martino is a sought after musical director and has accompanied Jon Hendricks, Diane Schurr, Kelly Smith, Alexis Cole, and Billy Eckstine. John's talents as arranger and pianist can be heard on recordings with vocalists: Gloria Lynn and Grady Tate .