Nicki Leighton-Thomas sings Fran Landesman

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Crossing the boundaries between jazz, blues and pop, Nicki sings songs from her albums celebrating the lyrics of Fran Landesman and music of Simon Wallace.  Legendary lyricist Fran - friend and mentor to Nicki until her death in 2011 - was known for being part of the Beat Generation of 1950’s New York and had her songs recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Barbra Streisand and many others.

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“A singer with propulsive timing, strong presence and intimate insight.”

John Fordham - The Guardian

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“Nicki, who haunts and inspires many of my songs.” - Fran Landesman 

Born in the UK, Nicki Leighton-Thomas lived in Mauritius and Paris before studying at drama school and moving to London. Her first album Forbidden Games (Candid, 2001) was The Evening Standard’s Album of the Week and received 4* reviews in The Guardian and The Times. Nicki’s vocals can be heard on work ranging from artists such as Gary Husband and Belinda Carlisle and in 2017 she recorded a collection of songs by Dory Previn, produced by John Reynolds.

In October 2022 Nicki released One Good Scandal (33JAZZ) - The album received the following praise:
“…swinging and waspish… some gloriously wanton outpourings. Leighton-Thomas oozes slinky menace… luscious slow blues, stingy guitar and rippling tenor sax…” Jim Gilchrist - The Scotsman 

“...Pithy, insightful observations on human nature... biting humour, hot sassiness and WTF attitude, both singer and band with its alternation of bluesy languor and spiky aggression, capture that convincingly.” Kevin Le Gendre - Jazzwise

“... devastatingly impressive... Nicki’s song choices are impeccable... pathos, joy, sorrow, optimism and levity... spellbinding... a compelling listen... a triumph.” - Nicki Lea - Jazz Views

Band Line Up

Nicki Leighton-Thomas (vocals)

Simon Wallace (piano)

Alec Dankworth (double bass)