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The Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra

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Last Show: Sunday 6 th November 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

With our growing reputation of presenting wonderful big band music on Sunday lunch times, here’s another “must get to” gem for our discerning audience: the Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra. It’s with enormous pleasure and delight we can schedule the return to London and to Dean Street,, of this remarkable musician and her 18- piece Jazz Orchestra of award winning musicians. The 2021 concert was a sensational success -after having to abandon a performance the previous year,  so it’s great we’ve been able to arrange this further return.

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“Iles is a skilful improviser and displayed the rhythmic surprises, shape shifting phrases, playful dialogue with partners and a mix of ruggedness and reflection that at times make her comparable with the great John Taylor”.

The Guardian

Nikki, winner of Best Pianist British Jazz Awards 2017, brings together commissions from over the years; new orchestrations of her own small band tunes and new compositions, all played by the remarkable band she has assembled.

The depth and range  of the exhilarating writing and arranging suggest this concert will like a well fitted suit and a distinctive voice, with the music bought to vivid life by a top drawer band.

The band won the “Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Ensemble 2020.

Well known as a solo pianist, accompanist extraordinaire and arranger, composition and education remains a major part of Nikki Iles musical life. Her  commissions include The London Sinfonietta , the UMO jazz orchestra in Helsinki and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Nikki is Professor of Jazz Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Middlesex University as well as giving masterclasses around the world.

In 2020 she won the Seattle Jazz Orchestra Composition Prize, plus The US based International Society of Jazz Composers and Arrangers Best Performance  

And here’s the Orchestra, at the Vortex a year or so ago, demonstrating the wonders that are Nikki’s original compositions and arrangements, together with great ensemble playing and evocative soloing.

Band Line Up

Saxophones - Andy Schofield – Alto, Soprano, Flute, Paul Jones – Alto, Flute, Julian Siegel – Tenor, Bass Clarinet, Tori Freestone – Tenor, Flute, Best Tenor Saxophone - several times, Karen Sharp – Baritone, Tenor, Clarinet plus sensational band leader in his own right  Gareth Lockrane– Flute

Trumpets - Tom Walsh, Parliamentary, Jazz Awards winner Henry Lowther, James Copus and Head of  Jazz at The Royal Academy, Nick Smart

Trombones - Gordon Campbell, Richard Henry, Ollie Martin & Harry Maund

With Nikki Iles – Piano, Mike Walker – Guitar, Steve Watts – Bass and Ian Thomas – Drums