Nicki Parrott

Performing  Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Nicki Parrott was born in Newcastle, Australia, where she started her musical training with the piano at the age of four. Soon after she took up the flute, continuing to play both throughout her school years.  She switched to bass at the age of fifteen because her sister, who plays alto sax, wanted a bassist for her group.  Nicki moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, and shortly after began to play with well known Australian musicians.  She came to NYC in 1994 on an Arts Council grant to study with the internationally acclaimed bassist Rufus Reid. 

Since her arrival she has performed with Clark Terry, Les Paul, Billy Taylor, Skitch Henderson, The New York Pops Orchestras with Diva, Bucky Pizzarelli, and more.  Nicki has played on various Arbors Record dates, festivals throughout Europe and the US, jazz cruises, and this is her fifth appearance at the NCJF.  Her discography is impressive, with the last two vocal albums winning Swing Journal Critics’ Poll for best vocal albums of 2008 and 2009.  This will be Nicki’s eighth appearance at the North Carolina Jazz Festival. Visit artist website HERE.