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Nikki Iles


Over the last few years Bedfordshire born Nikki Iles has progressed into the front rank of British jazz musicians. From a musical family, she first became aware of jazz through her father's record collection, and began playing the harmonica and clarinet at her primary school. At eleven she won a Junior Exhibitioner's Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, studying piano and clarinet, and was soon a member of the Bedfordshire Youth Jazz Orchestra. It was at this time that the piano took over as Nikki's principal instrument.

During this period her involvement with jazz was deepening, prompting the decision to study at The Leeds College of Music between 1981-84 and eventually she settled in Yorkshire before finally moving back to London in September 1998.

The first platform for her own composing was the group Emanon, led by trumpeter Richard Iles, which also included the guitarist Mike Walker and saxophonist Iain Dixon


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Martin Iaies, Claudio Scolari Project, Ahmad Jamal, Cal Tjader, And More

Read "New Releases From Martin Iaies, Claudio Scolari Project, Ahmad Jamal, Cal Tjader, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we present new releases from Martin Iaies, Claudio Scolari Project, Ahmad Jamal, Cal Tjader, Chet Baker, Wes Montgomery, Darren Pickering, Loren Stillman, Anenon, Benjamín Vergara & Amanda Irarrázabal, Nikki Iles, and Elton Dean. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Martin Iaies feat. Julian Argüelles “Pascanas # 1" from New Beginnings (ears&eyes) 00:55 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Yuhan Su, Sam Eastmond, Vanessa Perica, Chien Chien Lu & More

Read "Yuhan Su, Sam Eastmond, Vanessa Perica, Chien Chien Lu & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This time around we play with an unusual idea, alternating big band albums with albums recorded by vibraphone players. “Why?" you may ask... For no particular reason, other than the fact that we realized these tunes flow well together.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 ...


Article: Record Label Profile

Edition Records: A Guide To The First Fifteen Years

Read "Edition Records: A Guide To The First Fifteen Years" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Edition Records celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2023. The label founded in Cardiff in 2008 by keyboardist Dave Stapleton has come a long way in that time. Initially conceived of as a means to release his own music and that of his friends, Edition Records went from being a cottage industry to a position as one ...


Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...


Article: My Playlist

Trish Clowes

Read "Trish Clowes" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Chico Buarque: Construção (Philips, 1971) This is a very new find, although released in 1971. Just take a listen, what a mind! 2. Joe Henderson: Double Rainbow (Verve, 1995) I was doing a lot of listening to Brazilian music recently (including the above album!) and as a result ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Catherine Russell Plus Jazz Birthday Celebrations For Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Dorothy Donegan & More

Read "New Releases From Catherine Russell Plus Jazz Birthday Celebrations For Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Dorothy Donegan & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Catherine Russell, Katriona Taylor and pianist Lisa Hilton with birthday shoutouts to Dorothy Donegan (100!), Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Barbara Lea and Marilyn Maye (going strong at 94) among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic ...



Label: Three Worlds
Released: 2020
Track listing: Now And Then; River of Dreams; Patricks Song; Fool; Saudade; It's Not Quite The Same; When; The Commute; Solace; Wistful Thinking.


Article: Album Review

Jim Rattigan: When

Read "When" reviewed by Chris May

Composer-arrangers as diverse as Gil Evans and Charles Mingus have employed the French horn, but it remains something of a niche instrument in jazz. Why? The same question applies to the almost complete absence of trombones in West African jazz and Afrobeat, and their ubiquity in Brazilian samba. The first convincing explanation in the Comments box ...


Article: Profile

Issie Barratt: Every Solo Is A New Invitation

Read "Issie Barratt: Every Solo Is A New Invitation" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Issie Barratt is one of the most significant jazz educators in Britain today. From 1999-2004, Barratt was head of Jazz at Trinity College of Music but her role as Artistic Director of the National Youth Jazz Collective has been of even greater importance in developing young jazz talent. Now in its, thirteenth year, NYJC goes from ...


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