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Nikki Iles
Word had been out in musicians circles about Nikki Iles since way before she collected the John Dankworth Award for Outstanding Individual at the 1996 British Jazz Awards. By then, as a member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra, she had already shared stages with seasoned veterans including Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs, Vince Mendoza and Anthony Braxton; as well as composing her celebration 'Printmakers Suite' for an eight-piece version of the same band.

Her understated playing has sometimes submerged in the setting of a large band, but since focusing on work with her own trio and a long standing musical relationship with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, her solo voice has developed dramatically. Her sensitivity and musicality as a pianist has already established her as a highly desirable member of various rhythm sections and now her talent as a composer is gaining the recognition it deserves. Nikki has been featured alongside Bobby Wellins, Art Farmer, Don Weller and Gerad Presencer as well as sharing the stage with young bloods Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart and the Arguelles brothers.

To quote John Fordham from The Guardian, "Iles is one of the most refreshing and promising figures to have emerged in the UK in recent times, with a liquid sound and supple, obliquely-resolved phrasing as an improviser".