Nikki Iles is celebrated as one of the finest musicians the UK has ever produced. Her playing highlights in the last couple of years have included The Julian Arguelles Octet, The Kenny Wheeler Big Band, Tony Coe and Tina May, , ‘Renga’ with Rufus Reid . The Anglo / Canadian Quartet with Martin Speake, Anthony Michelli and Duncan Hopkins., trio with Jeff Williams, The Stan Sulzmann Big Band, Joe Locke and Neil Pursey , Claire Martin and Dave Holland in the tribute to Kenny Wheeler at this years London Jazz Festival . . This year looks to be a very busy year. Following the success of her trio CD, Hush., recorded in New York with Rufus Reid and Jeff Williams, she has recently recorded with Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler and the London Vocal Project, “Mirrors” on Edition and most recently has seen the release of the long awaited Printmakers CD “Westerly “ on Basho records with Norma Winstone, Mark Lockheart, Mike Walker , Steve Watts and James Maddren and “Stardust ‘ (Jellymould) with long–time friend , saxophonist, Stan Sulzmann.
Tonight, she presents for the first time a brand new large ensemble project featuring a handpicked line-up of old friends and new, to perform works by inspirational female composers.