I had the chance to meet up with Leeds based jazz singer Nicki Allan
chat, Nicki has lined up the first gigs of 2013 with her sextet.
Joel Purnell – Tenor Sax
Mark Chandler – Trumpet
Graham Hearn – Piano and arranger
Adrian Knowles – Bass
Ronnie Bottomley – Drums and arranger
Nicki Allan – Vocals
Mark Beirne-Smith – So where are the first of the gigs?
Nicki Allan – The first is Pave Bar in Hull
Mark Beirne-Smith – Is the band the same line up as the albums?
Nicki Allan – Almost, unfortunately Mark cant make it so Jim Corry who is just back from a Jamiroquai tour has stepped in to play soprano sax instead of having a trumpet, so it will sound slightly different without the trumpet, but the Soprano sax blends brilliantly with tenor so I'm looking forward to hearing those two playing together.
Mark Beirne-Smith – What songs should we be expecting, any new material?
Nicki Allan – Its mostly going to be American song book, with some exciting and original arrangements from both Graham and Ronnie. There will be some numbers from the previous two albums and I have another half a dozen or so new songs too.
Mark Beirne-Smith – Solo numbers, is this a new project?
Nicki Allan – Yes I have two other projects on the go at the moment, one is solo, just me! This was born out of the work I have been doing on the cruise liners over the last 3 years, I did do a solo album a couple of years back so its an extension of that. I've been working on developing my Jazz piano playing so the album is dedicated to that really, me playing and singing a variety of different styles but focussing on the Jazz. Also I am doing a duet album with Graham Hearn on piano, this is a collection of great songs that we have put together and been working on and will be recording on the lead up to summer.
Mark Beirne-Smith – Where can people buy your CDs?
Nicki Allan – There will be some with me at these gigs, also if they cant make it to them, from my web site above or if people prefer down loads through iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/nicki-allan/id395682594) and Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Youre-Gonna-Hear-from-Me/dp/B0089DYU4W)
Mark Beirne-Smith – Do you like marmalade?
Nicki Allan – .......Well, its funny you should ask as actually, Yes, I do!......but only Robertson's Shred less.
If you get the chance to catch Nicki and her sextet I am sure you will be in for a treat