Nicki Parrott is an internationally acclaimed bassist, born in Newcastle, Australia who moved the New York in 1994.
Nicki started her musical training with the piano at the age of four, and soon after took up the flute as well. She continued to play flute and piano throughout her school years, but switched to double bass at the age of 15 because her sister Lisa, who plays alto sax, wanted a bassist for her group. After completing high school, Nicki moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music.
Nicki is the recipient of a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts allowing her travel to the US and study with her mentor, one of the world’s premiere double bassists, Rufus Reid. In the same year she was also nominated for the “Australian Young Achievers Award”.
Nicki has performed at such major festivals in the USA including;
- the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival
- Newport Jazz Festival
- Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y
- Litchfield Jazz Festival
- Detroit Jazz Festival
- and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
Overseas, she has performed at the:
- Berlin Jazz Festival
- the Cully Lavaux
- the Ascona and Berne Jazz Festivals in Switzerland
- the Edinburgh and Grimsby Jazz Festivals in the UK
- the Krakow Music Festival in Poland
- the Ottawa Jazz Festival in Canada
- and various Australian festivals.
Today, Nicki Parrott is a world-class double bassist and an emerging singer/songwriter. In her work with artists from around the globe she has brought a signature sound to every bass part she has played. She performs regularly at the world’s best Jazz Festivals and can be seen Monday’s at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.