JACQUI HICKS (vocals) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 23rd December 2012

As well as fronting her own band, Jacqui is featured with Shakatak, the Back To Basie Orchestra and many top UK groups. This special Xmas gig will feature jazz vocal versions of classic Christmas songs including Santa Claus is Coming To Town, Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, Have Yourself A Merry Christmas and Jeff’s Nuts Roasting.

Jacqui Hicks 1Jacqui was originally a classically trained clarinettist but started singing during her three years at the Leeds College Of Music, where she also studied saxophone and flute, and then joined the one year post-graduate jazz course at the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama. Shortly after leaving the Guildhall Jacqui joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra as their vocalist and spent the next four years touring and also recording with them – including the vocal album Looking Forward Looking Back.

Since 1993 Jacqui has worked with the jazz/funk band Shakatak, both as backing vocalist and sax player. She’s toured Europe and Eastern Europe, South Africa, the Far East & Japan numerous times with them and also appears on their albums Let The Piano Play, View From The City, Under Your Spell, Blue Savannah, Beautiful Day, Emotionally Blue, the MOBO nominated Live At Ronnie Scotts and the brand new 2009 release Afterglow.
Additionally, she sings three tracks of Shakatak drummer, Roger Odell’s Beatifik album The Blue Window, released in 2000 and makes a guest appearance on the compilation album called Smooth Solos – Shakatak & Friends.

Jacqui has also worked with the Latin/Pop band Matt Bianco touring Japan, Indonesia & Europe with them and appears on their albums Gran Via, Another Time:Another Place and a re-working of their greatest hits album A Collection.
She is a featured vocalist on Paprika Soul’s 2002 album Into The Light, including the single “Too Much Love Makin”, a track that also appears on the JazzFM CD Venice Beach.Jacqui Hicks 3

She works regularly with Julian Marc Stringle & the Dreamband and is featured on their 2009 release LA Sunset.
Jacqui’s first solo album Spellbound was released in 2000 and was well received by the critics.
“…a beautifully crafted and controlled performance. A fine debut indeed.”
– [Jazz Review]

Her second album With A Song In My Heart was released in September 2005 and is a collaboration with the John Critchinson Trio.
“…a singer of warmth, poise and intelligence whose smoky voice is a pleasure to listen to.” – [Yorkshire Post]
She has also worked with some of Britain’s finest musicians including Art Theman, Bobby Wellins, Brian Dee, Jim Mullen, Allan Ganley, Julian Marc Stringle, Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, John Pierce, Pat Crumley, Mark Nightingale, Malcolm MacFarlane, Martin Shaw, Dave Green and of course John Critchinson. She has played at some of the most prestigious venues including Ronnie Scotts, The 606 Club, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as jazz festivals such as Brecon, Edinburgh, Wigan, London, Thailand International and Cape Town International. She also makes regular appearances with the Jacqui Hicks with Shakatakaward winning Back To Basie Orchestra and is featured on their latest album ‘Corner Pocket’.

As a session singer Jacqui has recorded songs for Hal David & John Cacavas, Duncan Lamont, and Johnny Keating, among others. She’s worked on several soundtracks including the films Tomb Raider II and Veronica Guerin and appeared in a couple of Radio 4 plays for the BBC.

Jazznights presents the best in modern jazz at:
The Function Suite, The Cherry Tree, Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, Suffolk, CO10 7BY.
Tel: 01787 237263       Admission £8.         Doors 7.30pm.       Music 8.00-10.30pm.

Reserve your table seating on 01787 237653 or email.  Pay on the night.
Food available and can be served before or during the performance.

For further information go to www.jazz-nights.com