Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra at the RNCM

Johnny James, Managing Editor
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Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester 18 May 2024 Tickets from £24.00 — Book now

As part of this year’s jam-packed manchester jazz festival, the RNCM welcomes back award-winning pianist and composer, Nikki Iles and her 20-piece Jazz Orchestra. Described by the Guardian as “one of the most refreshing figures to have emerged in the UK in recent times”, Iles is a pianist of extraordinary imagination, her sensitive playing and improvisational style centred on obliquely resolved phrasing that sidesteps expectation.

A founding member of the innovative Creative Jazz Orchestra in the early ’90s, Iles has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in jazz, one that turns to a new chapter as she heads out on a national tour with a newly-assembled 20-piece band. With them, she’ll perform original works from across her career, as well as new compositions, showcasing the broad range of her writing, arranging and playing.

Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester 18 May 2024 Tickets from £24.00 Book now

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