@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
5 July 2014
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Shockingly confident, frighteningly mature, with a larger-than-life
voice capable of bringing a fresh youthful spark to jazz standards
while still respecting the jazz vocal idiom. Nikki Yanofsky has
already developed a captivating stage presence with a natural charm
that warms your heart.
“ I would not say I am a ‘jazz vocalist’,
I love jazz, r&b and pop…I love what I do… there
is nothing about it I do not like, it’s so much fun!”
Desert Island Discs
Which 2 albums would you take with you to a desert island?
The Beetles – Abbey Road
Ella Fitzgerald – The Cole Porter Son Book
Nikki Yanofsky is a 16-year-old musical prodigy. Since her debut
at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival, where she won
the hearts of the 100,000+ audience, Yanofsky has never looked back.
She was the youngest singer ever on a Verve Records release when
she recorded “Airmail Special” for the Ella Fitzgerald
tribute album, We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song,
alongside such musical luminaries as Etta James, Linda Ronstadt,
Diana Krall and Natalie Cole. She has also recorded the swing-era
classic, “Stompin’ at the Savoy” with Grammy Award-winning
artists Herbie Hancock and Will.i.am for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s
audio book, On the Shoulders of Giants. Also, in the realm of popular
music, Yanofsky was asked to record “Gotta Go My Own Way”
for Disney’s smash hit High School Musical 2. The song was
included in French and English on the Canadian release of the soundtrack,
and in the bonus features of the worldwide DVD release. Yanofsky
has also starred with renowned hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean on episodes
of PBS’ current version of The Electric Company and has been
broadcast internationally on PBS’s youth talent showcase From
the Top. In 2008, Yanofsky released “Ella… of Thee I
Swing” – a live CD/DVD package recorded in Montreal.
Garnering critical acclaim, it earned Yanofsky two Juno nominations
including New Artist of the Year and Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
Most recently, Nikki Yanofsky was a featured artist at the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games held in Vancouver. Performing
at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics as well as
the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, Yanofsky was introduced
to a worldwide audience. She was also chosen to sing “I Believe,”
the anthem of Canada’s Broadcast Consortium. Written by Stephan
Moccio and Alan Frew, this song quickly became a #1 hit on iTunes
Canada and the Billboard Canada Top 100 chart. The single had the
highest first-week sales of any Canadian artist in SoundScan history
and was certified quadruple-platinum. That same week, Ella…
of Thee I Swing went back to the top of the iTunes Canada Jazz Albums
Chart and her single “I Got Rhythm” went to the top
of the iTunes Canada Jazz Songs Chart. This was the first time since
the inception of digital downloading that an artist has held these
#1 positions concurrently.
Yanofsky has used her budding fame to help the underprivileged
– becoming an ambassador for the Montreal Children’s
Hospital, The Children’s Wish Foundation and MusiCounts. She
has also recently joined her fellow Canadian artists in recording
K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” for Young Artists
for Haiti. Being sold on iTunes as a single and video, the proceeds
will directly impact the lives of children, families and communities
in Haiti through the relief and rebuilding efforts of Free the Children,
War Child Canada and World Vision Canada. The local, national and
international charity events that Nikki has been involved with to
date have raised well over $10 million.
Already a veteran of the touring circuit, Nikki Yanofsky has played
to sold-out crowds at jazz festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Sapporo
and Montego Bay, played Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Avery
Fischer Hall with renowned composer and conductor, Marvin Hamlisch
and has performed before full houses at Dizzy’s in New York
City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, the famed Catalin’'s
Jazz Club in Los Angeles and even Tokyo’s historic Kabuki-za.
Yanofsky’s first studio album, “Nikki”, will
be released by Decca Records in the spring of 2010. Produced by
15-time Grammy Award-winning producer Phil Ramone, it features new
arrangements of classic jazz songs as well as some of Yanofsky’s
first original music. It includes collaborations with fellow Canadian
Ron Sexsmith and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jesse Harris as
well as a song written for Nikki by Feist.
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