Celebrated Canadian songbird Nikki Yanofsky makes her première Calgary appearance, with internationally-renowned jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli on June 28 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. Tickets are now available at the EPCOR CENTRE Box Office, call 403-294-9494or visit www.epcorcentre.org.
Coming off the success of her appearance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies, the Paralympics' opening ceremonies as well as being chosen to sing the Games' anthem "I Believe," Nikki Yanofsky is stepping out on a national tour, which stops in Calgary, to support her first studio recording, Nikki (DECCA / Universal Music Canada).
Produced by 15-time Grammy Award-winning producer Phil Ramone, Nikki features new arrangements of classic jazz songs and debuts some of Nikki's original music. The album includes collaborations with fellow Canadian Ron Sexsmith, Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jesse Harris, and a song written for Nikki by Feist. Nikki struck the charts in a big way with a #1 debut on the SoundScan Jazz Chart, #6 on the Top Current SoundScan Chart and #2 on the overall digital charts.
A 16-year-old musical prodigy, Nikki made her debut at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival. 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. Also, in the realm of popular music, Nikki was asked to record "Gotta Go My Own Way" for Disney's smash hit High School Musical 2.
Nikki 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. Nikki 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.
Already a veteran of the touring circuit, Nikki 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 Catalina's Jazz Club in Los Angeles and even Tokyo's historic Kabuki-za.
Concerts North presents Nikki Yanofsky, with internationally-renowned jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli one night only, June 28 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts in Calgary. Tickets are on sale now and available in-person at the EPCOR CENTRE Box Office (Centre Court, 205-8th Avenue SE), via phone at 403-294-9494 or online at www.epcorcentre.org.
Visit www.nikkiyanofsky.com for more information.