Nicki Parrott & Dave Spicer – 30/05/24

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Nicki Parrott – bass/vocals

“Nicki Parrott could make anyone love jazz.”  Cabaret Scene

“Nicki brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements.” Jazz Times

“She has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.”  Les Paul

“…a rarity, a first-class bassist whose playing is as sublime as her vocals.” Limelight

Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki started her musical training at age four with the piano and flute. Nicki switched to double bass at the age of 15. After graduating high school she moved to Sydney to study jazz at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music where she was granted funds by the Arts Council to study in New York with Rufus Reid.

Nicki was bassist and vocalist for the legendary Les Paul for over 10 years. As part of the Les Paul Trio, Nicki worked side-by-side with guitar greats from Paul McCartney, Steve Miller to fellow Aussie, Tommy Emmanuel.

In addition, she performed in several Broadway shows and at most of the world’s top jazz venues and festivals including The Jazz Cruise and sold-out performances at Birdland and Dizzy’s in NYC. Nicki has performed with such jazz greats as Clark Terry, Joe Wilder, Scott Hamilton, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Michel Legrand, Houston Person and Arif Mardin, to name just a few.

Nicki recently returned home to Australia where she still tours the globe and records. Her latest CD release, Feelin’ Groovy (Arbors #19490), is a retrospective and reimagining of songs from the 60s and features an all-Australian band, a first for the label.

She has recorded over two dozen vocal records for Venus Records (Japan), Arbors Records (USA) and Ooroo Records (USA/AU). nickiparrott.com

Dave Spicer – piano

Dave Spicer is very active within the music scene in Australia and shares an equal love of performing and educating

As a Singer, Pianist, and Songwriter, Dave has spent the last 25+ years supporting and collaborating with some of Australia’s biggest talents. He has numerous recordings, television, radio and festival appearances to his credit all over the world.

In addition to commissioned works, his compositions and arrangements continue to be presented and recorded by various ensembles. In his professional career as a pianist, accompanist, and singer, Dave has worked with an ‘A’ List of performers including: Frank Bennet, Tom Burlinson, Kate Miller Heidke, Jimeoin, Anita Wardell, Darren Percival, Fiona O’Loughlin, James Morrison, Kristin Berardi, Monica Trapaga, Megan Washington, Vince Jones, Katie Noonan, Michelle Nicole, Nicki Parrott, Dami Im, Adam Lopez, Sam Anning, Lisa Lockland-Bell, Hugh Sheridan, Alana Stone, Tyrone Noonan, William Barton, Maya Sykes, Noni Hazelhurst, Kate Cebrano, David Campbell, Franky Smart, Tom Thumb, The Drifters… to name a few.

Gig Details:

Thursday 30th May 2024
10 Exhibition St, Bowen Hills
Doors from 7:30PM
Music starts on the downbeat of 8PM
Head to our Humanitix to purchase limited seated tickets

How do I purchase a ticket?

Tickets are being sold through Humanitix. Purchase limited seated tickets here. Due to JMI Live being an intimate space, we have a maximum number of guests allowed in the venue. We highly recommend it is best to get in early before tickets sell out.

What is JMI Live?

JMI Live presents live jazz in Brisbane every Thursday night from 8pm and a jam session after each gig. JMI Live is renowned for its intimate setting, providing the best opportunity to listen to live jazz in Brisbane. Just like a jazz club in New York, this venue is the ideal location for great jazz music, acoustics and atmosphere.


JMI Live is located at 10 Exhibition Street, Bowen Hills.

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Ticket Refund Policy

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are unable to attend after having purchased a ticket, please contact the JMI office (07 3216 1110 or email play@jazz.qld.edu.au) as soon as possible during business hours (10AM-4PM) to let us know you won’t be able to attend. A full refund will be given if we are contacted prior to a performance. Refunds will not be processed if we are contacted after the gig.


JMI Live is located at 10 Exhibition Street, Bowen Hills. View on Google Maps.

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