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Kiku Collins

”Ms. Collins plays trumpet and flugelhorn like a twenty-first century Miles Davis” Derek Ansell - Jazz Journal International

“...one of the best out there on the current trumpet community. Your section playing, tone, control, and solo chops, outstanding!!” Eric Miyashiro

“Her phrasing, sound and lyricism remind me of great singers. For me, that is one of the best compliments that I could give to any trumpet player!” Mike Vax

Classically trained at Manhattan School of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy, Kiku brings professionalism to every job in every style, with her sense of humor and sense of adventure that leads her to play and sing with a diverse group of artists.

While Kiku has been seen around town, as well as around the world, with major pop stars - most notably Beyonce and (currently) Michael Bolton, she has truly found her voice in “Here With Me”. This smoothly satisfying album redefines evocative jazzy compositions and rich orchestration. Her multiple tracking on the flugelhorn, muted trumpet and trombone, showcases a level of musicianship of the highest order and demonstrates what a band of Kikus might sound like.

In addition to her solo album and work with other artists, Kiku has been heard the world over in television and radio commercials for such clients as Sprite, ABC Nightline, Checkers, Miller, Sony, HBO Latin, Visa, Burger King, Ikea, Carefree Gum, Phillips, Wisk, Certs and many others. Ms. Collins has also produced an impressive number of commercials.

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There is a contemporary sound to this music, a mixture of modern jazz trumpet, fusion and rock that all blends together surprisingly well. Ms. Collins plays trumpet and flugelhorn like a twenty-first century Miles Davis; there is a Spanish tinge to many of these improvised solos and also a touch of melancholy, similar to that which was always present in Miles's music. Flute and vibes solos are pretty much straightahead jazz contributions and the rock flavoured bass and drum punctuations are somehow quite appropriate and suitable for this music. The Messenger is essentially a slow ballad with Ms

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Primary Instrument

Trumpet

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Albums

Album Red Light by Kiku Collins

Red Light

Canopy Jazz
2011

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