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Nancy Erickson

Nancy Erickson has been bringing her rich, melodic vocals to the Pacific Northwest Jazz scene for over 3 decades. Hailed as “one of our best contemporary singers – full of feeling, wit… and a thoroughly winning originality” (Michael Steinman – Jazz Lives), Nancy is releasing her third solo CD “Nancy Erickson – Here and Now” on August 25, 2018. This album was recorded live by Jim Wilke (Jazz Northwest – KNKX) and includes unique arrangements of jazz standards (Honeysuckle Rose, Hot House, Night in Tunisia), some non-jazz tunes (Sting’s ‘Fragile’), and an original piece (Let Love Begin) written by Nancy Erickson & Darin Clendenin. “Here and Now” features the musical skills of the 200 Trio (Greg Feingold, Cole Schuster, Max Holmberg) and Alex Dugdale.

Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, Nancy Erickson has studied music her entire life. “When I was growing up, all types of music were ever-present in my home. We listened to everything from Frank Sinatra, Don Ellis, Peggy Lee, & Louis Armstrong to The Beatles, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Frank Zappa, The Band, and soundtracks from musicals”. The music that filled her home became the foundation that would yield one of the more versatile musicians in the Seattle area.

Nancy relocated to Seattle in 1982, studying music theory & directing at Edmonds Community College under the tutelage of Frank DeMiero, Al Galante, and Rick Asher. She toured Europe in a jazz group and is accredited with performing in both the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands & the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and had the opportunity of sharing the stage with such greats as Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, the Hi-Lo's, The Four Freshmen, Ward Swingle, and Mimi Perrin. Other notable appearances have been with Matt Catingub, Tom Kubis, Bill Ramsey, Roger Treece, Michael Powers, and Lenny Williams.

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”Nancy Erickson deserves our very close attention as a fully-formed artist, one of our best contemporary singers — full of feeling, wit, affection, reverence for tradition and a thoroughly winning originality.” - Michael Steinman - Jazz Lives

“Erickson is an impressive singer, and she has produced an album that portends a bright future for this jazz loving lady.” ' - Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz

“A skilled singer who is also an excellent songwriter....Ms. Erickson has an appealing tone, does justice to lyrics and swings.” - Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene

Erickson is smart in her song choice and arrangements

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals



Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Private lessons available.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Nancy Erickson has 2 clinic options to choose from: 1) Building your set list and vocal styling * How to create an interesting one hour set * Work through 2 tunes and styling them (decisions regarding intros & endings, where to solo/scat, when to improvise, sensitivity in singing, note choices that work within the chord) * How to approach the band at a jam session 2) Youth or Adult Improvisation * Basic scatting techniques - blues chord progression * Repetition & copying * Building on your scatting partner's solo * Trading 8's, 4's, 2's * How to tell your story through scat

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Here & Now (Live)



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Self Produced


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