Pianist/composer/arranger Nicki Denner has been a part of the New York Latin and jazz music scene since 1999. Before that, she was an active member of the Minneapolis music community for 10 years. She has performed with Sheila E., Savion Glover, Candido, Doc Severinsen, Andrea Brachfeld, Bobby Sanabria, Harvie S., Ray Vega, Pedro Martinez, Manolo Badrena, John Benitez, the New Jersey Tap Ensemble, as well other jazz and salsa artists in the United States and Europe.
Since 2001, she has led her own trio which features Jennifer Vincent on bass, and Willie Martinez on drums. In 2006, the trio released their debut recording, Moliendo Café, which was named one of the Top Ten Picks of 2006 in Latin Beat Magazine.
Ms. Denner has released two other Latin jazz CD’s as a leader, Don’t Just Stand There and El Médico de Coqu�- (featuring Julian Llanos, former singer with Latin music legend Arsenio Rodriguez) which spent six months in Latin Beat magazine's Top 20 Hit Parade.
Along with performing, Nicki is also a devoted teacher. As well as having a private teaching studio, she has served on the piano faculty of the Stanford University Summer Jazz Workshop and the Montclair State University Jazz Prep Summer Program.
Nicki Denner's piano playing gets pretty goddamn caliente, whether she's extrapolating a Latin
standard or taking listeners on jazzy jaunts into her lively originals.
Frank DeBlase - Rochester International Jazz Festival
In my humble opinion, Denner's new release belongs on every Latin music lover's shelf, whether such
aficionados lean toward Latin jazz or salsa!
Vicki Sola - Latin Beat Magazine
Editor's Pick: A totally cool piano trio record...The sound of the recording envelops you; the whole thing
feels intimate. Denner herself is a super strong pianist, and her arrangements are full of rhythmic
order; when she’s improvising she brings a ton of harmony and time to her blowing
Willing to teach