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.