After Nikki Yanofsky’s sold-out SFJAZZ debut in 2010, it was a sure bet she would return for an encore. At 17, she’s growing at a prodigious rate, a rising star with the poise, chops and lustrous instrument of an artist twice her age. Born and raised in Montreal, Yanofsky made a sensational debut before an outdoor throng of 100,000 at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival. Her debut album, the live session Ella... Of Thee I Swing, earned her Juno Award nominations for “New Artist of the Year” and “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year,” but she became a Canadian icon with her chart-topping rendition of “I Believe,” CTV’s theme for the 2010 Winter Olympics. She’s even coined a term for her personal brand of scat singing: “Nikkanese.” Working with 14-time Grammy Award-winning producer Phil Ramone, Yanofsky released her blockbuster Decca studio debut last year, Nikki, an expansive set of tunes with collaborators Jesse Harris, Ron Sexsmith and Feist. Don’t miss one of the most exciting young talents in jazz.
Nikki Yanofsky vocals
Andy Dacoulis guitar
John Sadowy piano, keyboards
Rob Fahie upright and electric bass, music director
Richard Irwin drums