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April 7, 2014

Bassist Nicki Parrott to Perform for Diehn Concert Series

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Internationally acclaimed bassist Nicki Parrott will perform on campus for the Diehn Concert Series at 8 p.m. Monday, April 14. The program will be in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.

Parrott is the recipient of a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, which allowed her travel to the U.S. to study with her mentor, Rufus Reid, one of the world's premier double bassists. A world-class double bassist and an emerging singer/songwriter, Parrott was nominated for the Australian Young Achievers Award.

She performed regularly at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City with the late legendary guitarist and inventor, Les Paul. Parrott has consistently performed bass with world-renowned jazz musicians like New Zealand's Mike Nock (piano), Australia's Dale Barlow (tenor sax), Paul Grabowsky (piano), Bernie McGann (alto sax) and the explosive Ten Part Invention. She also toured Australia with Russian musicians Daniel Kramer and Alexander Fischer, playing sold-out shows across the country, followed by successful tours with American trumpeters Bobby Shew and Chuck Findley.

Parrott has also performed at numerous festivals, including the Jazz in July concert series at the 92nd Street Y and the Newport, Litchfield, Detroit and Lionel Hampton jazz festivals. She has appeared internationally at numerous jazz festivals.

The Jazz Times wrote in a review: "Nicki brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements."

Tickets for the Diehn Concert performance are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at oduartstix.com, or by calling 683-5305 during regular box office hours.