Artist-in-Residence Program

This summer we are again offering our artist-in-residence program sponsored by the Junior Jazz Foundation, where a national jazz figure will be joining us for the week of the camp and headline the always packed Jazz Corner for the weekend.  It is not often that students have an opportunity to work with an artist of this caliber, so this is a very exciting addition to our camp.

We are proud to announce that this July, we will be joined again by artist-in-residence Nicki Parrott for the sixth year in a row!  At the Hilton Head Jazz Camp, Ms. Parrott not only taught individual bass students, but has founded our new vocal jazz program.  It has been a big hit with our students!

Take a minute to read the official biography of our terrific artist-in-residence below, who will be working through out the week with our students.  Register today to be a part of this exciting opportunity!

Nicki performs regularly on Monday nights at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City as part of the legendary Les Paul Trio. Nicki was Les Paul’s bassist and vocalist for over 10 years. In addition to performing at most of the world’s top jazz festivals, Nicki has performed with such jazz greats as Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Rebecca Paris, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle & the New York Pops Orchestra, Harry Allen, Michel Legrand, Marlena Shaw, Mike Stern, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Scott Hamilton, Larry Carlton and Victor Wooten.

In 2012 Nicki released Sakura, Sakura (Spring), Summertime, Autumn Leaves and Winter Wonderland on Venus Records. Nicki’s 2008 CD release (Venus Records), Fly Me To The Moon and 2007 CD release (Venus Records), Moon River were voted Swing Journal Magazine Critic’s Poll, “Best Jazz Vocal Album.“   For more information on Nicki Parrott, please visit her website at

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With expressive elegance, Nicki Parrott has charmed audiences worldwide with her delightful performances showcasing her dynamic voice and commanding musicianship.

“Nicki brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness and a touch of  allure to inventive arrangements.” Jazz Times 2012

“She has that special gift you cannot buy in  a music store.”  Les Paul

“ There are some performers who have what I would call star quality. It is a combination of talent and charisma that enables them to stand out from the pack, and simply wow an audience.”  Joe Lang

“…must see… show stopping….”  Jon Weber, NPR Piano Jazz 2011

“…a rarity, a first-class bassist whose playing is as sublime as her vocals.” Limelight 2012