Ricardo Ochoa (violin) – Ricardo is continuing to head up our new jazz strings program as a part of the Hilton Head Jazz Camp, with the aim of teaching traditional string instruments improvisation and playing jazz music in a string ensemble. Ricardo is a very active musician locally, most famously known for co-founding and touring with the nationally recognized band Velvet Caravan. He is also active as a classical musician with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Savannah Philharmonic. We are honored to have Ricardo as a part of the Hilton Head Jazz Camp again in 2017!
Nicki Parrott (vocal jazz) – 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 www.nickiparrott.com