Jazz Strings / Vocal Jazz

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, bass) – 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

Aimee Nolte (vocal jazz, piano) is quickly becoming a highly sought after educator in the jazz community, since launching her YouTube channel, Aimee Nolte Music.  Aimee has had the opportunity to perform in the past with greats such as John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Frank Vignola, Lenny White, and most recently, the Aimee Nolte Trio (with Mike Scott and Roger Shew), and her duo, “Skirt & Suit (with Joshua Payne on guitar) with regular gigs around the LA area.  She spent a 10 day stint as an instructor for the renowned vocal coach David Braid’s VocalizeU camp in Malibu during the summer of 2016 and continues to teach clinics and master classes to students who want to learn to scat sing like serious jazz musicians and take their improvisation game to the next level.  She joined us as the 2017 Hilton Head Jazz Camp as a 2-day guest artist teaching vocal masterclasses, a marketing class, performing at the Jazz Corner lunch and at a private evening event.  We are so excited that she has joined the jazz camp family!