Vocalist

Jacqui Hicks studied saxophone & flute on the jazz course at Leeds College of Music and started singing during her three years there continuing on to the Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Shortly after leaving the Guildhall Jacqui joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra as their featured vocalist and spent the next four years touring and also recording with them — including the vocal album Looking Forward Looking Back.

Since 1993 Jacqui has worked with the jazz/funk band Shakatak, both as backing vocalist and sax player. She's toured Europe and Eastern Europe, South Africa, the Far East & Japan numerous times with them and also appears on their albums Let The Piano Play, View From The City, Under Your Spell, Blue Savannah and Beautiful Day.

Jacqui has also worked with the Latin/Pop band Matt Bianco touring Japan, Indonesia & Europe with them and appears on their albums Gran Via, Another Time:Another Place and a re-working of their greatest hits, A Collection.

Under her own name she released her debut album Spellbound back in 2000 which was well received by the critics.

"…a beautifully crafted and controlled performance. A fine debut indeed." Jazz Review

"…a singer of warmth, poise and intelligence whose smoky voice is a pleasure to listen to." Yorkshire Post

She has released two acclaimed jazz CDs in collaboration with the John Critchinson trio: With A Song In My Heart and A Child Is Born.

As a session singer Jacqui has recorded songs for Hal David & John Cacavas, Duncan Lamont, Brian Dee and Johnny Keating, among others. She's worked on several soundtracks including the films Tomb Raider II and Veronica Guerin, and appeared in a couple of Radio 4 plays for the BBC. She is currently appearing up and down the country with Paul Lacey's Back To Basie Orchestra.

Jacqui's teaching credits include various summer schools and head of Jazz Vocal coaching at VOCALTECH London.

Tracks

{audio}A Child Is Born|jh-child.mp3{/audio}

{audio}Autumn Nocturne|jh-autumn.mp3{/audio}

{audio}The Nearness Of You|jh-nearness.mp3{/audio}