Nikki Armstrong has been compared to Anita O'Day, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. Noted for soulful interpretations of material from standards to rock, Nikki strives to perform every song "in the now" and never the same way twice.
She has studied music and voice in Boston, LA, and New York; most notably with Hal Schaefer (Peggy Lee, Marilyn Monroe). After writing and doing session work in Los Angles and Sydney, Australia, Nikki decided to change her focus to live performance. This took her to New York City.
Nikki has been performing in the New York Tri-State area for the past 15 years, with her bands, Whole Lotta Blues (blues/rock/funk) and The Nikki Armstrong Project (jazz/blues). Nikki has performed and recorded with Melvin Sparks (Acid Jazz Guitarist), Les Paul (Father of the Electric Guitar), and many others. She has opened for The Commitments, Joan Osborne, Dave Mason, Dickey Betts, Hubert Sumlin, Ivan Neville's Dumpstafunk, John Tropea Band, Johnny A, Coco Montoya, Cornell Dupree, Parliament Funkadelic, has performed in the Florida Keys, on Caribbean Cruise ships, and can be seen regularly at BB King Blues Club in Times Square.
An important voice in the New York area Blues and Jazz scene, Nikki served on the Board of Directors of the New York Blues & Jazz Society for over 8 years as Musician Liaison. During that time, Nikki coordinated, performed, and produced shows at Birdland, B.B. King's Blues Club, and Sirius Radio in NYC.
In 2007, Nikki became the on-air show host of Blues in the Grooves, broadcasting every Wednesday afternoon on WFDU 89.1FM, www.wfdu.fm. During that time, Nikki produced a number of live radio and internet video broadcasts featuring notable blues & jazz musicians, live tribute shows, and benefit shows for the victims of Katrina in New Orleans.
Nikki has five independent CD releases...Blues and Jazz, Live at B.B. King's, Turnin' & Burnin', New, Borrowed & Blue and the latest 2012 release Now and Then.
Most recently, Nikki has resumed touring outside of the New York area. In 2012 she played to packed houses in France and was also inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
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