Nikki Iles & Friends Easy to Intermediate is a collection of 22 original compositions and new arrangements for piano written by Nikki Iles and her friends from the world of jazz. Expertly curated and commissioned by Nikki herself, this book contains piano pieces at Initial Grade to Grade 3 level written by some of the best-known figures on the jazz scene. Also including audio downloads of every piece, this book provides a wealth of new and original jazz piano music for those seeking to explore accessible jazz and world music repertoire, build a recital or a programme for ABRSM Performance Grades, or simply play for pleasure.
Award-winning jazz pianist and composer, Nikki Iles has worked and performed with a plethora of notable jazz musicians throughout her career. With over 30 CDs, she has been described as the ‘heroine of British jazz’. She has received composition commissions from the London Sinfonietta, National Youth Jazz Orchestra (featured at the BBC Proms) and UMO Jazz Orchestra in Helsinki, Finland, among others. Nikki has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to music, and has also won the Ivor Composer Award for jazz composition. She is professor of jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School, London and also gives masterclasses around the world. She has worked closely with ABRSM over a number of years, both as a composer and arranger, and in syllabus development.