Nikki King & Marcus Ford
Smoky jazz duo are midnight movers
This article is from 2007.
Singer Niki King has covered a lot of ground in stylistic terms, but her work with guitarist Marcus Ford has been the strand most deeply rooted in a mainstream jazz approach. This gig is part of their current promotion of a new duo album bearing the self-explanatory title of Twelve O’Clock Tales, and the music will reflect that late-night vibe. Although they have performed together for a decade, it is the first time they have recorded an album as a duo.
Niki was always aware of jazz through her father, singer Freddie King, but began her own career in funk and soul. ‘I really got back into a jazz sound with Marcus, and that was ideal for me, because it let me work with him in developing a sound that was different from my dad and different from the records I listened to, but was my own.’
Brunton Theatre, 665 2240, 15 Aug, 7.30pm, £13 (£10.50).