Easter Weekend brings one of the jazz world's hottest young singers to the Spencer Theater for a popping jazz performance April 23 at 7 p.m. Nikki Yanofsky hasn't yet graduated from high school, but she's gathered an impressive collection of recordings and awards since her debut at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival, where she wowed the audience with the Ella Fitzgerald classic, "It Don't Mean a Thing If it Ain't Got That Swing."
Nikki has recorded and performed with musical greats like Herbie Hancock, hip hop artist Wyclef Jean, Etta James, Diana Krall, Linda Ronstadt, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett and the cast of "Glee." Her tribute album, "Ella...Of Thee I Swing" won her Juno nominations (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for both New Artist of the Year and Vocal Jazz Album of the year.
The stunning musical prodigy was a featured artist at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Her performances at the opening and closing ceremonies were seen by an estimated worldwide audience of 3.2 billion. She is using her budding fame to raise money for relief in Haiti, recording with fellow Canadian artists to raise over $10 million.
Nikki Yanofsky is a young talent with a bright future. Appearing with her band, Rob Fahie on upright & electric bass, John Sadowy on piano & keyboards, Andy Dacoulis on guitar and Richard Irwin on drums, Nikki's performance at the Spencer is her last gig in the U.S. before launching a May and June concert tour in London, Manchester and Paris. Catch her act and earn bragging rights to say, "I saw her when...."
"She is from heaven and gives me hope for the future of music.", said Quincy Jones.
Excellent seats are available for $59 & $56. Call the Spencer Box Office t 575.336.4800 or go online to www.spencertheater.com for tickets.
Spencer Theater is a world-class performance hall located in the Sacramento Mountain settlement of Alto, about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso. Unique architecture, outstanding acoustics, intimate seating, and excellent artistry are the Spencer's celebrated features. The elegant, award-winning hall, which first raised its curtains in 1997, seats 514, with no seats farther than 67 feet from the 4,770 square-foot stage. The Spencer also has a 964 square-foot outdoor stage that can seat 1,500. From its Spanish mica-flecked limestone face to the crystal lobby, the building itself is a work of art. Free public tours are offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year.
Nikki Yanofsky is a 17?year?old musical prodigy. Since her debut at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival, where she won the hearts of the 100,000+ audience, Nikki has never looked back. Early accomplishments in her career were plentiful. At age 13, she was the youngest singer ever on a Verve Records release when she recorded Airmail Special for the Ella Fitzgerald tribute album We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song, alongside such musical luminaries as Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole. She began an ongoing collaboration with Marvin Hamlisch that has taken her across North America to perform with many esteemed symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. She also recorded the swing?era classic Stompin' At The Savoy with Grammy Award?winning artists Herbie Hancock and Will.i.am for Kareem Abdul?Jabbar's audio book, On the Shoulders of Giants. Also, in the realm of popular music, Nikki was asked to record Gotta Go My Own Way for Disney's smash hit High School Musical 2. The song was included in French and English on the Canadian release of the soundtrack, and in the bonus features of the worldwide DVD release. Nikki has also starred with renowned hip?hop artist Wyclef Jean on episodes of PBS' current version of The Electric Company and spent her fourteenth birthday at Carnegie Hall being broadcast internationally on PBS's youth talent showcase From the Top. In 2008, Nikki released Ella...Of Thee I Swing - a live CD/DVD package recorded in Montreal. Garnering critical acclaim and gold-level sales, it earned Nikki two Juno nominations, New Artist of the Year and Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
Most recently, Nikki was a featured artist at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games held in Vancouver. Performing at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics as well as the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, Nikki was introduced to a world?wide audience estimated at 3.2 billion people. Nikki was also chosen to sing I Believe, the anthem for Canadian spirit during the Olympics. Written by Stephan Moccio (Celine Dion) and Alan Frew (Glass Tiger), this song quickly became a #1 hit on iTunes Canada and the Billboard Canada Top 100 chart. The single had the highest first?week sales of any Canadian artist in SoundScan history and was certified quadruple?platinum, making Nikki the youngest artist to ever achieve quadruple-platinum status in Canada. That same week, Ella... of Thee I Swing went back to the top of the iTunes Canada Jazz Albums Chart and her single I Got Rhythm went to the top of the iTunes Canada Jazz Songs Chart. This was the first time since the inception of digital downloading that an artist has held these #1 positions concurrently.