In the past several years, we have been privileged to invite amazing artists-in-residence to be part of our HH Jazz Camp family. Even though they are not able to attend every summer, they left an incredible legacy with the students that they worked with. Here are some of our distinguished faculty alumni:
Nicki Parrott (vocals, bass)
Artist in Residence 2013-2019
Nicki performs regularly on Monday nights at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City as part of the legendary Les Paul Trio. Nicki was Les Paul’s bassist and vocalist for over 10 years. In addition to performing at most of the world’s top jazz festivals, Nicki has performed with such jazz greats as Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Rebecca Paris, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle & the New York Pops Orchestra, Harry Allen, Michel Legrand, Marlena Shaw, Mike Stern, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Scott Hamilton, Larry Carlton and Victor Wooten.
In 2012 Nicki released Sakura, Sakura (Spring), Summertime, Autumn Leaves and Winter Wonderland on Venus Records. Nicki’s 2008 CD release (Venus Records), Fly Me To The Moon and 2007 CD release (Venus Records), Moon River were voted Swing Journal Magazine Critic’s Poll, “Best Jazz Vocal Album.“ For more information on Nicki Parrott, please visit her website at www.nickiparrott.com
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With expressive elegance, Nicki Parrott has charmed audiences worldwide with her delightful performances showcasing her dynamic voice and commanding musicianship.
Charlton Singleton (trumpet)
Artist in Residence 2014-2016
Charlton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. Currently, he is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; a 20 piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, SC.
As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States. In addition to performing, he is in demand as a speaker, composer, and arranger. He has also shared the stage with and/or worked with some of most talented entertainers in the world. Recently, he was awarded a Grammy with his internationally touring band Ranky Tanky. Outside of music and entertainment, he is a devoted husband and proud father of two.
Aimee Nolte (vocals, piano)
Guest Artist 2017-2019
Aimee Nolte is quickly becoming a highly sought after educator in the jazz community, since launching her YouTube channel, Aimee Nolte Music. Aimee has had the opportunity to perform in the past with greats such as John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Frank Vignola, Lenny White, and most recently, the Aimee Nolte Trio (with Mike Scott and Roger Shew), and her duo, “Skirt & Suit (with Joshua Payne on guitar) with regular gigs around the LA area. She spent a 10 day stint as an instructor for the renowned vocal coach David Braid’s VocalizeU camp in Malibu during the summer of 2016 and continues to teach clinics and master classes to students who want to learn to scat sing like serious jazz musicians and take their improvisation game to the next level. She joined us for the first time at the 2017 Hilton Head Jazz Camp as a 2-day guest artist teaching vocal masterclasses, a marketing class, performing at the Jazz Corner lunch and at a private evening event.