BIG MUSIC from this Mini Orchestra.
ORCA is a Funky Jazz/R & B quartet led by award winning JazzYorkshire vocalist and pianist/ Nordist. Nicki Allan. Complimented by and featuring some of the North’s finest musicians – Drummer Caroline Boaden, Bass Guitarist Garry Jackson and charismatic Saxophonist frontman Rod Mason.
The music could be mistaken for slightly pastiche, reminiscent of the golden years of psycadelic 70’s Funk, yet the sound is fresh, in your face, modern, driving, and full of energy.
The inspiration for the music comes directly from the famous Funk masters Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, Gil Scott Heron & Jeff lorber to name a few, but the band also write their own material and have released their first EP earlier this year called ‘Mind your Own Business’ available only at gigs presently and via email through the website nickiallan.com
We wanted the music to stand out as a Jazz/R&B/ fusion & sought to bring that concept to life. The songs evolves each time we perform as we grow into the music and after 2 years of gently working at it, we feel so much stronger as a unit and able to deliver great, improvised music to the Jazz loving public. We are still writing and having fun with this project and watching it continue to evolve.
Watch out for new gigs on the website for next year.