The Nicki Allan Project is a concept that began a year ago as a Piano Trio with Nicki on Piano and vocals, Josh Cavanna-Brierly on Double Bass and John Settle on the Drums, both are rhythm section guys from the Manhattan Sound Big Band. The rehearsals enabled the development of both new original material to emerge and re-workings of other music from wider eclectic sources, turning it into something fresher and edgier. Wether the sources were cult pop or Jazz, influential songs that made an impact on the group, the results delivered something exciting. To enhance this, the band took to the studio to make their first EP recording their first 4 songs and with the additional collaboration of Brass from good friends and respected Jazzers; Rod Mason, Joel Purnell and Ian Chalk, plus an arrangement or two from Honorary lifetime contribution to Jazz winner Ronnie Bottomley they produced a very respectable collection of tracks from which to launch the band. Cinnamon and Clove, a Samba song by Sergio Mendes, was the first song recorded, arranged by Ronnie, and was chosen for the first Video. Its very energetic and shows off the band’s strengths. The project, in a nutshell, is the trio nucleus plus guest support. Our next video, a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours is due out on video release early next year.