"Somehow, being away from home frees you up from the usual hangups about your own playing and makes you more willing to experiment. I learnt a lot of important principles here that stay with me today. Burned into my memory are visions of late night jams and french wine."
Nikki Iles is Senior Lecturer of Jazz Studies at Middlesex University. She has been commissioned to compose for BBC Radio 3 and for guitarist John Williams. As a performer she has played piano with Kenny Wheeler and the Mike Gibbs Orchestra and writes and arranges for Tina May.
Find out more about Nikki Iles at http://www.nikkiiles.co.uk/