International jazz & cabaret vocalist Nikki Dee has been performing in the greater Seattle area since 2003. As winner of the 2017 Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition, she performed at the Kobe-Shinkaichi Jazz Queen Vocalist Contest in Kobe, Japan, in addition to performances at Kobe’s renowned Sone Jazz Club and historic Shushinkan Sake Brewery.
Nikki’s signature style includes timeless songs from around the world in their original languages, performed in an eclectic variety of styles. She can be found fronting several projects in the Seattle & Portland areas, including the Nikki Dee Jazz Quartet; Brazilian music duo Nikki & Kiko (with guitarist Kiko Freitas); French & European cabaret act Les Gigis (with accordionist Bonnie Birch); and her “tropical jazz” band, Blue Hawaiian.
Born and raised in Hawaii in a multi-ethnic family and community, Nikki’s tastes in music were distinctly shaped by her upbringing. She got her start in musical theater, spent her last year of high school in France, and later studied opera and vocal jazz in college… But it was her love of language that won out, and she ended up graduating with degrees in French and German (not to mention a semester studying Italian in Rome).
Journey around the world with Nikki’s latest Brazil-inspired album, “Estrada do Sol,” with songs performed in Portuguese, French, Spanish & English.