Nicole (Niki) Mitchell, jazz flutist
A Widely Praised Soloist (Chicago Tribune), Nicole (Niki) Mitchell is one of few African American women to take the path as a creative instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. Her life is dedicated to sharing the spiritual power of music in an effort to create visionary worlds and to bring healing. As a jazz flutist, she was recently recognized on the Downbeat Critics Poll as a Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.
She has performed in Bologna and Rome, Italy, and also in Liverpool and London, England and Aberdeen, Scotland. She has also performed in New York, Minneapolis, and at various festivals and art venues throughout the Midwest. In Chicago, she has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the African Festival of the Arts, the Chicago Symphony Center, The Chicago Cultural Center, the HotHouse and the Velvet Lounge.
Nicole Mitchell has performed with great musicians and composers including Ed Wilkerson, Leroy Jenkins, James Newton, Harrison Bankhead, Vincent Davis, Roscoe Mitchell, David Boykin, Ernest Dawkins, Malachi Favors, Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Fred Longberg-Holm, Josh Abrams, Douglas Ewart, Ari Brown, Joseph Jarman, Maggie Brown, Chad Taylor, Phil Nibloc, Michael Zerang and others. Nicole Mitchell has three recordings in which she is a featured soloist.
Mitchell leads her own group, Black Earth Ensemble, a forum for Mitchell compositions and creative vision. Black Earth recently released her debut album as composer and bandleader on the CD Vision Quest. (Dreamtime Records). She also performs with the David Boykin Expanse on flute and piccolo and co-leads PTSH!, an ensemble including Edward Wilkerson (tenor sax), Vincent Davis (percussion), and Harrison Bankhead (bass). As a composer, her newest work, Africa Rising: A Trilogy, was featured recently by Ernest Dawkins Live the Spirit Jazz Band and the Muntu Theater Drummers at Hamilton Park, Chicago.
Mitchell also plays classical and jazz flute for the New Black Reparatory Ensemble of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College. As an educator, Mitchell is a Professor of Flute at Chicago State University, a part-time Professor of Music for Northeastern Illinois University at the Center for Inner City Studies, and a teaching artist for Ravinias Integrational Arts program. Mitchell also teaches for the AACM School of Music. She is the proud mother of her seven-year-old daughter, Aaya.
Nicole (Niki) Mitchell