A taste of what people are saying:
"Ms. Collins plays trumpet and flugelhorn like a twenty-first century Miles Davis"
Derek Ansell - Jazz Journal International
"...one of the best out there on the current trumpet community. Your section playing, tone, control, and solo chops, outstanding!!"
"Her phrasing, sound and lyricism remind me of great singers. For me, that is one of the best compliments that I could give to any trumpet player!"
Kiku Collins has established herself at the heights of pop, jazz and R&B. This former “Jersey Girl” followed music on a journey out of her small town and onto the biggest stages in the world. According to Jazz Journal International, “Ms. Collins plays trumpet and flugelhorn like a twenty-first century Miles Davis.”
Collins has performed with Beyonce, Michael Bolton, Jill Scott, Nick Lowe, Gloria Gaynor, Train, et al. She’s performed on the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Rachel Ray Show, The View, the Black Girls Rock Awards on BET, Ellen Degeneres, the Grammys, in addition to appearances at several international jazz festivals.
Collins boasts two recordings as a leader, to her credit. Innova Records said about her debut recording, “Here With Me” that “Kiku puts a flugelhorn to her lips and animals come to listen, it's so sweet.” Her newest recording, “Red Light” showcases her unique abilities as composer, performer and producer and includes notable guest performances by Michael Lington and Al Chez.
Collins has played leading roles in the off-broadway productions, “Fire Island” and “Degeneracy” with 3 Legged Dog. She has also appeared in commercials for Metro PCS, Marshall’s, VH1, and NY Sports Clubs. And most recently, as the character Loretta and trumpet player in Paul Levine's production, "Big Maybelle" starring Lillias White - which is being pitched for a Broadway run in the near future.
Collins continues to keep a busy schedule as a performer and clinician for Getzen Musical Instruments and spends much of her time creating new music in her recording studio. Legendary trumpeter Mike Vax said of Ms. Collins,“Her phrasing, sound and lyricism remind me of great singers. For me, that is one of the best compliments that I could give to any trumpet player!”
Noun Drop, the short list.
Beyonce, Michael Bolton, Jill Scott, Train, Nick Lowe, Mary J. Blige, Al Chez, Gloria Gaynor, Kwame, Blue Six, Ben E. King, Shontelle, Monica, Ledisi, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Fantasia, VV Brown, Kelly Price, Marsha Ambrosius, Dave Wakeling, Sami Yaffa, Jill Sobule, Davy Jones, Rodney Mack/RMPBB, Dave Mason, Peter Erskine, Walter White, Robert Gordon, Jonathan Richmond, and on...
Royal Albert Hall – London, Budokahn – Japan, Yonge-Dundas Square – Toronto, Canada, Brighton Dome – London, Chicago Theater, Earl’s Court – London, Reliant Stadium – Houston, National Arena – Jamaica, Lincoln Center – NY, Asser Levy Park – NY, Irving Plaza - NY, Webster Hall - NY, Highline Ballroom - NY, House of Blues - LV and NC...
Headlining Soloist: The Brass Group in Palermo, Italy, The Seacily Jazz Festival in Palermo, Italy, and Durham Brass Festival, UK ...
Actress: leading roles in 2 off Broadway shows in NYC (Fire Island and Degeneracy)...
Actress on TV: Commercials for Metro PCS/Rhapsody, Marshalls Department Store, VH1, NY Sports Clubs ...
Musician on TV: Oprah, Grammy’s, America Music Awards, World Music Awards, Today Show, Black Girls Rock Awards on BET, BET Music Awards, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Rachael Ray Show, Fashion Rocks, The View, Tyra Banks Show, BBC, TRL on VH1, NY1
Beyonce "Countdown" Music Video (Trumpet), Beyonce "Irreplaceable" Music Video (Trumpet), Beyonce "Green Light" Music Video (Trumpet/Trombone), Michael Bolton "Live at Royal Albert Hall" DVD (Trumpet and Vocals), Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata "Something Good" Music Video (Trumpet), Holidelic "Sugar Rump Fairies" Music Video, Paul Mitchell Trade Video (Model), The Studio TV pilot (Actor), Degeneracy, leading role (Actor and musician) in 3LD multimedia production, "Hiroko" in Fire Island by Charles Mee for 3 Legged Dog (Actor)
PBS, Sprite, Hawaiian Punch, Corn Nuts, Hot Jobs, ABC Nightline, Checkers, Miller, Sony, HBO Latin, Etrade, Nicotel, Visa, Burger King, Ten Pin Alley, Isotoner, Ikea, Carefree, Phillips, Wisk, Certs, History Channel.... and others.
Clinics and Masterclasses:
International Womens Brass Conference (2012), University of Alaska, Fairbanks (2012), International Trumpet Guild (2011), State Univerity of New York, Geneseo (2012), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (2011), Bemidji State University, Minnesota (2011), Outer Banks Trumpet Retreat (2011), New York Trumpet Day (2008), District 75 NYC (2007), PS11 NYC (2007)
- Trumpet Lessons
Private lessons are available for students via SKYPE, given my busy travel schedule. If you are in the NYC area, I may be able to see you at your location, my studio, or in a local studio for an additional fee.
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