Academy professor Nikki Iles leads the Academy Big Band in this socially distanced live recording from November 2020. This concert celebrating women in jazz features her own acclaimed large ensemble music alongside other pieces by leading jazz composers and arrangers from around the world.


Nikki Iles (b 1963)
Wild Oak

Maria Schneider (b 1960)

Choro Dançado

Nikki Iles
Caged Bird

Carla Bley (b 1936)

Step Mother

Maria Schneider
Dance You Monster to My Soft Song

Christine Jensen (b 1970)

Blue Yonder

Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981)

Nikki Iles

Red Ellen

Choro Dançado and Dance You Monster to My Soft Song are used by permission of Maria Schneider.

Scorpio by Mary Lou Williams is published by Modem Works Music Publishing administered by Bucks Music Group Limited. Used by permission.