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Nicole Yarling
Nicole Yarling  Biography
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Vocalist and violinist Nicole Yarling’s vast array of musical interests has resulted in an artist who defies categorization. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., the eclectic tastes of her father, a fine Jazz pianist and organist himself, included artists as diverse as Miles Davis, Etta James, J.J. Johnson, Stuff Smith, the Beatles and the Motown roster. Absorbing all of those great artists, and "jamming" on violin with her father from the age of nine, it was inevitable that she would embrace a career in music.

Aside from the familial influences, Nicole’s education is extensive, ranging from a BA in Music from Baruch College, to a Masters in Music Education at Columbia University, as well as private training in composition, arranging, voice and violin.

Moving to Florida in 1980, Ms. Yarling soon became an important contributor to South Florida’s musical world as a singer and violinist, working in Jazz, rock, r&b, experimental music, and a few other styles that defy description. Nicole’s musical excursions have brought about stints with Dizzy Gillespie and three years on tour as a featured soloist with Jimmy Buffett (1991-94). She also participated on Buffett’s platinum-selling CD "Fruitcakes" (MCA), and then went on to do eight worldwide tours with her own project, Little Nicky and the Slicks.

Although she possesses a rich velvety voice, great technique and plenty of personality, those attributes unfortunately are often not enough to succeed in the tough business of Jazz. Her big break came from no less a giant than the late, great Joe Williams, who took her under his wing and made her his own special project. Her first recording "Joe Williams Presents Nicole Yarling at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild" features two duets with the great singer with Nicole playing violin on one and singing on the other. Unfortunately Joe passed away before the CD was released, but his great traditions live on, preserved in part by his final protégé.

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