Karen Sharp has long been a busy freelance musician working alongside many top class British and American musicians such as Scott Hamilton, Sir John Dankworth, Danny Moss, Alan Barnes, Barbara Lea, Dick Sudhalter, Joe Temperley, Mark Nightingale, Annie Whitehead, Ellyn Rucker, Roy Williams, Tina May, Nikki Iles, Scott Robinson, Ken Peplowski and the great blues singer Elkie Brooks.
Recently releasing her third album for "33 Records" entitled "Wait And See". Karen has been busy playing in the UK and Europe and is now writing new material for her band, as well as collaborating with pianist Nikki Iles and planning her next album.
Bedfordshire-born Nikki Iles has progressed into the front rank of British jazz musicians. She began her career in the north of England as a founder member of The Creative Jazz Orchestra and composition continues to be a major part of her musical life. Playing highlights in the last couple of years have included The Julian Arguelles Octet, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Karen Sharp and Tina May.
Iles is one of the most refreshing and promising figures to have emerged in the UK in recent times,with a liquid sound and supple,obliquely resolved phrasing as an improviser...... " The Guardian
"..And Iles is a skillful improviser,although this is often eclipsed by her own bigger scale composition.But at London's Vortex on the opening show of a 14 date tour,Iles displayed the rhythmic suprises,shape shifting phrases,playful dialogue with partners and a mix of ruggedness and reflection that at times make her comparable with the great John Taylor. "The Guardian
"An intriguingly varied and very original programme and one which marked Iles as an arranger of considerable talent and as a gifted composer." The Times-review from the Purcell Room