"Denner herself is a super strong pianist, and her arrangements are full of rhythmic order; when she’s improvising she brings a ton of harmony and time to her blowing."

Peter Watrous -


Pianist/composer Nicki Denner has performed with Sheila E., Savion Glover, Doc Severinsen, as well other jazz and Latin artists in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Ms. Denner has released three CDs under her own name. Her trio recording, "Moliendo Café", was named one of the "Top Ten Picks of 2006" in Latin Beat Magazine. “El Médico de Coquí” featuring Julian Llanos (former singer with Latin music legend Arsenio Rodriguez) spent six months in Latin Beat Magazine's Top 20 Hit Parade. Her debut solo piano recording, “Daydream” was released in early 2014 to critical acclaim.


She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theatre and the United Nations.  As a composer, she has written music for award-winning film as well as the New Jersey Tap Ensemble.

Along with composing and performing, Nicki is a devoted educator. As well as having a private teaching studio, she has served on the piano faculty of the Stanford University Summer Jazz Workshop, the Montclair State University Jazz Prep Summer Program, the New York City Tap Festival, the New Jersey Tap Festival and is also a contributor to Keyboard Magazine.


Nicki is the Musical Director for Cocomama.