'Often compared to Rickie Lee Jones . . . she shows amazing range and Polish!' -- LiveWire Rikki Rumball, one of Toronto's most versatile session singers, has found her niche: 2007 saw the release of Rikki's first full jazz album, a mix of standards and road-tested originals featuring A-list players from the bands of Molly Johnson, Holly Cole, Carol Welsman and Rob McConnell. The album's small big band setting suits Rikki just fine. 'I grew up with this music,' she says. 'My mother taught me how to dance to Count Basie and Louis Armstrong when I was eight years old! I've always known what swing was about. Now I feel like all my experience with audiences, with different bands, is coming together -- all the pieces fit. I can record George Gershwin or Harold Arlen beside originals and have it all make sense.' An accomplished singer, songwriter, vocal coach and producer with two gold records to her credit, Rikki appears regularly in a quintet setting at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York City. She has nurtured world-class talent, including Juno-nominated EMI artist Skye Sweetnam. 'Teaching really is rewarding,' she says. 'But nothing beats that feeling of being in the moment, onstage, surrounded by incredible players, singing something you really love.'