b. 1961, Milltown, NJ, USA. Kikoski started playing piano at age six, prompted and trained by his dad, himself a part-time musician. While an adolescent, Kikoski was operating jazz gigs at different venues in NJ. He went to the Berklee University Of Music and during this time period performed locally as an associate of the trio that included Ira Coleman and Terri Lyne Carrington. After graduating from Berklee in 1984, Kikoski used many mentioned jazz music artists of your day and also caused the Woody Herman Alumni Music group. In particular, & most considerably, was an encounter with Roy Haynes who instantly hired him to get a Western tour. Kikoski spent 15 years with Haynes. After that time, he started another long-running stint, this time around using the Mingus Big Music group as well as the Charles Mingus Orchestra. Among several music artists with whom Kikoski spent some time working are Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Chick Corea, Peter Erskine, Al Foster, Tom Harrell, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, Joe Locke, Brian Lynch, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Chris Potter, Crimson Rodney, John Scofield, Mike Stern, and Toots Thielemans. Among regular people of his operating trio have already been bass players Avishai Cohen, Wayne Genus and John Patitucci, and drummers Billy Hart, Victor Lewis and Jeff W. In addition to varied homeland engagements, Kikoski offers toured Japan and Russia as innovator of his very own trio, and in 2001 he toured using the Brecker Brothers Acoustic Music group. He continued dealing with Haynes through the past due 90s and in to the early 00s. Furthermore to his playing, Kikoski can be a talented composer and arranger. His are an arranger contains several graphs of music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney within BeatleJazz, a trio he produced with bass participant Charles Fambrough and drummer Brian Melvin. Nevertheless, it is being a pianist that he’s best known, exhibiting astonishing technical service and brilliantly inventive improvisational presents. He’s also professional in the usage of various electronic key pad instruments.