Bickley Rivera

Bickley Rivera

 Tampa, Florida, USA
BandJazzAdult Contemporary

Steelpan & Keyboard smooth jazz and chill recording artist Bickley Rivera eminates soothing sounds and velvety vocals, ingrediants to help listeners relax and chill. Appealing music for all ages and especially for Paul Hardcastle, Sade and Rick Braun fans.

Biography

On her aptly titled national recording debut Chillin’ After Five, composer and multi-instrumentalist Bickley Rivera brings a fresh taste of Caribbean flair to the contemporary jazz scene with a unique instrument – the tenor steelpan. Blending the seductive tropical vibe of pan and keys with harmonies and featured solos on guitar and sax, the Tampa Bay based artist runs the stylistic gamut from pop to jazz funk to Brazilian to reggae. Mastering the arts of chillout and nu jazz, Bickley's Chillin’ After Five includes guest appearances by several prominent international recording artists, including Dutch saxophonist/flutist Praful (best known for his #1 instrumental hit “Sigh”); Magrus Borges, drummer for bossa nova singer Bebel Gilberto; and renowned saxophonist Ed Calle.

One of Bickley's pre-release singles from the album, "Groovin' In Rio", was featured regularly on CBS's WRCH 100.5FM radio in Southern New England and has been heard around the world in over 50 countries - including, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, UK, Bahamas and US. Other tracks have been featured on The Weather Channel (TV), resorts/spas and hotels in Switzerland, Muzak around the globe, and internet, satellite and digital radio programs.

Rivera's performances demonstrate the chill concept she created from her island experiences and transport the listener to a place of euphoria. "It only took me 30 seconds of hearing her music to decide that this was a music group I wanted to be part of" says David Nunez, drummer for Bickley's Nujazz group. She has performed in New England, Midwest, Florida and Bahamas.

"Bickley Rivera’s remarkably inventive and revolutionary vibe on “Chillin’ After Five” takes the pans into a more mainstream pop-jazz context with more exotic twists than the limes on the tropical bar counter. As if her stylistic diversity wasn’t enough—she grooves in Ibiza, jams in Brazil and lets you relax with some of the tastiest chill music I’ve ever heard.” –Jonathan Widran

“The perfect combination of tropical summer sounds of the Caribbean mixed in with funky groovin melodies of smooth jazz. An incredible talent." - Mary Ann Wexler, US Smooth Jazz

“Her music is ground-breaking!” - Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, Big Blend Radio, Green Valley, AZ

Discography

Chillin' After Five album released in 2010; Single "Groovin' in Rio", "Chillin' After Five", "Pan Funk", "Take Me Away" and "Dreams of Ibiza" featured on radio and internet streams in over 50 countries worldwide. Single "Endless Journey" released in late 2010 featured on TV in January & February 2011.

Set List

SET ONE
Chillin’ After Five
West Tampa
Callie
Bullseye
Moving Song
I Get Lifted
Dreams of Ibiza
Café Con Leche
Sending My Love
Nothing Can Come Between Us
Aint No Sunshine
Cool Like That

SET TWO
Bueno Funk
Take Me Away
Spanish Morning
Endless Journey
Bouncin’ Back
Got to be Love
Nosotros Locos
No Ordinary Love
Step into my Lounge
Workin’ Day and Night

SET THREE
Groovin’ in Rio
Unity
MacFarlin Park
Engage in the Universe
Love Me Now
Songbird
Moments in Love
I’m Gonna Love You
Pan Funk