About the Bands
From cozy cocktail conversation to fireside or poolside rendezvous, Sip•in•Time provides the groove and the mood! This small, acoustic combo features easy-breezy, sweet 'n sultry tunes that can be customized to suit the needs of your event, space, budget, and taste.
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Lead by vocalist Nikki Steen and bassist Larry Steen, the groups also bring soul to funky pop, rock and jazz standards. The world class band members have performed with such legendary artists as Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osborne, Michael McDonald, Patti Austin, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé, to name a few.
Sip•in•Time and Sip of Soul have performed in numerous luxury hotels, wineries, upscale lounges and night clubs, including The Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel Air, Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons Calistoga, Hotel Casa del Mar, Shutters on the Beach, Loews Hollywood Hotel, The Resort at Pelican Hill, Bel Air Bay Club, 208 Rodeo Restaurant, The Mint, Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge, Le Grand Restaurant, Seventy7 Lounge, and The Copa Night Club Palm Springs, amongst many others. In addition to these engagements, all individual band members have vast experience performing at private parties and events, locally and on tour, live and in the studio.
Nikki has contributed lead and background vocals for countless bands and productions - both live and in studio settings, has sung and danced in many large-scale musical theater productions, performed in multiple lounges, restaurants and private parties locally, and has toured Europe, the South Pacific and the Caribbean making music. Her career evolved out of extensive training and work not only as a vocalist, but as an actress and dancer in Los Angeles. She is a long-time member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity with numerous film and television credits, earned a scholarship from the popular and prestigious Duprée Dance Academy in Los Angeles and has segued that expertise and other training into work in the fitness industry (Steenfit.me.) Sip•in•Time / Sip of Soul is her first self-produced project, and she is thrilled to collaborate with her husband, bassist Larry Steen, arranging, writing and making music that comes from the "soul."
Larry's accomplishments include two award-winning, world jazz releases First Move and View From Afar (LarrySteen.com) - solo projects which feature Ernie Watts, Dave Weckl, Robben Ford and Russell Ferrante. He has also recorded on a plethora of other artists' albums, as well as for film, TV and radio, including the nationally syndicated, radio show Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. In addition, he has performed with world-renown artists Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Barry Manilow, Melissa Manchester and Jimmy Buffet, among others. Larry’s formal education includes a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS), as well as a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami after attending the Berklee College of Music. He is a first place winner of the esteemed International Society of Bassists’ Jazz Competition.