Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Nikara Warren began playing vibraphone at age 14. Though mostly self taught, she studied with her grandfather, Kenny Barron and vibraphonist Stefon Harris. Ms. Warren received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2010. After after receiving her degree in Music Business/Management, Nikara spent years working at Sony in the copyright department. When she realized she missed playing terribly Nikara began composing again, and was able to become an alumna of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead class of 2013 and 2014.
Nikara is currently working on her debut album, and can be seen playing with vocalist Charanee Wade, and pianist Kenny Barron.
In the early 1900s America’s most affluent Black neighborhood boasted over 600 Black owned businesses, including schools, markets and hospitals. Although Greenwood, Oklahoma’s population was destroyed by local rioting Whites (including the KKK, police force and National Guard) in one of this country’s largest and most unspoken massacres of our history, Nikara Warren pays tribute to Black Wall Street in attempt to create an open discussion for all people about supporting people of color in business, education and the arts.