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Nikki Whitaker Malley rose out of the corn fields of Indiana to study music at Knox College under the tutelage of Scott Garlock. She remained in Galesburg after graduation, playing with the Dave Lowry Defenestration Quartet until academia once again called her to campus. She received her M.A. in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis, and has returned to central Illinois to direct the jazz program at Knox College. Nikki directs the Knox College Jazz Ensemble, the Cherry St. combo, and plays with the Defenstration Quartet on alternating Sundays at the Seminary St. Pub in Galesburg. (With hearttfelt thanks to Rob Smith.)

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