Though her career has taken her well beyond the jazz circuit, Niki Haris’s roots are are in the jazz circuit, but her career has taken her well beyond it. The daughter of Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Gene Haris, Niki and her father released two albums and a live CD before his death in 2000. Carrying on his legacy in jazz, she’s released solo albums, toured Europe with her jazz quartet, and starred in the touring production of “Billie & Me,” a celebration of the life of Billie Holiday. In addition to 18 years of recording and touring with Madonna, Niki has lent her voice to projects of Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Patrice Rushen, Michael Sembello, Leann Rimes, Michelle Branch, Santana, Kylie Minogue, Luther Vandross, All Saints, Wilton Felder of the Jazz Crusaders, Stanley Turrentine, the Righteous Brothers, Julian Lennon, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger and Whitney Houston. She’s also been featured in the soundtracks of Corrina Corrina, The Big Green, Coyote Ugly and 20th Century Fox’s Anastasia. Meanwhile, she’s pursued other artistic passions with great success as well, including staging scenes for Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, choreographing for the television series Melrose Place,” and appeared with in Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Heat.