Since coming to New York in 2003, Abigail Riccards is already making a name for herself. Last summer, she toured the middle-east, playing a week tour in Yemen for the United States State Department. In 2004 Abigail was selected to be a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition, where she competed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. She has also won two Downbeat awards; the first for outstanding collegiate vocalist in 2002, more recently for outstanding collegiate vocal jazz group (lead singer, 2004). In 2000, she was also selected to participate in the Jazz in July workshop at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and competed in the 2006 Fish Middleton Competition. Abigail has played with renowned talents such as Mulgrew Miller, David Berkman, Dena DeRose, Carl Allen, Lonnie Plaxico, George Duke, Adam Kolker, Matt Wilson, Ben Allison,Steve LaSpina, Ron Horton and Michael Kanan. She has been the opening act for several jazz greats including Kenny Werner, Jean Toots Thielemans and Joe Lovano. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Abigail sings in and around New York City, at such familiar venues that include Sweet Rhythm, Smoke, the Kitano, Detour, Marie's Jazz Bar, Cornelia St. Cafe, Kavehaz, the Blue Water Grill and Trumpets in Montclair. She recently recorded her debut album with David Berkman, Ben Allison, Matt Wilson, Adam Kolker, Ron Horton, Lage Lund, Rogerio Boccato and produced by Dena DeRose. Abigail currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. In 2006 she completed the graduate studies program at William Paterson University, studying jazz vocal performance.