ABC Jazz Home > Programs > Jessica Nicholas

Jessica Nicholas

Jessica Nicholas ABC Jazz
Page added Dec 1, 2011 Updated Mar 1, 2016

Jessica ranges widely across the jazz spectrum, with an emphasis on contemporary artists and current releases from Australia and abroad. On-air Thursday at 2pm, repeated Sunday at noon.

Jessica has a particular interest in European jazz, where some of the most interesting developments in jazz are taking place. She is also fascinated by the way jazz and improvised music are influenced by other musical forms such as classical and world music.

Latest Episode

Thu 26 May 2:00pm
Sun 29 May 12:00pm

Sampling music from the Miles Davis biopic, 'Miles Ahead,' with new music by pianist Robert Glasper. The film is set to screen here in June.

Recent Episodes

Thu 19 May 2:00pm
Sun 22 May 12:00pm

Pianist Nik Bartsch has reconvened his '90s acoustic group, Mobile, adding strings to enrich the music's trance-like rhythms on 'Continuum.'

Cecile McLorin Salvant
Thu 12 May 2:00pm
Sun 15 May 12:00pm

The phenomenal US vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant is coming to Australia for the first time to perform at the inaugural 'Sydney Sings' fest.

Thu 5 May 2:00pm
Sun 8 May 12:00pm

Melbourne pianist & composer Tony Gould is the subject of a new documentary exploring Gould's music and his thoughts on jazz and creativity.

Thu 28 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 3 Apr 12:00pm

Like the title of his new album, Arclight, Julian Lage's talent seems to burn more brightly with every recording the guitarist puts out.

Thu 21 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 24 Apr 12:00pm

John Scofield is one of a handful of high-profile US artists heading to Oz over the next couple of months, performing both festival & clubs.

Thu 14 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 17 Apr 12:00pm

After winding up a marathon world tour last year, Pat Metheny went into the studio to film a fresh performance with his hybrid Unity Group.


On Apr 18, 2016. 2:56pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica

Last night (Sunday 17/4) at Uptown Jazz Cafe we experienced for the first time the huge talent of Mirko Guerrini on saxophones.
The compositions were amazing and we won't be missing out the next time this trio of Grabowsky/Guerrini/Schauble performs.
A pity they performed to such a small audience.
Kind Regards
Frank and Diane

On Mar 2, 2016. 4:57pm

Hi Zulya,
Thanks very much for sending me the new album - I did receive it, and played a track from it ('Somewhere') on Feb 18.
All the best,

On Feb 11, 2016. 1:06pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica,
Zulya here. I hope you are well. I sent you the new book/album by Zulya and The Children of the Underground. I hope you received it as you haven't responded to my emails lately.
Let me know please. Thank you.


On Nov 20, 2015. 12:14pm
ABC Jazz said

Hi Chris, we'll pass this on to Jessica.

Feel free to post CDs to 'ABC Jazz' - GPO Box 9994, Sydney, 2001.


On Nov 19, 2015. 11:09am
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica
I love your show! Good to catch up at Wangaratta if briefly! I'm trying to find an email or postal address for you or the program. My new album Not My Lover is being released December 1st. Would love to send you one!
regards, Chris

From the Media Release:
Pianist Chris Cody’s new album Not My Lover is a potent blend of music styles celebrating Cody’s love of jazz and classical music and the influences of French, African and Arab music from the years Chris was based in Paris.

“This album is a tribute to Paris, the town I love, and its people. I moved to Paris in my early 20s, living in the centre of town for many years. I fell in love with its cafés, bars, and history soaked streets, its nonchalant people with all their attitude and healthy disdain for outsiders, their sense of humour and constant willingness to discuss and have an opinion on anything and everything.

I met and played with all sorts of people from many diverse backgrounds – European, African, Arab, Asian or American - all with their own unique experience and story to share and all united by their love of France.”

The album features some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians - Karl Laskowski, Brendan Clarke, and James Waples and crowns a successful year for Chris after concert tours in France, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.
It has been beautifully recorded at Linear Studios in Sydney with sparkling mastering by Michael Lynch and superb photos and artwork by Paul Faure-Brac.

Chris’s music marries contemporary urban grooves with originality, warmth, lyricism and humour and has received rave reviews from the critics and seduced a wide and diverse public around the world.
Album available 1 December 2015 in all good record stores, Readings, Birdland and www.chriscody.com

On Jul 19, 2015. 12:35pm
Anonymous said

Re Gian Slater & other Australian female jazz vocalists such as Shelly Scown - sorry about the likely spelling error.
Question:- why do so many of our singers have thin, reedy, little girl voices? Over the last decade plus the only Oz female jazz vocalists to capture my attention are Tina Harrod, Lily Dior and Christine Sullivan and Christine has vocal interests other than jazz. Sorry, Gian is the latest trigger for my comment. Cheers, Andrew

ps would love to hear some Les McCann from his Pacific Jazz years

On May 1, 2015. 6:37am
jk22 said

Jazz is such a Remedy for tired wrought senses if find.
Whilst I've long listened to Jazz on the ABC I lose track of who's who!
So just wanted to say how much I like turning on and enjoying so much wonderful or amazing music - especially when I'm ironing or cooking!
May I ask who presented Jazztrack before Mal Stanley?

On Apr 30, 2015. 1:02pm
Anonymous said

Piano legend Bob Sedergreen will present a master class in the Old Castlemaine Gaol on Saturday 6 June 2015.
The master class is part of the Castlemaine Jazz Festival on Queen's Birthday Weekend, 5-7 June.

On Apr 10, 2015. 8:53am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks Julian!

We really loved the new album. Hope to see you down under soon!!

On Apr 9, 2015. 11:33pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica, Julian Argüelles here. Just wanted to thank you for playing a track from the new CD "Let it be Told". It's out 27th April. My manager, and wife, Cathie Rae will be hooking up with the Australian stand at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany (www.jazzahead.de) this month too. I hope to tour in Australia in 2016 / 17 with my quartet, Tetra.

Best wishes from London.


On Apr 9, 2015. 3:47pm
brentles said

Hi Jess! Was just flicking thru the channels and heard your program; great to hear your voice!


On Feb 22, 2015. 3:52am
Anonymous said

love your voice

On Feb 22, 2015. 12:08am
Anonymous said

Hi Jess
Bises de Paris

On Jan 13, 2015. 12:45pm
joannejzg said

Hola Jessica,

Perhaps a group of interest? Brisbane grown group "Cleon's Three" launching their original Cuban-Jazz album "Techni-colour Rain". Touring nationally in Feb, playing Brisbane Jazz Club, Melbourne's Bennett's Lane, NIMA and more.
Originals by Cleon Barraclough (Piano) and Sacha K (Drums) completed with slick bass playing by Cuban international musical director/composer for stage show "Ballet Revolucion", Osmar "Chiki" Salazar.

Demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju1u0F1aqNE
Tour - http://www.cleon.com.au/gigs-tours/
More info - cleon.com.au

Jo Anne | joanne@jzg.com.au

On Jan 12, 2015. 9:49pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica,

Julia Messenger will be hosting her second Sunday Soiree in her private studio in Brunswick on the 25th January at 5pm. Julia will be accompanied by award winning jazz pianist Andrea Keller and tickets include a complimentary champagne and nibbles for a relaxing sunday of song and conversation with Julia.

You can read a review of the first soiree and find tickets on Julia's website www.juliamessenger.com.

Feel free to get in touch if you would like more info or a track or two!



On Aug 12, 2014. 10:51am
ABC Jazz said

Hi Ben Perrim,
We can jump in on behalf of Jessica Nicholas and we'll send you an email too.
Thanks for the info about Bellingen Jazz, all the best with the festival!
ABC Jazz team.

On Aug 11, 2014. 5:30am

Hi jessica

after recent appointment to organise this regional event- i am eager to expand its audience. with the jazz fans very well catered for, now with a large and diverse range of influences on offer- the event is platforming enormous musical profile/calibre and also many younger musicians.... however it is facing uncertain future.
To maintain relevance and continue to cover costs for the nonprofit community event -the event is taking risk to broadening its scope and hopefully demographic in attendance. can you please advise the best person to contact regarding any opportunity for promotion through your station for this year or beyond.

With a pool of some of the best in the country-
Essentially this iconic community run event needs further support to promote the beautiful experience on offer in Bellingen- risking the loss of another community event in Bellingen & the north coast region.

Please include any of the gig guide details below .

Thank you for any considerations.

Gig Guide Details:

Event: Bellingen Jazz music Festival
title: 25 years sustained intensity
Event date: 15,16,17 august
Festival duration: 3days
Website: www.bellingenjazzfestival.com.au
Music styles: Jazz (all styles), blues, Funk, gypsy/ manouche, theatre show, brazillian choro & more.

all regards,
Ben Perrim
Event Coordinator.
25th Bellingen Jazz Festival
15-16–17 August 2014

On Jun 16, 2014. 12:29pm
jwhiter said

Thanks Jessica. You're a legend! I'm sure others will also be enlightened by this.



On Jun 16, 2014. 11:38am
ABC Jazz said

Hi John,

Thanks for your message. Yes, it was a special concert, wasn't it? Here is the full set list:

Song My Lady Sings
Dorotea's Studio
Maria Carmella
Hymn to the Mother
Where Are You
Sweet Georgia Bright

All the best,

On Jun 14, 2014. 4:10pm
jwhiter said

Hello Jessica. I just read your Age review of the Charles Lloyd trio concert a fortnight ago at the Melbourne recital Centre, a fine review that captured the atmosphere on the night. And helpful too - as you said, Charles uttered not a word throughout which meant we often had little idea what he was playing. I did recognise "Sweet Georgia Bright" and "Ramanujan"/"Tagi"/"Hymn to the Mother" but your review got me "Homage" and "Maria Carmela". I still have no idea, though, what the first encore was, a really lovely ballad that's been playing in my head ever since. A standard? And I didn't recognise either of the two pieces that followed "Homage". I've searched my fairly extensive collection of Charles Lloyd CDs but I'm still none the wiser. Maybe you picked up on all these and if you did I'd love to know.

Thanks for your Thursday program on ABCJazz and also for your occasional but always informative contributions to Andrew Ford's Saturday morning show on RN.


John Whiter

On Jun 13, 2014. 4:05pm
Anonymous said

Hello Jessica. I have just read your Age review of the Charles Lloyd Trio concert a fortnight ago. Not just a fine review of a great concert but helpful too - as you said Charles didn't say a word so we could only guess at what he was playing. I picked the second encore, "Sweet Georgia Bright", and "Ramanujan"/"Tagi"/"Hymn to the Mother" but you got "Homage" and "Maria Carmela" for me. I wonder though if you picked up on the ballad that he played for the first encore which has been playing in my head ever since? - a standard? There were also two pieces after Homage that I didn't recognize and haven't been able to track down in my fairly extensive collection of Charles Lloyd CDs. Any clues?

Thanks, too, for your program on ABCJazz and also for your occasional contributions to Andrew Ford's Saturday morning show

Kind regards,


On May 10, 2014. 8:44am
Anonymous said

Thanks so much Jessica for your thoughtful, accurate article on the wonderful Charles Lloyd in today's edition of 'The Age'. I've admired Charles immensely ever since hearing his gorgeous track 'Tagore', from his stunning album 'Charles Lloyd in Europe' which I first encountered back in - I think - 1969. I played this album almost as much as 'Kind Of Blue' I reckon! He does indeed just keep on getting better, so much so that he's now possibly my favourite living jazz musician.
My utmost gratitude and cheers Jessica,
Christopher Lynch.

On Apr 16, 2014. 8:58pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica

I thought you might be interested in "Dress Pretty, Dance Ugly" - a new crossover jazz EP by the Fresh Dixie Project.


The band recently had an opportunity to record a track at Peter Gabriel's studio:


This year the band has already been confirmed for Elbjazz:


And as headliners for Southport Jazz Festival:


If you want more information please let me know.

Best wishes



"...these five brits are swinging in the footsteps of Jamie Cullum. With a little less pop and a little more panache, these guys are young and fresh enough to make their audience 'dress clean and dance dirty'". Elbjazz Festival, 2014.

"It's got an edge; there's teeth without it ever becoming funky or forced. It's got a timeless class, yet still feels fresh." One Question Music, Feb 2013.

Key successes so far:

- Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Shambala Festival, Boomtown Festival, Wilderness Festival, Swingamajig Festival.

- Radio play on BBC 6 Music with Tom Robinson and BBC introducing. Recommended by Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2.

- Solid bookings with a few international shows (including Elbjazz Festival in Hamburg alongside Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, Gabby Young.

- Strong sales online and at shows

On Feb 23, 2014. 12:45pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica - fewer words and more music would be appreciated

On Feb 13, 2014. 1:12pm

Hi, Jessica, just love the European Jazz that you have played today. It helps me to get over not living in the 4th, close to all those Parisian Jazz clubs. Thanks David Musgrave

On Nov 15, 2013. 11:47am
ABC Jazz said

Hi Craig, here are the details of the track you were after:
CD: Magnet (independent)

On Nov 14, 2013. 2:22pm
Anonymous said

HI, Just caught the end of the first track of the show….can you let me know what it was please. Thx kindly!

On Aug 7, 2013. 4:24pm
Anonymous said

Dear Jessica

My name is Thomas Lorenzo

Are submissions of Cds welcomed without previous permission to ABC Jazz Digital Radio?



On Jul 19, 2013. 10:59am
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica.

My name is Darryn Farrugia. I'm a melbourne based musician and I've recently released a CD which I think may be suited to your program.

How do I get a CD to you?

Many Thanks



On Jul 16, 2013. 9:03pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica,
Thanks for playing my music. There is a new CD by Sunna Gunnlaugs on its way to you from Iceland. Hope you like this one too.

All the best.
Scott McLemore

On Jun 27, 2013. 4:20pm
noach said

Hi Jessica,

Great show as always this Thu 27/6.

It always expresses a warm, personal and upbeat sensitivity, to my mind the very model of a modern music lover, almost (dare I say) baggage-free.

A query: I've been trying for months to identify your theme track without external help (or success). I'd place it somewhere near perhaps to The Bad Plus but in a less Romantic piano-concerto mood; or better, to Brad Mehldau with adventuresome and hooky chord changes. I'd suspect off-hand an Australian group, but then again that's "just what they're expecting us to do" (quote from Flying High! (1980)) There doesn't seem to be anywhere on the website where it's announced, and its apparent absence from the weekly track-listings seems almost premeditated. :)

On Jun 6, 2013. 10:53pm
Sooka said

Please tell me what was the name of the Italian jazz trio you played at 2.15 today? I really liked them and didn't catch their name! Thanks. Enjoy your show too!

On Apr 28, 2013. 1:13pm
Anonymous said

Hi, Jessica

Great live shows ... have always loved the jazz stream on my dig radio, but having a laid-back friendly voice introducing items is great .... a great program to do computer programming to! Should be more of it!

Keep it up.

On Mar 31, 2013. 11:22am
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica, listening to your show in Auckland. What a breath of fresh air. More power to your great musical taste. Regards, Bobby

On Mar 22, 2013. 3:44pm
Anonymous said

HI Jessica - oh great one who knows everything there is to know about jazz and more - I live on gold coast Qld what freq do I tune to to catch your shows on Th 2pm (or 3pm here)

On Jan 6, 2013. 6:14pm
tylers said

My mother listened on Friday night/Saturday to a terriffic remix of Don Burrows Mississipi Mud.It had just been remixed by Billy Armstrong and she is deperate to get a copy of this track.I was wondering if you could let us know where we could purchase a copy please.It would make her day.

Regards Christine

Normas daughter.

On Nov 18, 2012. 12:19pm
Anonymous said

We stream ABC jazz live in our shop but there seems to be too much commentary & not enough music

On Aug 23, 2012. 11:39am
Anonymous said

Hi there, I went to check out live Gypsy Jazz at a place called Kulcha in the heart of Freo on Sunday. Couldn't believe its free entry, and every Sunday and started at 4, I think. They had Ashley Arbuckle 'filling in' for the Belleville Quartet.

Just thought it might be something that the other listeners would want to know about too.

Love the music you're playing!


On Aug 18, 2012. 11:08am
Anonymous said

Hi ... can you provide the tracklist for the Thur 9 Aug broadcast ... there was a John Scofield tune that I want to track down. ... Chris

On Aug 4, 2012. 3:35pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica, really enjoyed Best of British with Norma Winstone and the NDR Big Band. Standout track Riverman, the Nick Drake song. Nick Brown, Tawonga, Victoria.

On Jul 2, 2012. 9:20pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica, I woke up to a great track about 1pm on Sunday July 1st, and I found a note in my phone which said 'Jim Jeffries' Did you play a track by this guy around 1pm on Sunday?? If not, can you list a couple of the tunes played either side of 1pm :)

On Jun 17, 2012. 12:59pm
Anonymous said

I just heard a great song by someone called Nadia (around 12.50pm, Sunday 17th June). What was the song and the album it was from? Loved it. aroma_goddessatyahoodotcomdotau.


On May 11, 2012. 3:06pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica,

Today (Friday 11/05) you played a cover of 'In the Dark' by a female vocalist around 3pm. It was fantastic! Who was the artist?


On Apr 23, 2012. 11:05am
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica,
Can you help with a recently played question please? Last Friday early afternoon - a track by a 'drummer as band leader' recent release. I seem to remember it being a European artist. Very organic and textured with an open 'room sound' ????
Kind Regards,

Paul G Man

On Apr 17, 2012. 2:46pm
Anonymous said

hi jessica, last sunday (15/4) you played, around 1.40pm, a track from a young english saxophone player named josh something (peleydo?). can't find a playlist from your program. is is possible to let me know who it was. he was sensational. cheers, david


Post new comment

Comments from unregistered users are subject to ABC moderation and will not appear until they are approved - there will be a delay until they are published.
Create A Profile to add comments straight away.

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
30 minus seven equals
Solve this math question and enter the solution with digits. E.g. for "two plus four = ?" enter "6".
Sign up to the weekly newsletter
Enter your email address
Other ABC music sites