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Jessica Nicholas

Jessica Nicholas ABC Jazz
Page added Dec 1, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2017

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.

Coming Up

Thu 4 May 2:00pm
Sun 7 May 12:00pm

Dedications lie at the heart of this week's show, with music inspired by figures from jazz and cultural history along with family members and even a gravel road.

Thu 11 May 2:00pm
Sun 14 May 12:00pm

This week's show is brimming with Scandinavian sounds, including recent releases from Norway and Denmark, along with a rare vintage recording.

Thu 18 May 2:00pm
Sun 21 May 12:00pm

This week we're spending time with artists from Korea and Vietnam who fuse jazz with elements of traditional music from their own countries.

Latest Episode

Thu 27 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 30 Apr 12:00pm

In this episode, we take a closer look at some of the international artists heading our way for jazz festival season this winter.

Recent Episodes

Peter Knight at the 2013 Wangaratta Festival
Thu 2 Jun 2:00pm
Sun 5 Jun 12:00pm

After a 6-year hiatus, Melbourne's world-jazz explorers Way Out West - led by trumpeter Peter Knight - are back with a brand new album.

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.

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.


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


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