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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

Thu 20 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 23 Apr 12:00pm

The latest album from trumpeter Terence Blanchard is actually the soundtrack to a new film, The Comedian, about a jazz-loving stand-up comic

Thu 13 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 16 Apr 12:00pm

Jessica shares some new music from pianist Billy Childs. Plus, there's more from our recent recording of Alfredo Rodriguez in Melbourne.

Thu 6 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 9 Apr 12:00pm

The remarkable Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez visited Australia for the first time in March, and ABC Jazz was there to capture a set!

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

The new solo album by Armenian pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan is inspired by our capacity to observe - both consciously and unconsciously.

Thu 23 Mar 2:00pm
Sun 26 Mar 12:00pm

Tim Stevens composed a piece of music every day for an entire (leap) year in preparation for his latest solo recording, called 'Media Vita.;

Thu 16 Mar 2:00pm
Sun 19 Mar 12:00pm

Following last year's duo with Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau's latest CD finds him teaming up with a player from outside the jazz tradition


On Apr 25, 2017. 6:20pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica I wonder if you could play some Yelena Eckemoff from her latest album, Blooming Tall Phlox on the LH productions Label. Great sophisticated European Jazz

On Jan 23, 2017. 9:02am
ABC Jazz said

Hi there, the reason the audio has expired is because we only have the rights for 1 month of catch-up listening on the ABC Radio Player - hence the audio is now no longer available.

On Jan 21, 2017. 7:17pm
Anonymous said


How come Jessica's 'Year in Review' says 'listen again' but when you click on it says 'expired'? Lazy website management?

On Nov 14, 2016. 5:43pm
Anonymous said

Hi Lajos,
Thanks very much for the CDs. I featured a track from 'Radio Days' on my program in early October.

On Nov 14, 2016. 5:40pm
Anonymous said

Thanks very much, Brendan! Glad you're enjoying the music.

On Nov 13, 2016. 1:21pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica. Listening to your selections really moves me. Great choices. Terrific to talk to you at Wang recently. Do wish the Age would give you more space to write your critical observations of various artists. You are so much under-utilised . Keep making my listening day . Best Wishes, Brendan.

On Aug 28, 2016. 1:23pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jess - just wondering if this is the same Jessica who used to come and talk music with me when I was a DJ Fri nights at Redback all those years ago...?

John Grant

On Jul 18, 2016. 4:22pm
Anonymous said

Hi Jessica,

My name is Andy Bogan and I work for Time Out Media. We represent Oleg Frish, who is a well known TV/Radio personality from New York and a great performer with huge following. I'd like to introduce Oleg, as he is performing in Sydney in July.

Oleg hosts his weekly TV show on RTVI and his radio program on WNYM in NY and also performs in jazz and cabaret clubs around the country.He successfully performes at the 54 Below and Metropolitan Room in NY, Catalina Jazz Club in LA, at the Trumpets in NJ and in other venues in Russia, Canada and the UK.

His music is swing and standards. the genre you play in the air!
Oleg just released a wonderful set of duets with the legendary American singers from the 50-70s and performs with some of them, as his guest artists and with his band.

Here is Oleg's EPK - www.olegfrish.com/epk
His website - www.olegfrish.com

His music video clips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHLT97IsUjY - duet with Gary U.S.Bonds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yowCNirdi0 - duet with Lou Christie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxmtO3_5xVI - solo music clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUxjALND0mg - live CD release party in NYC

Hope you will enjoy his swinging and positive music!
His CDs are distributed by RED Distribuiotn by SONY Music, and ill be great if Oleg could be interviewed in your radio program when he is in Sydney ( he is coming on July 21)
I will appreciate if you like his music and give his track an airplay.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Andy Bogan
Executive Assistant
Time Out Media
718 368 9292

On Jul 16, 2016. 5:29am
L-Dudas said

To Jessica Nicholas

Hello Jessica,

I have sent to you two CDs of my from Germany- RADIO DAYS and BRÜCKENSCHLAG -
(JazzSick Records)
Please tell me whether the CDs arrived and for presentation is possible or already planned...
Thank you in advance



On Jul 6, 2016. 1:41am
Snow Owl said

Dear Jessica,
I hope this message finds you well. My name is Mona Müller, I am an Austrian Journalist and publicist for the American/Colombian Composer Juan García-Herreros. His recent achievements for his Multi cultural ensemble “ Snow Owl” include a Latin Grammy Nomination and a Global Music Award.

Snow Owl’s latest album “The Blue Road” will be released July 5th, 2016. It is a statement of unity and solidarity with all refugees crossing The Blue Road in search of a better life. The production features none other than Grammy Winner Roberto Quintero, Emmy Winning Singer SuCh, Bulgarian Percussionist master Stoyan Yankulov and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra just to name a few. 

The Genre is best described as Latin Jazz/World Jazz. For a first impression I add this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HspZwVYIHY

For further information I am happy if you contact me : pr@the-snow-owl.com

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.

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