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Jessica Nicholas

Jessica Nicholas ABC Jazz
Page added Dec 1, 2011 Updated Oct 25, 2013

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

Sunna Gunnlaugs
Broadcast:
Thu 24 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 27 Apr 12:00pm

It's not every day we hear jazz from Iceland, but this week's show features two tracks by Icelandic ensembles linked by a husband-and-wife team.

John Surman
Broadcast:
Thu 1 May 2:00pm
Sun 4 May 12:00pm

John Surman plays all the instruments on his wonderful solo recording, Saltash Bells, and we'll hear a track in this week's program.

Carsten Daerr
Broadcast:
Thu 8 May 2:00pm
Sun 11 May 12:00pm

This week's show features some unlikely instrumental combos, like Carsten Daerr's jazz piano with Hungarian cymbalom and wordless vocals.

Cyro Baptista
Broadcast:
Thu 15 May 2:00pm
Sun 18 May 12:00pm

Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista came to Australia with John Zorn in March. We'll hear him in three different settings on this week's show.

Latest Episode

Joshua Redman
Broadcast:
Thu 17 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 20 Apr 12:00pm

With Brisbane and Stonnington launching their respective festival programs, we'll hear from artists appearing on the bill at these events.

Recent Episodes

The Vampires audio
Broadcast:
Thu 10 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 13 Apr 12:00pm

Sydney band The Vampires have been selected to perform a showcase at Jazzahead in Germany this month, and we'll hear from them this week.

audio
Broadcast:
Thu 3 Apr 2:00pm
Sun 6 Apr 12:00pm

The wonderful British vocalist Norma Winstone has released another album with her European trio, and we'll sample it on this week's show.

Iiro Rantala audio
Broadcast:
Thu 27 Mar 2:00pm
Sun 30 Mar 12:00pm

Keyboards take centre stage in this week's program, with a plethora of new releases featuring some exceptional pianists.

Gary Burton
Broadcast:
Thu 20 Mar 2:00pm
Sun 23 Mar 12:00pm

The programs for this year's Melbourne and Perth jazz festivals have been unveiled, and we'll hear from artists on the bill at these events.

John Zorn
Broadcast:
Thu 13 Mar 2:00pm
Sun 16 Mar 12:00pm

John Zorn is in Australia this week with a cast of New York luminaries, and we'll hear from several of them in this episode.

Gwilym Simcock
Broadcast:
Thu 6 Mar 2:00pm
Sun 9 Mar 12:00pm

On this week's episode we have a rich array of new recordings to sample, from Australia, the US, Canada and Europe.

Comments

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.

https://soundcloud.com/fresh-dixie-project

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiVnN6FvC_g

This year the band has already been confirmed for Elbjazz:

http://www.elbjazz.de/en/program/artists-2014/the-fresh-dixie-project/

And as headliners for Southport Jazz Festival:

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/2014/01/the-atkinson-announces-its-two-head...

If you want more information please let me know.

Best wishes

Mark

Testimonials:

"...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:
‘RG3’ by MAGNET
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!
craigcreates@gmail.com

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?

Regards

Thomas

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

Darryn

faruge67@mac.com

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.
Ed

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!

Michelle

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.

Thanks,
Belinda

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?

Thanks!

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

merritimes@gmail.com

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