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Jessica Nicholas

Jessica Nicholas ABC Jazz
Page added Dec 2, 2011 Updated Nov 4, 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 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.;

Recent Episodes

Thu 1 Sep 2:00pm
Sun 4 Sep 12:00pm

There's a bit of an avian theme running through this week's show, with several tunes dedicated to or inspired by birds of flight.

Thu 25 Aug 2:00pm
Sun 28 Aug 12:00pm

Norway's Marius Neset has created an ambitious new project for jazz quartet and orchestra, aptly titled 'Snowmelt,' and we sample it.

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

Nyilipidgi, Paul Grabowsky's ambitious suite for the Young Wagilak Group and the MAE, has won Jazz Work of the Year at the Art Music Awards.

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

'Dreamland' is the first solo outing for UK pianist Zoe Rahman, following her recent collaborations with Courtney Pine and George Mraz.

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

James McLean has just been named the 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellow. The title is accompanied by a $20k prize & a studio time with ABC Jazz.

Thu 28 Jul 2:00pm
Sun 31 Jul 12:00pm

Cellist Erik Friedlander uses repetition and cyclical themes as the basis of his new album, Rings, which features his Black Phebe trio.


On Jun 17, 2012. 1:59pm
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. 4:06pm
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. 12:05pm
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. 3:46pm
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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