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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.

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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

Chick Corea Stanley Clarke Lenny White audio
Fri 9 Dec 2:00pm
Sun 11 Dec 12:00pm

Nominations for the 2012 Grammy Awards have been announced, and Jessica Nicholas plays music by several of the jazz nominees...

Allan Browne audio
Fri 2 Dec 2:00pm
Sun 4 Dec 12:00pm

The Rob Burke-Tony Gould Quartet, live at Bennetts Lane; Nick Haywood’s debut as bandleader; and Allan Browne’s impressive compilation inspired by New Orleans.

Chick Corea audio
Fri 25 Nov 2:00pm
Sun 27 Nov 12:00pm

New releases by Chick Corea and Stefano Bollani (in a two-piano setting), Benjamin Hauptmann and the late David ‘Fathead’ Newman.

Mike Nock audio
Fri 18 Nov 2:00pm
Sun 20 Nov 12:00pm

November is Australian Music Month on ABC Jazz, and this week’s show features a cavalcade of fine Australian jazz artists.

Mulatu Astatke
Fri 11 Nov 2:00pm
Sun 13 Nov 12:00pm

We travel to Ethiopia with Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, then Argentina with bandoneon maestro Dino Saluzzi and on to Sweden...

Abdullah Ibrahim by Manfred Rinderspacher
Fri 4 Nov 2:00pm
Sun 6 Nov 12:00pm

This week we travel to South Africa, Belgium, Italy and the United States...


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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