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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

Enrico Rava
Fri 24 Feb 2:00pm
Sun 26 Feb 12:00pm

The trumpet takes centre-stage... with Enrico Rava's hauntingly lyrical approach to the instrument on this week's feature album, 'Tribe'.

Terri Lyne Carrington
Fri 17 Feb 2:00pm
Sun 19 Feb 12:00pm

The Grammys have been handed out, and we hear from the jazz winners, including Chick Corea and Terri Lyne Carrington. Online now...

Brad Mehldau
Fri 10 Feb 2:00pm
Sun 12 Feb 12:00pm

On the show this week, we feature some previously unissued material by the Brad Mehldau Trio, from the trio’s newly released box set..

James Morrison
Fri 3 Feb 2:00pm
Sun 5 Feb 12:00pm

On Jessica's first show in 2012... it’s time to catch up on the new releases that have been piling up over the summer break! Listen online now.

Jason Moran
Fri 16 Dec 2:00pm
Sun 18 Dec 12:00pm

Jessica Nicholas looks back at some of the highlights of 2011: standout artists, memorable tours and favourite releases from home and abroad.

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...


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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