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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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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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