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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.

Latest Episode

Thu 24 Aug 2:00pm
Sun 27 Aug 12:00pm

Hear from Perth's Tom O'Halloran and Memory of Elements - who won the 2017 Art Music Award for Jazz Work of the Year with 'Now Noise.'

Recent Episodes

Thu 10 Nov 2:00pm
Sun 13 Nov 12:00pm

There's often more than a hint of country twang in John Scofield's playing, and now he's created an entire album dedicated to country music.

Thu 3 Nov 2:00pm
Sun 6 Nov 12:00pm

This week we're revisiting some of the highlight's from the 2016 Wangaratta Jazz Fest, which shone a spotlight on Aussie jazz this year.

Thu 27 Oct 2:00pm
Sun 30 Oct 12:00pm

Michael Wollny and Vincent Peirani - two fast-rising stars on the European jazz scene - have come together as a duo for the first time.

Thu 20 Oct 2:00pm
Sun 23 Oct 12:00pm

US-based Australian Tim Davies has recorded both his LA and his Melbourne big bands on his ambitious new release, The Expensive Train Set.

Thu 13 Oct 2:00pm
Sun 16 Oct 12:00pm

Tom Harrell shuffles the lineup of his long-running 5tet for his album Something Gold, Something Blue, with new soloists added to the mix.

Thu 6 Oct 2:00pm
Sun 9 Oct 12:00pm

Vince Jones and Paul Grabowsky have taken out this year's ARIA Fine Arts award for Best Jazz Album for their album of duets, 'Provenance.'


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!


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.


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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