Michelle Nicolle Quartet

September 2014 - Performing in Melbourne

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet - (Australia)

'Mood Indigo' - play Ellington and Strayhorn

The Michelle Nicolle Quartet is critically acclaimed as one of the most prolific and inventive jazz ensembles in the country. Continuing the beautifully successful concerts in the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon, playing the music of Mancini (2012) and Jimmy Van Heusen (2013), Michelle is taking the 'Mood Indigo' theme quite literally – performing songs by the great composer: Duke Ellington. The music of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) is an essential part of the rich culture of “jazz” genre, yet Ellington himself preferred his music to be known simply as “American Music”. With a recording career of 50 Years it is nearly impossible to narrow his vast catalogue into one set of favourites. Ellington and his faithful collaborator, William Thomas "Billy" Strayhorn (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967) wrote so many songs which endure and are loved by generations. As an improvising musician and singer Michelle has always been drawn to the perfect balance of intricate, yet memorable melodies and poetic, eloquent lyrics. So, to choose the repertoire for this concert, Michelle had to go with her heart and arrange the great songs which move her the most.


Michelle Nicolle

Line-up:
Michelle Nicolle - vocals
Geoff Hughes - guitar
Tom Lee - bass
Ronny Ferella - drums

www.michellenicolle.com - Biography

 
CONCERT DATES 2014
Saturday 13 September, 4.00 PM and 8.00 PM: Melbourne Recital Centre - Salon - Bookings

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November 2014 - Performing in at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre (Victoria)

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet - (Australia)

Australia's first lady of Jazz - Winner: 2001, 2003 and 2004 - Australian Jazz Vocalist of the Year MO Award - Michelle has released 8 beautiful albums, all of which have been received with high acclaim. Her CD 'Mancini' (2012), presents the climbing of jazz vocalism to a maturity that's not only unsurpassed in Australia, but is truly of world class and easily holds its own in the ranking with the top jazz female jazz vocalists on the international jazz scene today.

Line-up:
Michelle Nicolle - vocals
Geoff Hughes - guitar
Tom Lee - bass
Ronny Ferella - drums

"But it was Michelle Nicolle who stood out, combining emotional honesty with an improviser's instinct ..."
The Age, review of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival opening night 31 May 2013


Michelle Nicolle

www.michellenicolle.com - Biography

 
CONCERT DATES 2014
Friday 14 November, 8.00 PM: Hamilton Performing Arts Centre - Bookings

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June 2013 - Performing in Melbourne

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet - (Australia)

Michelle Nicolle Quartet Plays Jimmy van Heusen

As part of the Melbourne Recital Centre's annual American Songbook series, Australia's leading jazz vocalist Michelle Nicolle will again this year feature with 3 concerts in the Salon on 21 and 22 June, singing with her Quartet the repertoire of Jimmy van Heusen.

One of the giants of the Tin Pan Alley era, Jimmy Van Heusen wrote some of the most enduring songs from the late 30’s through to the 1960’s. Winning Academy Awards and sung by some of the greats including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby, his beautifully crafted songs include All the Way, Swinging On A Star, Come Fly With Me, But Beautiful, Like Someone In Love.

Since 1999 The Michelle Nicolle Quartet has been critically acclaimed as one of the most prolific and inventive jazz ensembles in the country. For these three concerts they will continue on their endless mission...reimagining the great songs from The American Songbook.

Line-up:
Michelle Nicolle - vocals
Geoff Hughes - guitar
Tom Lee - bass
Ronny Ferella - drums

www.michellenicolle.com - Biography

"Australian jazz singing doesn't come any better than this."
The Weekend Australian


Michelle Nicolle

Australia's first lady of Jazz - Winner: 2001, 2003 and 2004 - Australian Jazz Vocalist of the Year MO Award - Michelle Nicolle is Australia's first lady of jazz. Michelle has released 8 beautiful albums, all of which have been received with high acclaim. Her new CD 'Mancini' (2012), presents the climbing of jazz vocalism to a maturity that's not only unsurpassed in Australia, but is truly of world class and easily holds its own in the ranking with the top jazz female jazz vocalists on the international jazz scene today. Michelle's vocalism is of a quality and calibre that's long been recognised by jazz festival audiences and critics in Australia, Europe and Asia. With the beautiful 'Mancini' renditions Michelle Nicolle gives us the finesse, the quality of phrasing, and the vocal range at a level not possessed by another jazz repertoire vocalist in Australia, and indeed is held by only a hand full of singers in the jazz world today. Michelle Nicolle has toured Australia and internationally multiple times at International Jazz Festivals, and in July 2012 presented Australia at the AP International Music Festival in Russia.

 
CONCERT DATES 2013
Friday, 21 June: 7.00 PM: Melbourne Recital Centre
Saturday 22 June: 3.00 and 8.00 PM:
Melbourne Recital Centre
Bookings

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June 2012 Performing in Russia,
July, November 2012 - Performing in Australia

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet - (Australia)

Winner: 2001, 2003 and 2004 - Australian Jazz Vocalist of the Year Mo Award - Melbourne based, arranger, band leader and jazz vocalist Michelle Nicolle - www.michellenicolle.com - is Australia's first lady of jazz. With her full ranging and marvellous voice, her profile has been rapidly rising and Michelle has become known as Australia's finest jazz singer. Michelle has released 6 beautiful albums, all of which have been received with high acclaim. Her 6th CD 'The Loviest Night' is out on ABC Records. In 1998 at the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival (Melbourne), Michelle won the prestigious National Jazz Award and the judges included the legendary bebop singer Sheila Jordon (USA), and the current Blue Note vocal star Kurt Elling (USA). - "Australian jazz singing doesn't come any better than this" - (The Weekend Australian).

During the past 10 years Michelle Nicolle and her band have toured regularly around Australia and performed internationally at major festivals in Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Turkey, The Netherlands, Finland and Estonia.

When invited to create a program for the American Songbook Series, Michelle Nicolle immediately responded: "Well it just has to be Mercer and Mancini". Why? Moon River says it all. The gorgeous, Oscar-winning song was penned by lyricist Johnny Mercer and composer Henry Mancini for Audrey Hepburn to sing in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Moon River epitomises the very best of the American song-writing tradition that stretches back to Gershwin and earlier. Moon River was one of the few collaborations between this pair, but between them they are responsible for thousands of entries in the American Songbook - Mercer was as accomplished a composer as he was a wordsmith. Michelle and her band will survey hits like Days of Wine and Roses (another Mancini/Mercer collaboration), That Old Black Magic (Mercer), Moonlight Sonata (Mancini), in a loving tribute to two geniuses' work together and apart. Mancini was also the favourite composer of one of Michelle's influential Adelaide University teachers, the late jazz pianist/educator, Eric Bryce.

Line-up:
Michelle Nicolle - vocals
Geoff Hughes - guitar
Tom Lee - bass
Ronny Ferella - drums


"I have loved Michelle Nicolle's singing perpetually and without ceasing since first I heard her - what was it? - fifteen years ago already? Michelle is a singer born to sing, born to charm, enlighten and seduce through music. I only wish she lived in the States somewhere so I could manage to hear her more often." - Kurt Elling - leading international US jazz vocal celebrity

"... an exceptional singer ... who deserves attention as an original and inspiring Jazz artist." - Cadence Magazine (USA)

"Michelle Nicolle stands above any other jazz singer in the country."- Weekend Australian

"... Michelle impressed from the start with her talents, not only as a vocalist with a very wide octave range but also as an excellent improviser." - Bangkok Post

"... an album that confirms Nicolle's place as Australia's best jazz singer." - Sunday Herald Sun, June 2001 (After the Rain review)

"... I can think of no one else who finds, in the modern jazz repertoire, such a sense of pure song." - Gilbert Haisman, Evening Post, NZ

"... formidable technique and a staggering range......more interesting than most other jazz vocalists in the country." - Rolling Stone

 
TOUR DATES 2012
29+30 June - 1+2 July: Russia: Krasnoyarsk - International Music Festival of Asia-Pacific Region (AP) Festival - www.apfest.com
Fri 27 July (7:30 PM) and Sat 28 July (6:30 PM): Melbourne
Recital Centre at the Salon: "Moon River" as part of the 2012 American Songbook Series - Bookings
Fri 16 November: Cairns
- The Tanks Performing Arts Centre - www.tanksartscentre.com
Sat 17 November: Sydney - 505 Jazz Club - www.venue505.com

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April, May and November 2011 - Performing in Australia
November/December 2009 - April/May 2010 - touring Australia and travelling to Malaysia

MICHELLE NICOLLE Quartet - (Australia)

Winner: 2001, 2003 and 2004 - Australian Jazz Vocalist of the Year Mo Award - Melbourne based, arranger, band leader and jazz vocalist Michelle Nicolle is Australia's first lady of jazz. With a full ranging and marvellous voice, her profile has been rapidly rising and Michelle has become known as Australia's finest jazz singer. Michelle has released 5 beautiful albums, all of which were received with high acclaim, and her 6th CD 'The Loviest Night' will be out on ABC Records at the end of March 2009. In 1998 at the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival (Melbourne), Michelle won the prestigious National Jazz Award and the judges included the legendary bebop singer Sheila Jordon (USA), and the current Blue Note vocal star Kurt Elling (USA). - "Australian jazz singing doesn't come any better than this" - (The Weekend Australian).

In 2003 and 2006 Michelle Nicolle toured around Australia and in 2004 she toured Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand. In 2005 the Michelle Nicolle Quartet featured at the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia and performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, as well as at Singapore's Ozmosis Festival. In 2007 tourings included New Zealand, Turkey, Estonia, Finland and Singapore, and in November 2008 the JakJazz festival in Jakarta was included in Michelle's international touring destinations.


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"..an exceptional singer... who deserves attention as an original and inspiring Jazz artist." - Cadence Magazine (USA), June 2003

"Michelle Nicolle stands above any other jazz singer in the country."- Weekend Australian, Dec. 2003

"...Michelle impressed from the start with her talents, not only as a vocalist with a very wide octave range but also as an excellent improviser." - Bangkok Post, October 2004

"..an album that confirms Nicolle's place as Australia's best jazz singer." - Sunday Herald Sun, June 2001 (After the Rain review)

"..I can think of no one else who finds, in the modern jazz repertoire, such a sense of pure song." Gilbert Haisman, Evening Post, NZ, Oct'01.

".formidable technique and a staggering range......more interesting than most other jazz vocalists in the country."Rolling Stone

Line-up:
Michelle Nicolle - vocals
Geoff Hughes - guitar
Tom Lee - bass
Ronny Ferella - drums

www.michellenicolle.com

 
TOUR DATES 2011
Fri/Sat 29+30 April: Vic - Mount Beauty Music Festival - www.musicmuster.org.au
Sun 1 May: NSW - Young Regional School of Music - www.yrsm.org.au
Thu/Fri 3+4 Nov: WA - Perth - The Ellington Jazz Club - www.ellingtonjazz.com.au
Sun 6 Nov:
WA - Albany - Entertainment Centre - www.albanyentertainmentcentre.com.au

 

TOUR DATES 2009/2010

The Michelle Nicolle Quartet participation in the Penang International Jazz Festival is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Malaysia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

27 November - Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (NSW)- bookings: 6298 0290www.theq.net.au
28 November - Sydney: Seymour Centre Sound Lounge for SIMA – book 9351 7940 – www.sima.org.au
02 December - Kuala Lumpur - Australian High Commission - private concert - www.malaysia.highcommission.gov.au
03-06 December - Penang Island International Jazz Festival: www.penangjazz.com

22 - April - ACT - Canberra: Southern Cross Club - Woden - Vocalist Series - www.cscc.com
23 - April - QLD - Brisbane: Jazzworx!/Music Institute Bowen Hills - www.myspace.com/Jazzworx 
- (07) 3216 1110
24 - April - QLD - Boonah: Boonah & District Cultural Centre - www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/newsEvents/boonahArtCentreDates.shtml
06 - May - WA - Mandurah Performing Arts Centre - www.manpac.com.au/
07 - May - WA - Perth - The Ellington Jazz Club - www.ellingtonjazz.com.au
08 - May - WA - Thornlie - The Don Russell Performing Arts Centre - www.gosnells.wa.gov.au

April & May 2007 - touring New Zealand, Turkey, Estonia, Finland and Singapore

Michelle Nicolle Quartet (Australia)

Australia's first lady of jazz - That's Michelle Nicolle.

Mo Award winner 2001, 2003 & 2004 (Australian Entertainment Industry), National Jazz Award (Wangaratta Festival of Jazz 1998) winner and A.R.I.A Finalist 2001,2004 (Australian Recording Industry), Michelle Nicolle is a jazz musician whose chosen instrument is Voice. Also a superb arranger and band-leader, Michelle Nicolle, with 5 beautiful albums is celebrated as Australia's finest jazz singer.


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In April and May the Michelle Nicolle Quartet will perform at 3 international jazz festivals in New Zealand, Estonia and Finland. An important feature of the 3 week tour will be an Australian jazz showcase presentation as part of the Australian government’s Anzac cultural program in Turkey with concerts in both Ankara and Istanbul.

"This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Cultural Relations Discretionary Grant Program"

 

"..an exceptional singer... who deserves attention as an original and inspiring Jazz artist." - Cadence Magazine (USA), June 2003

"Michelle Nicolle stands above any other jazz singer in the country."- Weekend Australian, Dec. 2003

"...Michelle impressed from the start with her talents, not only as a vocalist with a very wide octave range but also as an excellent improviser." - Bangkok Post, October 2004

"..an album that confirms Nicolle's place as Australia's best jazz singer." - Sunday Herald Sun, June 2001 (After the Rain review)

"..I can think of no one else who finds, in the modern jazz repertoire, such a sense of pure song." Gilbert Haisman, Evening Post, NZ, Oct'01.

".formidable technique and a staggering range......more interesting than most other jazz vocalists in the country."Rolling Stone

Line-up:
Michelle Nicolle - vocals/piano
Carl Dewhurst - guitar
Tom Lee - bass,
Ronny Ferella - drums

Michelle Nicolle Website link
www.michellenicolle.com
April/May tour

 

Tour Dates 2007
14 April New Zealand
17 April Turkey
18 April Turkey
19 April Turkey
20 April Turkey
24 April Estonia
25 April Estonia
26, 27 & 28 April Finland
30 April, 1 & 2 May Singapore
 
  Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand 2004


Winner of the 2003 “MO” award - Jazz Vocalist of the Year

“Australian jazz singing doesn’t come any better than this”
The Weekend AustralianFeb 2003

Michelle Nicolle vocals
Carl Dewhurst guitar
Ronny Ferella drums
Howard Cairns bass

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  Australia (2003)
 

Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Perth, Port Hedland, Darwin, Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Sydney, Wollongong, Shearwater, Hobart, Melbourne,