"A voice that's hard to ignore... remarkable range... you can't help but stop and take notice." -- JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE
Brooklyn based vocalist and pianist Nicole Zuraitis is as diverse as the city that spawned her music. Using world travel experience as inspiration for her sound, genre-bending is her forte; cultivating her diverse musical background into a sound that can only be described as groove based innovation. A 2014 winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers award, Nicole bridges the gap between genres while utilizing her unparalleled vocals. She was a semi finalist in the National American Traditions Vocal Competition in winter 2015, taking home both the People's Choice Award and the Johnny Mercer Award. Having recently returned from a tour sponsored by the American Embassy in Israel as well as Australia with her world music band EVA, she joined The Omar Hakim Experience as a vocalist at the Iridium Jazz Club in June 2015. She also has the great pleasure of singing with Bernard Purdie and Kung Fu, most recently at the New Orleans Jazz Festival 2015, as well as performing with Woodstock songwriting legend Melanie.
Nicole joined forces with fellow Litchfield Jazz Camp faculy member Carmen Staaf on the mainstage of the 2014 Litchfield Jazz Festival, and continues consistently performing with the great Livingston Taylor and Tom Chapin and other jazz giants in New York City. She has been a main stage act as both a leader and sideman at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Stan Rogers Folk Fest in Canada, Port Ferry Festival in Australia, the Jacobs Ladder Festival in Israel, the Litchfield Jazz Festival, the New England Jazz and Blues Fest, the Chautaqua Music Festival and Bonnaroo in Nashville.
Nicole has also shared the stage with the extraordinary Jane Monheit for the performance of "Jane Monheit and the Ladies of Jazz", as well as collaborated with Rachel Z, Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Dave Stryker, Charli Persip and Hagar Ben Ari, among others. She had the distinct pleasure of opening for the late legendary Dave Brubeck at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, CT. Nicole holds residencies at numerous hot spots in NYC such as the 55 bar, Mastro's, Red Eye Grille, Rockwood Music Hall, Toshi's Living Room and the famous Friars Club. She plays lead keyboards for The Kevin Osborne band.In 2013 she was recognized as a finalist in the Songdoor International Songwriting Contest, as well as a selected competitor for the 2013 New York City WNYC Battle of the Boroughs. Nicole has opened for jazz legend Dave Brubeck, the doo-woop group "the Platters" and collaborated with world renowned Indian carnatic guitarist and composer Prasanna while teaching and touring in India. She was featured in a video interview by Columbia News Tonight as "New Yorker of the week" for her work with music and shelter animals.