New York based vocalist/keyboardist/composer

"A voice that's hard to ignore... remarkable range... you can't help but stop and take notice." -- JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE "Zuraitis’ fluid, natural sound is very much richly expressive and wide ranging... her composing full of jazz sensibility and great emotional depth, open to a variety of influences.... an emotive voice with seductive warmth.... 'Pariah Anthem' is a winning exhibition of her performance and songwriting skills." -- HARTFORD COURANT

Brooklyn based vocalist and pianist Nicole Zuraitis is as diverse as the city that spawned her mu-sic. Using world travel experience as inspiration for her sound, genre-bending is her forte; culti-vating her diverse musical background into a sound that can only be described as vocal and rhythmic innovation. She is the 2016 Winner of the New York City Songwriting Coffee Music Project Competition. A 2014 winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers award, Nicole bridges the gap between genres while utilizing her unparalleled vocals. She is a finalist in the 2015 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition at NJPAC and was a semi finalist in the National American Traditions Vocal Competition in winter 2015, taking home both the Peo-ple's Choice Award and the Johnny Mercer Award. Having recently returned from a tour spon-sored 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. Nicole leads her group once a month at the iconic jazz club 55 bar in New York City.

Nicole joined forces with fellow Litchfield Jazz Camp faculty member Carmen Staaf on the mainstage of the 2014 Litchfield Jazz Festival, and continues consistently performing with the great Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin and Melanie Safka. 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 Fer-ry Festival in Australia, the Jacobs Ladder Festival in Israel, the Litchfield Jazz Festival, the New England Jazz and Blues Fest, the Chautauqua Music Festival and Bonnaroo in Nashville.

She has two self released albums under her belt, including the 2013 release Pariah Anthem (Vic-tor Gould, Ilan Bar Lavi, Nandini Srikar) and the 2009 release Spread The Word featuring Winard Harper and the Curtis Brothers. Nicole’s world music band EVA just released their EP Take Some Air to rave reviews and she continues working with producer Tim Walsh of The Stepkids on an electronic pop album.

Nicole has 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, Antonio Sanchez, Dave Stryker, Charli Persip and Hagar Ben Ari, among others. 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. Ni-cole has opened for jazz legend Dave Brubeck, the doo-woop group "the Platters" and collabo-rated 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 York-er of the week" for her work with music and shelter animals.

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