Known for getting to the heart of a song, Michelle Nicolle tours worldwide with her quartet and other ensembles.
Bell Award (2017), Mo Award 2001, 2003 & 2004, National Jazz Award (1998) winner and A.R.I.A Finalist 2001, 2004, 2009 Michelle Nicolle is a jazz musician whose chosen instrument is Voice. Also an arranger and band-leader, Michelle started her musical career at the age of eight, studying the violin in the famous wine region, Barossa Valley. Now based in Melbourne, she is celebrated as Australia’s finest female jazz singer.
Known for her ability to get right to the heart of a song, as well as being an in the moment improviser, Michelle has continually developed and nurtured her art form with the help of her quartet.
As well as releasing 8 CDs the MNQuartet has toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally, with performances including Tokyo Jazz Festival, Jakjazz (Indonesia), Jarasum Jazz Festival (Korea), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Asia Pacific Festival (Russia), Prague Jazz Festival (2015), Czech Republic (2018), JEN Conference (Chicago), Frost School of Music (Miami) and JazzVox in Seattle (2017), University Of North Texas (2019), Oceanside Jazz Festival (Mira Costa, 2019), Sidebar (New Orleans), G Spot, (Los Angeles), and Classic Pianos (Portland OR, 2020).
As well as performing with her quartet of 23 years, Michelle has held a 15 year residency at The Brunswick Green, where she and various musical friends play audience requests all night. Her other projects include What Reason Trio (with guitarist Stephen Magnusson) and MN Frettet (featuring 4 guitarists), as well as working as a free-lance vocalist for various recording session work.
Michelle Nicolle holds a Bachelor of Education, an Associate Diploma of Jazz (University of Adelaide) and currently teaches voice, improvisation and Small Jazz Ensemble at University of Melbourne, VCASS (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School), Monash University, and regularly tours Australia and USA conducting vocal jazz clinics.
The Aravina Estate performance will feature:
Michelle Nicolle – Vocals
Matthew Gudgeon – Guitar
Nick Abbey – Bass
Daniel Susnjar – drums