Michelle Nicolle Quartet
Swing & Jazz available for hire, based in Victoria
Arranger, bandleader and award-winning jazz vocalist Michelle Nicolle started her musical career when she began studying the violin at the age of eight at her primary school in the famous wine region, Barossa Valley in South Australia in the 1970s.
Now basing herself in Melbourne, she is rapidly becoming known as one of Australia's finest jazz singers. Leading her band with a quiet dignity, Nicolle’s apparent ease at clever, difficult, and varied improvisation, bring to mind the skills of singers like Betty Carter, Mel Torme or Ella Fitzgerald.
But this exceptionally talented woman sounds like none of those singers. What she does hold in common is being true to her artistic self, having an incredible ‘ear’ as well as being a serious jazz musician and lyricist. Her clear tone and impressive breath control indicate years of hard work and dedication to her art form.
In 2000 her quartet were nominated for Australian Music Foundation's Best Live Jazz Act and Michelle was the recipient the Australian entertainment industry's Mo Award - Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2001.
"And what a voice! It can be soulful, touching, adventurous or laced with humour. It's a lovely musical instrument that integrates beautifully with her trio." The Australian