EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": An Evening with Grammy Nominated Artist Nicole Zuraitis
Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($22.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door
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Special Note: One year ago, on February 2nd 2018 to be exact, we were privileged to have Nicole Zuraitis join us in her debut performance at The Packing House. Nicole had just released her new album, ‘Hive Mind’ and shared original works from this project. She was accompanied by percussionist and composer Dan Pugach, guitarist Idan Morim, and bassist Alex Busby. These amazing musicians wowed our audience with their outstanding talent.
A year later, Nicole is back at The Packing House with a unique performance, “Generations of Her”, celebrating women songwriters and lyricists of the last 100 years. Much has happened in the last twelve months... Nicole and Dan’s original arrangement of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ has resulted in a 2019 Grammy Nomination to their credit. In addition, Nicole’s frequent appearances at Birdland and residency at Greenwich Village’s 55 Bar has kept her quite busy.
Needless to say, we are humbled and honored to have Nicole Zuraitis grace our stage once again. Nicole's musical talent exceeds expectations... Her smooth vocals and jazz piano, combined with original composition and arrangement just leave you wanting more. This is one performance not to miss! - EC-CHAP
If recently you happened upon Greenwich Village’s 55 Bar and were enchanted by the seismic talent of inspired vocalist, keyboard player and songwriter Nicole Zuraitis, you’re officially part of the 32-year-old’s burgeoning fan club. Nicole Zuraitis blends bountiful songwriting skills, an effervescent presence and dazzling vocals in a consummate package that has thrilled audiences across Manhattan and across the world.
Nicole is the 2016 New York City Songwriting Competition Coffee Music Project Winner, 2015 second runner-up in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2014 Herb Albert ASCAP Young Composer Awards Winner. Nicole has headlined the Blue Note (NYC) and maintains residencies at the 55 Bar, Rockwood Music Hall (with the Dan Pugach Nonet), and Redeye Grill. Audiences love Nicole’s limitless enthusiasm, but that’s only part of her story; only part of her talent.
“A heart as big as her remarkable voice”-- JAZZ POLICE
"A voice that's hard to ignore... remarkable range... you can't help but stop and take notice." -- JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE
While pursuing a career that has spanned jazz, pop and classical, Nicole has collaborated with Cyrille Aimee, Thana Alexa, Dave Stryker, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin, Omar Hakim and Bernard Purdie. She’s performed at festivals nationwide, and has recorded two albums: 2013’s Pariah Anthem and 2009’s Spread The Word, both releases featuring the cream of New York’s jazz hierarchy.
Nicole’s new recording, Hive Mind (Dot Time Records), chronicles themes close to her heart, including an unflinching love of family and friends delivered with a sincere spirit that finds release in eight intimate original compositions (and two covers) which span genres. After hearing Hive Mind, you’d expect nothing less from this NYU trained classical vocalist and Connecticut born songwriter who swings hard as she brings listeners under her enveloping musical wings. (Nicole Zuraitis)
"Brooklyn’s Nicole Zuraitis Brings Visceral Vocals, Her Powerhouse Presence and Winning Songwriting to Jazz Outing, Hive Mind (Dot Time Records)."- KEN MICALLEF (DOWNBEAT)
GENERATIONS OF HER
Nicole will present her new project: Generations of Her: Women songwriters and lyricists of the last 100 years. Featuring music starting in 1924 until the present day, this show is full of surprises, unknown facts, and classic gems. All arrangements by Nicole Zuraitis.
WOMEN SONGWRITERS AND LYRICISTS OF THE LAST 100 YEARS!
Featuring music by Carole King, Bobby Gentry, Loretta Lynn, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Maria Griever, Irene Higgenbotham, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Janis Ian, etc. etc.! Plus amazing modern day composers.
“Generations of Her” will feature Nicole Zuraitis (piano), Jordan Pettay (sax), Inbar Paz (bass), and Sarah Kadoura (drums).
"Nicole Zuraitis' show titled "Generations of Her" celebrates female songwriters of the last century. Nicole delivers a gorgeous interpretation of song--her voice is spectacular, and her piano chops sublime. Her choices and arrangements blew me away". - Broadway World:
Please join us for this rare opportunity to see and hear Nicole Zuraitis live! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.
Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe.
For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.
All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.