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Michelle Nicolle is celebrated as one of Australia's finest jazz singers. Bell Award (2017), Mo Award 2001, 2003 & 2004, National Jazz Award (1998) winner and A.R.I.A Finalist (Australian ‘Grammy’s’ equivalent) 2001, 2004, 2009 Michelle is a jazz musician whose chosen instrument is Voice. Also an arranger and band-leader, Michelle started her career at the age of eight, studying violin in the famous wine region, Barossa Valley. Now based in Melbourne, she is growing wider international audience in the USA and Europe. 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. Releasing 8 CDs the MNQuartet has toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally, with performances including Tokyo Jazz Festival, Jakjazz(Indonesia),Jarasum Jazz Festival (Korea), Turkey, Estonia, Finland, North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands),Asia Pacific Festival (Russia), Prague Jazz Festival (Cz Republic), Trinity Laban, London and JEN Conference, Frost School of Music (Miami), JazzVox in Seattle, University Of North Texas, Oceanside Jazz Festival (Mira Costa), and Sidebar, (New Orleans), G Spot, (LA), Classic Pianos, (Portland, OR), The Blue Building (NYC 2023. Apart from her 24years together quartet, Michelle has held a 15 year residency at The Brunswick Green. 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 holds a Bachelor of Education, an Ass. Diploma of Jazz (University of Adelaide) and currently teaches voice, improvisation and Small Jazz Ensemble at University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Monash University, and regularly tours Australia and USA as a clinician (University of North Texas 2019, University of Miami 2018).
"Michelle is a singer born to sing, born to charm, enlighten and seduce through music. I only wish she lived in the States somewhere so I could manage to hear her more often.” Kurt Elling
"..an exceptional singer... who deserves attention as an original and inspiring Jazz artist."
Cadence Magazine (USA)
“ an Australian jazz singer ready to command a world stage.” Sydney Morning Herald
"....Michelle impressed from the start with her talents, not only is a vocalist with a very wide
octave range but also as an excellent improviser." Bangkok Post
“Sometimes dreamy, sometimes as excited as a child in a sweet shop, but always marvellously
expressive, Michelle Nicolle is a jazz singer of singular talent.” Nova
“Nicolle’s warmth and an effortless flow of ideas makes the old sound new. This is a voice
Australia should be proud of. 4.5 Stars” Limelight Magazine
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Apr 6 - 7, 2023