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Nicole Zuraitis


Vocalist and pianist Nicole Zuraitis has made a name for herself internationally as a jazz singer and songwriter. Nicole will release her album “Hive Mind” in September 2017 with Dot Time Records. She is the 2016 winner of the New York City Songwiting Competition Coffee Music Project, 2015 finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition at NJPAC, a 2014 winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert National Young Jazz Composers award and a semi finalist in the National American Traditions Vocal Competition in winter 2015, taking home both the People’s Choice Award and the Johnny Mercer Award. Her world music folk band EVA tours internationally alongside folk legends Livingston Taylor, Melanie Safka and Tom Chapin. As a sidewoman she fronts the Dan Pugach Nonet, joined The Omar Hakim Experience as a vocalist at the Iridium Jazz Club, sung background vocals for Maz of Snarky Puppy, and had the great pleasure of singing with Bernard Purdie, Kung Fu and Elise Testone recently at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. She is a proud member of the Litchfield Jazz Camp faculty and has lead her band on the MainStage of the Litchfield Jazz Festival twice, as well as appeared as a sideman with the Carmen Staaf Quintet. In August 2017 she will sing with the Litchfield Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Jen Allen on the MainStage of the Litchfield jazz Festival.  She holds a residency at the iconic jazz club 55 bar once a month and headlined the Blue Note Jazz Club in March 2016. For more information visit

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