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Date:
Friday, October 25
Time:
7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price:
$36.75
Door Ticket Price:
$42.00
Student Ticket Price:
$21.00
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Nicole Zuraitis

6:00 PM
All Ages
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Nicole Zuraitis is a GRAMMY® Award-winning (2024) jazz singer-songwriter, pianist and arranger, New York-based bandleader, and winner of the prestigious 2021 American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medal. With a “heart as big as her remarkable voice,” (Jazz Police), Zuraitis has positioned herself as one of the top artists and “prolific songwriters” (Broadway World) to watch in jazz and beyond.

As a recording artist, Zuraitis has released five albums as leader, and her sixth album How Love Begins, co-produced with eight-time GRAMMY-winner Christian McBride (2023), features all original music and was awarded the GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album. In addition to leading her quartet, Zuraitis is the premier vocalist for the Birdland Big Band and frequently headlines iconic NYC jazz clubs like Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Carlyle, 54 Below and the late, great 55 Bar. She has appeared as a featured soloist with the Savannah Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony, and Macon Pops, and has supported iconic singers like Melanie, Morgan James, Darren Criss, and Livingston Taylor on piano and vocals.

Zuraitis’ arrangement of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” with renowned drummer and bandleader Dan Pugach, was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY®, springboarding her career and making her a household name in the modern-day jazz landscape. Zuraitis has collaborated with an extensive list of luminaries, including Christian McBride, David Cook, Gilad Hekselman, Veronica Swift, Benny Benack, Stephen Feifke, Cyrille Aimee, Antonio Sanchez, Dave Stryker, Omar Hakim, Rachel Z, Helen Sung, and Bernard Purdie. She is a proud educator and currently vocal faculty at NYU and SUNY Purchase. She will be joined on this concert date by guitarist Idan Morim, bassist Sam Weber, and drummer Dan Pugach.

Nicole Zuraitis Website
Sponsored by The Silent Gong Fund
(Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)

Venue

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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Phone
831-427-2227
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