Women in Jazz Day: Nicole Zuraitis with the
Four O'Clock Lab Band directed by Colleen Clark
Room: Kenton Hall
Building: College of Music Building
When: 3-23-2019 @ 12:00 PM

Grammy® Nominated New York based vocalist and pianist Nicole Zuraitis blends clever songwriting skills, an effervescent presence and  unparalleled vocals in a consummate package that has thrilled audiences across Manhattan and across the world. She is the vocalist for the world famous Birdland Big Band and the Dan Pugach Nonet, the winner of the New York Coffee Music Project Songwriting Competition, ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award recipient and was a finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Her 2017 Album HIVE MIND won Best Jazz Album in the International Music and Entertainment Awards and she was awarded the Johnny Mercer and People’s Choice Award in the American Traditions Competition. Her world music folk band EVA toured internationally alongside folk legends Livingston Taylor, Melanie Safka and Tom Chapin. She has performed with The Omar Hakim Experience as a vocalist at the Iridium Jazz Club, Maz of Snarky Puppy, Don Braden, Rachel Z, Hagar Ben Ari, Dave Stryker, Antonio Sanchez, Cyrille Aimee and Bernard Purdie, Kung Fu and Elise Testone at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. She is a proud member of the Litchfield Jazz Camp faculty. Her love for jazz education has brought her to  songwriting and jazz workshops worldwide, including Berklee College of Music, Williams College, Litchfield Jazz Camp, Australian Embassy, Burnt Hills High School Artist in Residence, Israel Embassy, SAM Academy in Chennai India and Miami Arts Charter School. Nicole holds residencies in New York City at both the 55 Bar and Birdland Jazz Club.  Visit www.nicoleZmusic.com for more information. 
Women in Jazz Initiative Mission Statement

The mission of the UNT Women in Jazz Initiative is to establish equality by empowering women and non-binary people within the jazz community. This organization will provide a space for open dialogue concerning inequality in jazz. The members of UNTWIJI will have the ability to effectively navigate the collegiate and professional jazz world and honor the history of women in jazz at North Texas with the tools provided by this organization. UNTWIJI will act as an agent for positive change in the community within the division of jazz studies.

Free admission.

Free Parking spaces will be available in Lot 26 (Highland Street, between Bain Hall and Music Practice South) for patrons attending performances at the College of Music on weekends and after 5:00pm on weekdays.