New York-based singer/songwriter and pianist Nicole Zuraitis is one of the most unique and astonishingly talented young artists on the scene today. Genre-bending is her forte; cultivating her diverse musical background into a sound that can only be described as hybrid innovation.A broad mixture of jazz, pop, r&b and indie fusion, Nicole bridges the gap between brands while utilizing her unparalleled vocals.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music in classical voice from New York University, Nicole has done it all: debuted on the Main stage of the world-renowned Litchfield Jazz Festival, starred in a Mozart opera in New York City, danced in a regional musical theatre production and opened for living jazz legend, Dave Brubeck at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT. In July 2008 she released her first jazz album full of cherished classic love songs “Nicole Zuraitis; Spread the Word”, featuring Luques and Zaccai Curtis as well as drummer Winard Harper.
She is fortunate to have collaborated and performed with jazz all-stars such as Bobby Militello, Rachel Z, Don Braden, Dave Stryker, Charli Persip, Winard Harper, Helen Sung, Cyrille Aimee and Chris Brubeck. Other accomplishments include weekly/monthly residencies in New York hot spots such as the Friar’s Club, the Waldorf Astoria’s Bull and Bear, Club Macanudo, Ella Lounge and Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar. She is in the process of producing her first album of all original compositions.
Besides performing, Nicole is proud to be an educator and has been teaching jazz voice at the Litchfield Jazz Camp for the past 5 years. She is also the songwriting instructor for Project Poetry Live, in association with Litchfield Performing Arts.