New York based vocalist/pianist/composer
“A heart as big as her remarkable voice”-- JAZZ POLICE
"A voice that's hard to ignore... remarkable range... you can't help but stop and take notice." -- JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE
"A strong musicianship that is never compromised, the gorgeous and capable instrument that can be conversational one moment and then soar to the heavens the next, the sincere storytelling that is always present in her delivery. Nicole is one of my favorite vocalists…a masterful musician who uses her knowledge for the good of the story. This is a rare and beautiful thing."- JANE MONHEIT
"Zuraitis’ fluid, natural sound is very much richly expressive and wide ranging... her composing full of jazz sensibility and great emotional depth, open to a variety of influences.... an emotive voice with seductive warmth.... 'Pariah Anthem' is a winning exhibition of her performance and songwriting skills." -- HARTFORD COURANT
Brooklyn based vocalist and pianist Nicole Zuraitis has made a name for herself internationally as a jazz singer and songwriter. She is the 2016 winner of the New York City Songwriting Competition Coffee Music Project and will travel to London to record her song " I like you a latte" at the famous Metropolis Studios in 2017. With musical taste as diverse as the city that she lives in, she utilizes world travel experience as inspiration for her sound, cultivating her diverse musical background into a sound that can only be described as vocal and rhythmic innovation. She was 2nd runner up in the 2015 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition at NJPAC and was 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. A 2014 winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers award, Nicole bridges the gap between genres while utilizing her unparalleled vocals which were cultivated during her operatic training at New York University.
In the summer of 2016 Nicole headlined the Litchfield Jazz Festival with her mentor and peer guitarist Dave Stryker. Her world music folk band EVA tours internationally alongside folk legends Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin and Melanie Safka. She joined The Omar Hakim Experience as a vocalist at the Iridium Jazz Club in June 2015 and had the great pleasure of singing with Bernard Purdie, Kung Fu and Elise Testone most recently at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. She has shared the stage with Jane Monheit, Dave Brubeck, Michael League, Dave Stryker, Jeremy Pelt, Antonio Sanchez, Cyrille Aimee, Hagar Ben Ari, Rachel Z, Charli Persip, Don Braden among others. She holds a residency at the iconic jazz club 55 bar once a month and headlined the Blue Note Jazz Club in March 2016. She has been a main stage act as both a leader and sideman at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Stan Rogers Folk Fest in Canada, Port Ferry Festival in Australia, the Jacobs Ladder Festival in Israel, the Litchfield Jazz Festival, the New England Jazz and Blues Fest, the Chautauqua Music Festival and Bonnaroo in Nashville.
She has two self released albums under her belt, including the 2013 release Pariah Anthem (Vic-tor Gould, Ilan Bar Lavi, Nandini Srikar) and the 2009 release Spread The Word featuring Winard Harper and the Curtis Brothers. Her third album "Hive Mind" will be released in 2017 under Dot Time Records. Nicole’s world music band EVA just released their EP Take Some Air to rave reviews. She continues working with producer Tim Walsh of The Stepkids on an electronic pop alter ego called "nikki and the riot". Don't forget to check out her singles “Long Meadow Vine” (Featuring Cyrille Aimee and Thana Alexa) and “For the Lonely".
Nicole holds residencies at numerous hot spots in NYC such as the 55 bar, Mastro's, Red Eye Grille, Rockwood Music Hall, Toshi's Living Room and the famous Friars Club. She plays lead keyboards for The Kevin Osborne band. In 2013 she was recognized as a finalist in the Songdoor International Songwriting Contest, as well as a selected competitor for the 2013 New York City WNYC Battle of the Boroughs. Nicole has opened for jazz legend Dave Brubeck, the doo-woop group "the Platters" and collabo-rated with world renowned Indian carnatic guitarist and composer Prasanna while teaching and touring in India. She was featured in a video interview by Columbia News Tonight as "New Yorker of the week" for her work with music and shelter animals.