Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Nicole Zuraitis

Grammy® Nominated vocalist, pianist and compose rNicole Zuraitis blends clever songwriting skills, an effervescent presence and dazzling vocals in a consummate package that has thrilled audiences across Manhattan and across the world. Nicole was nominated dually with her husband Dan Pugach in the arrangement category the 61st annual Grammy® Awards for their version of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”.  Connecticut Magazine listed her in their “40 under 40 Class of 2020” and the WOW Forum in Torrington, CT hosted her as a guest of honor in the fall of 2019. She is the vocalist for the world famous Birdland Big Band in New York City and her album Hive Mind won Best Jazz Album in the 2018 International Music and Entertainment Awards. In 2016 she won the New York City Songwriting Competition Coffee Music Project, in 2015 was the second runner-up in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and in 2014 won the Herb Alpert ASCAP Young Composer Award. She's also the People’s Choice and Johnny Mercer Award winner in the National American Traditions Vocal Competition. Her brand new project, Generations of Her: Women Songwriters and Lyricists of the last 100 years has sold out both the Birdland Theater and the Cell Theater in New York within months of its conception. Nicole has headlined Birdland, the Blue Note (NYC) and maintains residencies at the 55 Bar (every second Thursday of the month), Rockwood Music Hall (with the Dan Pugach Nonet), and Redeye Grill. While pursuing a career that has spanned jazz, pop and classical, Nicole has collaborated with Cyrille Aimee, Thana Alexa, Dave Stryker, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin, Omar Hakim, Melanie Safka, Helen Sung and Bernard Purdie. She’s performed at festivals nationwide, and has recorded two albums: 2013’s Pariah Anthem and 2009’s Spread The Word, both releases featuring the cream of New York’s jazz hierarchy. Her newest album ALL WANDERING HEARTS will released in July 2020 with Dot Time Records. She resides in West Haven, CT with her husband Dan and foster dog Bella. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Nicole
Job Title/Position: 
Vocalist, Pianist, Songwriter, Arranger
Physical Address: 
28 West Walk
West Haven, CT 06516
Last Name: 
Zuraitis
Phone: 
8603096915

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Jazz
Music - New
Music - Pop / Rock
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Hebrew
Italian
Portuguese
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Performance / Concert / Reading
Publishing
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
200
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Recording Academy
BMI
Education: 
New York University
Awards: 
Grammy Nomination
Connecticut Magazine Top 40 under 40 2020
WOW Forum Guest of Honor Speaker
New York Coffee Music Project Winner
International Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition Second Runner Up

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Musical Backline
Piano/Keyboard
Vocal Amplification and Monitor
Bass amp and Guitar Amp
Drums if applicable
Fee Range Minimum: 
$750
Fee Range Maximum: 
$8,000
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
10

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Music
Theater
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,000