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Teri Roiger (USA) and Michelle Nicolle
Friday, January 5, 2024 @ 8:00 pm
Doors open at 7:30 pm
A double bill featuring two amazing vocalists at the top of their game.
Meeting for the first time in New York in 2020 at Jazz Congress through their mutual friend, mentor and jazz great, Sheila Jordan. Teri and Michelle formed a mutual admiration for each other’s work in the field of contemporary jazz singing.
Both singers are steeped in the tradition of jazz singing following in the footsteps of the greats such as Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn.
For this one-off concert the two vocalists will be joined by New York bass player John Menegon and Melbourne musicians Hugh Stuckey (guitar) and Ronny Ferella (drums).
“Teri has an intuitive laid back sense of time reminiscent of Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter but with her own uniqueness.” JACK DEJOHNETTE (Legendary Jazz Drummer & 2012 NEA JazzMaster)
Over many years of performing in the US and Internationally, Teri Roiger has built a stellar reputation as a singer, composer, and lyricist of profound musicality and depth of spirit. Her five recordings as a leader — GHOST OF YESTERDAY (Shades of Lady Day), DEAR ABBEY (The Music of
Abbey Lincoln), STILL LIFE, SHINE A BRIGHT LIGHT, and MISTERIOSO – have each met with critical acclaim, as have her live performances at festivals and at top New York jazz spots (Birdland, Kitano, Dizzy’s, Mezzrow, Jazz Standard, Pangea, Café Bohemia). Billie Holiday provided the initial spark for Ms. Roiger’s commitment to a life in jazz, and her recordings show her uncommon knowledge, appreciation, and deep love for the artistry of Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Thelonious Monk, and the great American songbook.
“Teri Roiger has a voice like the finest bittersweet chocolate full of rich, dark, contradicting flavors that miraculously blend to create one of the most original vocal instruments in decades” Vic Garbarini, Playboy Magazine
Michelle Nicolle has forged a reputation Nationally and Internationally as a formidable and creative jazz vocalist-musician. Her ability to get right to the heart of a song, whilst being a masterful improviser with the technique to match any instrumentalist has been recognised with a Bell Award (jazz vocal album of the year), Mo Award(s), National Jazz Award winner and 3-time A.R.I.A Finalist.
She has performed with Kurt Elling and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in 2023 was featured soloist with Wynton Marsalis’ “All Rise” with the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra and both the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
“Michelle Nicolle was a standout, her resounding gospel cry of “I Say All Rise” piercing the soul.” – Australian Book Review Aug 28, 2023.
Michelle’s most recent album, The Bach Project (Earshift Music) embraces the music of J.S. Bach in the MNQ’s unique chamber jazz style.
“If there’s such a phenomenon as the perfect jazz singer, Michelle Nicolle is far away my choice.” ***** Eric Myers, The Weekend Australian, Aug 2023
“Michelle is a singer born to sing, born to charm, enlighten and seduce through music.” Kurt Elling