Litchfield Jazz Festival & Jazz Camp

Teaching Artists

Nicole Zuraitis

Nicole Zuraitis

Photo By Brooke Duffy

Nicole Zuraitis

Live at the 2008 Litchfield Jazz Festival Photo By Antonio Monteiro

Nicole Zuraitis

Vocalist

Nicole Zuraitis, a native of Litchfield, CT, began attending the Litchfield Jazz Camp at age 12.  Midwest Records hails Nicole as having "a unique leg up on the field with her lighter than air voice and her understanding and appreciation of the lyrics...this is a singer we can enjoy now and keep an eye on for the future." Zuraitis is a recent New York University graduate (2007), receiving her bachelor of music in vocal performance, and has been pursuing an active, diverse and successful music career ever since. She has been a voice instructor for the Litchfield Jazz Camp since 2005, and debuted live on the Main Stage at the 2008 Litchfield Jazz Festival on August 2nd, right on the heels of the release of her debut record "Nicole Zuraitis; Spread the Word".  Her CD was recorded with fellow teaching artists of the Litchfield Jazz Camp; Winard Harper, Luques Curtis and Zaccai Curtis.  Nicole won First Place in the New York City National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal Competition, CTLIVE Music Artist Spotlight Winner of August 2008, and most recently has begun collaborating with her fellow musicians on a new recording project of her original compositions.  Her music bridges the gap between straight ahead jazz to neo-soul and blues, and her diversity extends all the way to her roots as a classical singer.  NBC-30 CT sums up Nicole's performing in one word: "Amazing".