Bell Award (2017), Mo Award 2001, 2003 & 2004, National Jazz Award (1998) winner and A.R.I.A Finalist 2001, 2004, 2009 Michelle Nicolle is a jazz musician whose chosen instrument is Voice.
One of Australia’s most celebrated jazz performers touring, recording and educating aspiring musicians for the last two decades, Michelle is known for her ability to get right to the heart of a song, as well as being an in the moment improviser.
Recipients of the 2017 Bell Australian Jazz Award for Vocal Album of the Year the Michelle Nicolle Quartet is critically acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest, most prolific and inventive jazz ensembles in the country - releasing 8 CDs and touring extensively; highlights include South Korea, Finland, and Czech Republic, Asia Pacific Festival (Russia), Tokyo Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), New Zealand, Turkey, Estonia, Singapore.
Recently Michelle has performed concerts and workshops in London (2016) JEN Conference, New Orleans, Miami University and JazzVox in Seattle, USA (2017)
Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Geoff is a highly accomplished musician. His practical knowledge of harmony and time is rare and much sought after – honing his craft whilst living and working throughout Europe in the 1980’s. During this time Geoff’s gigs included The North Holland Philharmonic,and supporting jazz greats Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, andHerb Ellis.
Since moving to Australia he’s recorded a CD “The Drop” with Allan Browne, and brought his unique sound to the bands of Joe Chindamo and Christine Sullivan. He often plays sessions with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and touring shows such as The Main Event. Geoff is a core member of teaching staff at the Victorian College of the Arts, and in 2007 he completed his Masters in Music Performance at The University of Melbourne.
Geoff Hughes Trio
Based in Melbourne, for over 25 years Ronny has been performing, composing and teaching jazz related music in many and varied environments. His vast experiences have taken him to many parts of the world, performing at jazz festivals and clubs and as a student and teacher. A committed student of jazz and its history Ronny has developed his teaching around various folk traditions that have influenced jazz rhythm, and how and and why elements of these traditions influence today’s contemporary music.
Ronny is currently teaching at Melbourne University where he is working with jazz students teaching small ensemble studies, improvisation techniques and runs a lecture in jazz history/culture. Alongside this position he works for the Song Room, running music engagement programmes for primary school students, and teaches drumet and percussion privately and at Ringwood Secondary College.