The Matt Baker Trio & Grammy-Nominee Nicole Zuraitis



APRIL 19 - MAY 2, 2021  |  On Demand

Pay What You Can (Suggested: $15)

On Stage At Kingsborough proudly commissioned the filming of this performance.

A Rhapsody of Gershwin presents a whole new spin on the music of one of America’s most celebrated composers; this is Gershwin interpreted like never before, with an all-star line-up from the heart of New York’s jazz scene. 

This swinging concert brings Rhapsody in Blue to the jazz stage, featuring the original piano score arranged and accompanied by the Matt Baker trio, and Grammy Nominated Vocalist Nicole Zuraitis. Hear such musical gems as “The Man I Love,” “Embraceable You,” “Summertime,” and other thrilling compositions from the classical and popular worlds of George Gershwin.

Matt Baker is a Montreaux International Solo Jazz Piano Competition award-winner and was for two consecutive years the exclusive in-house band for the Festival. Originally from Australia, Matt has called New York City home since 2010, and performs at jazz venues throughout the city and abroad. Baker’s sideman credits include touring and performing with vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway, Jennifer Holliday, Patti LaBelle, Veronica Swift (2015 Monk competition winner), Tierney Sutton, Arianna Neikrug (2015 Sarah Vaughan competition winner) and Judy Collins, as well as guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm.

Nicole Zuraitis was nominated dually with her husband Dan Pugach for the 61st annual Grammy® Awards for their arrangement of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”. Zuraitis 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. Nicole has headlined Birdland, the Blue Note (NYC) and maintains residencies at the 55 Bar, Rockwood Music Hall (with the Dan Pugach Nonet), and Redeye Grill.

On Stage At Kingsborough is proud to be a part of the 2021 Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival.


This performance is available On Demand from April 19 through May 2nd. A link will be sent to ticketholders at 10:00 AM EST on the first day of the performance (or immediately upon purchase thereafter).

“...huge standing ovations! Brilliant!"
– Broadway World 

“You can't help but stop and take notice." 
– Jazz Inside Magazine (on Nicole Zuraitis)

The Australian Piano Whiz...”
- The New York Times

Nicole Zuraitis