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- Based in Los Angeles,CA
- 1920 S. Pandora #11
- City, Zip Code & State
- Los Angeles, CA 90025
Jazz at it's finest with a french twist! Critics repeatedly return to specific words in their reviews: Sexy, Sultry, Hot!
La Brasserie des Artistes
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
phone # 323-655-6196.
She will be appearing on Saturday February 3, 2001
19337 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356.
phone # 818-996-4662.
Nicole and her group, Nicole's Tres Jazz, also have a live performance CD just released!
Nicole has returned from a triumphal engagement at The Paris Hotel, the newest neon luxury resort on the Vegas Strip, with her renowned Musical Director maestro Delbert Taylor on piano. Other Tres Jazzers--Paul Morin on Bass, with Bob Lee alternating. Early McAllister on saxophone. Quintin Dennard on drums, with Raymond Pounds alternating.
C'est si bon, indeed! But, "C'EST SI BON" also happens to be the title of her recent CD, produced by BILLY MITCHELL (piano) with LEEROY BALL on electric bass, QUINTIN DENNARD on drums, WERNER SCHUCHNER on guitar and HERMAN RILEY on sax. "Jazz at it's finest with a French touch!", is how ILENE PROCTOR describes "Nicole's sensuous smoky alto". Where there's smoke, there's fire.
sexy, sultry, hot. The brown-eyed blonde, with the svelte figure for stunning gowns, is that and more. BOB AGNEW writes in LA JAZZ SCENE that Nicole is "at times reminiscent of the sound of MARLENE DIETRICH, but unlike Dietrich, she is animated." Witty, with a perfect comedic timing. Her exuberance is infectious. Besides enjoying her sexy voice, audiences and back-up musicians at her shows have fun.
She started out as a dancer. It was when she was performing for a crowd of a thousand as a little girl, that she discovered she felt most at home on the stage. At seventeen, she broadened her career and headed for Hollywood. Producers and hosts of well known TV shows, as well as movie directors discovered that Nicole could act. Everything changed when, for the first time in front of an audience, she sang. The song was "Is That All There Is?" and that was the end of the dancer. Nicole recalls: "I had them crying. I had me crying. And I thought, oh my God, singing is for me!"
Nicole's stage presence creates an intimate rapport with each individual in the room. "I'm a story teller. There is a spiritual process that only happens in front of an audience. It brings out such emotions. I love to make people laugh. I love to make them cry and they love to be torn apart! I love making people dream".
No stranger to the Los Angeles music scene, fans know Nicole from jazz institutions like Lunaria, Monteleone's, Miceli's, Legacy, Frankie's, Chadney's and Ca'Del Sole, among others. Nicole has shared the stage with some of the city's finest musicians, whether it be soloing with a fifty piece orchestra under the leadership of DELBERT TAYLOR or the HAROLD BENNETT TRIO. She's had the pleasure of working with DICK LESLIE, GILDO MAHONES, HERMAN RILEY, HENRY 'SKIPPER' FRANKLIN and SHERMAN FERGUSON, to name just a few.
When she found Jazz, Nicole discovered passion and freedom: "It was like I'd gotten out of a girdle! My ears opened up and I heard and felt something new. I was listening to my soul. Something happened to my heart. You start to realize you are one of the instruments and you think: this is me!" 4FRONT MAGAZINE, LA JAZZ SCENE and her listeners think so too. At the 1999 Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, Nicole received a standing ovation.
“If you are impressed by stage presence, charisma and camaraderie with the audience, then Nicole, with her engaging alto voice, is your gal.”
Bob Agnew, “LA Jazz Scene”
“After two nights of following French Jazz Diva Nicole Martel around town, I am convinced that my search for sultry, sexy jazz vocals and hot magnificent live instrumentation is over.”
Henry Dittman, “4Front Magazine”
“C’est Si Bon!, a spectacular work of art on behalf of Nicole and her musicians. This CD is a must for all jazz lovers. Nicole’s smile and warmth reaches through the speakers and straight into your heart.”
Pamula Oland, "Songwriter"
Among other cities, Nicole Martel may serve the following areas: Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach, Inglewood, Van Nuys, Glendale, Burbank, North Hollywood, Santa Monica, Whittier, Torrance, Alhambra, Northridge, Pomona, Compton, Beverly Hills, Lakewood, Ontario, Woodland Hills, Arcadia, Buena Park, Canoga Park, Carson, Culver City, Downey, El Monte, Encino, La Puente, Norwalk, Pico Rivera
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