Thursday, Mar. 14, 2024

10:00 am -11:30 am

For the 2023-24 Music Alive! season, beloved Valley jazz musician Nicole Pesce continues her popular series showcasing iconic composers of the Great American Songbook.  For the current season, Nicole’s four programs will feature entertaining and informative explorations into the works of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Eubie Blake and Hazel Scott.  With virtuosic jazz piano “chops”, inventive arrangements and thoughtful personal perspectives on the music and creators, Nicole makes each program a special can’t miss event!  Be sure to RSVP, as Nicole’s series always sells-out. 

Celebrating the Great American Songbook with Nicole Pesce
is graciously sponsored by Bob and Charlotte Otto.

Led By

Nicole Pesce

Nicole Pesce *

Pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger Nicole Pesce entertaining audiences with a unique blend of virtuosity, humor, and pizzazz. Nicole’s “Happy Birthday Variations” video has over six million views on YouTube, and Nicole was recognized by Arizona Foothills Magazine with their “Best of 2014” Award for Best Local Band/Musician. With a repertoire consisting of over 12,000 memorized songs, Nicole is often dubbed “the human iPod,” and is hailed as “one of the top ten musicians to hear in Phoenix,” by the Arizona Republic.

Nicole has performed for George Benson, Muhammad Ali, Ricky Martin, President George HW Bush, Waylon Jennings, Taylor Hicks, Janet Napolitano, Shaquille O’Neal, President Jimmy Carter, Chris Rock, Steve Nash, The Gypsy Kings, Glen Campbell, Margaret Cho and Brian Setzer. She’s appeared with American Idol contestant David Hernandez, The Moscow Ballet, Zowie Bowie, and the casts of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, and Mamma Mia!

* returning Musicfest artist