Nichaud Fitzgibbon has long been regarded as one of Melbourne's finest jazz singers, a sure swinger with a superb voice and a confident stage presence. The recent release of her long-awaited solo album "After Hours" should see her reputation spread around the country. This debut reveals her broad musical interests from Bossa to Swing and features some of Melbourne's finest jazz musicians.
Nichaud Fitzgibbon was born in Wycheproof, Victoria (and apart from the race - The King of the Mountain - it's most famous export!) A member of the renowned jazz and showbiz family, Nichaud grew up listening to jazz in the club run by her father, the popular singer Smacka Fitzgibbon. Nichaud's musical destiny can perhaps be put down to her sitting on Louis Armstrong's knee at the age of 3! She was there along with her dad Smacka Fitzgibbon when Louis graced our shores. The first time Nichaud can remember music was hearing her Mum playing a Billie Holiday record and "What a Little Moonlight" was the song she fell in love with. Her Dad's records were her first influence. She listened to The Boswell Sisters, Al Bowly and The Chocolate Dandies. Her Grandmother Minnie was also a big influence and encouraged her to learn the piano at the age of 6.
Nichaud started performing with her brother Mark in the early eighties and she performed at all the regular jazz venues and festivals around town, before leaving for London. 1985 saw her arrive in London ... she stayed for 3 years. During this time she performed at many jazz clubs and festivals and a highlight was an impromptu performance with Pharaoh Sanders at Ronnie Scott's club. Nichaud returned to Melbourne in 1988 and performed in various bands, including her original funk band YOYO. She toured Australia with rock star James Reyne and worked extensively on TV. During the 90's, Nichaud recorded with "The Moovin and Groovin Orchestra" and started the popular band "So Nice" with Jane Clifton, which celebrates the music of Sergio Mendez. Nichaud has appeared on a variety of television shows in Melbourne, including the recent ABC jazz series "The Pulse" and was commissioned to sing three rare Gershwin songs for Barry Humphries' "So Rare 2" CD.
"Melbourne has known it for years but, with the release of this exceptional debut CD, so will Australia - Nichaud Fitzgibbon is a special singer ... a first rate singer in any style or tempo. But it's as a balladeer that she excels". Kevin Jones - The Australian Nov 2001
"Nichaud Fitzgibbon sings jazz - she sings it with swinging ease and an innate feel for the heart and soul of a tune". Kenny Weir - Sunday Herald Sun, December 2001