Petra Sings
JAZZ VOCALIST PETRA VAN NUIS

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March 2020
With little or no safety net, jazz musicians watch their gigs disappear as coronavirus spreads
By Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
“I never quite saw something like this, where in one 48-72 hour period all the gigs ended,” said Chicago jazz guitarist Andy Brown. “It’s like somebody dropped an atom bomb on the town, or there was a solar flare, and all the power went out.” Said Chicago jazz singer Petra van Nuis, his wife, “It all seemed to happen in a couple of days. On Thursday, the 12th (of March), all day long, call after call, cancellation after cancellation. … I have basically nothing, because I work at clubs, restaurants and bars.”
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June 2018
Petra van Nuis Celebrates the Art Of Swing
By Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
"I always see every gig as a chance to hire someone more experienced than me and to learn something," says van Nuis of her seasoned colleagues. "All those guys have such a history — all the people they’ve played with! Russ Phillips’ dad played with Louis Armstrong, so he grew up watching in the wings. Bob Ojeda was playing with Stan Kenton’s band in his youth...I try to not exactly be the boss. My idea of good leadership is to get people that you believe in, that you love, that you trust, and then kind of cut them loose, let them do their thing."
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November 2017
Petra van Nuis Interview
By Rita Juanita Mock, Jazzgroupiez
"I enjoy when the magic happens...the real magic that occurs when everybody's listening to each other and the audience really hears something…When you really feel that sincere emotion...that moment when you really connect with yourself, the other musicians, the audience. When you feel those sparks fly...every time you take a chance and you release yourself and surrender in your brain—that little critical voice stops yapping at you. You can really explore without fear and feel and hear something."
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May 2014
Duo take jazz, one another, to heart
By Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
"I don't know what it is about us, but we've always hung out with people older than us," van Nuis says. "It is an amazing thing to see and hear those of a previous generation still so vital and still growing creatively. It is so inspiring."
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October 2019
An Afternoon of Stories and Jazz
By Patrick Romanowski, Evanston RoundTable
"Ms. van Nuis’s vocals are extraordinarily expressive and delicate. Reminiscent of the immortal Blossom Dearie, her sound is poetic and light but not without evoking a true depth of experience and tone that is undeniably the real thing...Ms. van Nuis nods to her experience in learning to sing jazz as, “More the way it used to be done, where you just kind of find people in your town that you dig and follow them around. You learn by watching and doing."
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November 2014
WBEZ Chicago 91.5 (NPR)
Listen to Petra and guitarist Andy Brown's performance/interview with Tony Sarabia, host of "The Morning Shift"
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December 2018
WGN 720 AM
Listen to Petra's interview with Rick Kogan, host of "After Hours"
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March 2014
WRHU 88.7 FM (Radio Hofstra University)
Listen to Petra's interview with John Bohannon, host of "The Jazz Café"

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