If we lived in a rational world, you would be declared a national treasure. Many thanks, Petra, for helping to keep good music alive in this melody-hostile world.
Roger Crane, Song Scout
I have to tell you that I was really moved by the way you sang. I am not a musical person so I don't have the language or knowledge to comment in that way, but as a layperson I was transported. Though I've listened to songs like "Autumn in New York" before, I really heard the words for the first time, heard the story, felt the emotions, saw the quality of the light on the buildings that fall day. I'm sure you're technically excellent too, but from my seat, I appreciated the art of it, the intimate sharing of what it means to be human. Thanks!
Susan Rohrback, fan
The extremely talented Chicago jazz vocalist, Petra van Nuis always leaves her audience stunned. She unearths music so intimate and filled with emotion that the entire audience cannot help but feel her sincerity.
Alice Alviani, owner of Joplin's Java and Ragtime Cafe
I'm listening to "A Sweet Refrain" for the 12,471st time or so. "Moonlight Becomes You" came on, grabbed me as usual, and I had to suddenly fight off tears. Most every song on that album has bullet-proof impact that never gets old.
Jon Hansen, fan
Every night should be like last night - well attended with jazz fans for classic performers like Petra. I told some of the patrons that listening to Petra was reminiscent of Spring - fresh, innocent, playful...just starting out life's endeavors with the wide eyed naivate of first love.
Katerina Carson, owner of Katerina's - an eclectic club with its soul in the arts
We Chicagoans owe you and your fellow musicians for what you brought to the Jazz Showcase last night. You're The Top!
Ira Weiss, fan
Petra delivers a lyric line in a manner that makes you appreciate its meaning. What a refreshing experience to hear someone sing like the words mean something. Listen to Petra's revealing interpretations and discover fresh nuances of the music some have begun to take for granted.
Nate Lawrence, Director of Polyrhythms
You started my day with a smile and I relived Friday evenings' entertainment. I was mesmerized by your performance. I only wish it could have lasted longer. It seemed that you were playing just for me. It was truly an enjoyable evening.
William Wynn, fan
We live in a world where excess means success. You have to sell millions of copies. You have to do concerts for a million people. You have sing at a million decibels. Petra van Nuis comes from another world...from a world where less is more. From a world where we hear in music only the essential: elegance, melody, pleasure. She is a perfect reincarnation of the great singers of 50's, but she has her own style. She has perfect timing, phrasing, and she is sweet and gentle as only a few singers are nowadays. If you live in a peaceful and quiet world, she will be the perfect soundtrack for your life. If you live in a world of excess, rebel: it's time to relax and hear Petra sing.
Roberto Callage, Brazilian record producer
Just wanted you to know that your performance on Friday was AMAZING!! FLAWLESS!! Simply well done. First performance where all of my emotions were touched. You really do make music come alive. BEAUTIFUL voice!!
Ken Harvey, fan
My absolute gratitude to you and Andy for a terrific evening. Once in a great while, a program transcends a nice library event and becomes something far more memorable; a moment where I feel truly lucky to be part of it (like the rest of the world might be burning down in chaos, but for our little group everything is perfect). And you and Andy provided that last night.
Craig Pierce, librarian at Clarendon Hills Public Library
It was just WONDERFUL to see and hear you Thursday night. That's what Real Music Making is all about!! I am so glad that there were lots of folks who came to take in the sheer joy of it. The musical chemistry was infectious. It's the only kind of virus to have! You all are The Best. It was certainly a memorable evening!
Dotty Mayer, fan
Keep doing what you do, Petra...You are SO good. You sang the slow ballads with so much feeling, and yet it's never 'overkill' with you....some singers never realize that less is more...but you do your own understated style very tastily!!! You sing the song in YOUR style, and it's really a breath of spring to hear! Nothing was trite and typical. You sing with understatement and taste....and joy!! You look very much at home on stage, and relaxed, and very very happy....audiences love to see you smile.....they can't help but smile back, you know!! You are VERY,VERY good at your craft, Petra!!! Hooray!!
Joan Reynolds,pianist/leader of the Red Rose Ragtime band
Petra, you and your band really do have something unique and great that should continue for as long as possible.
Your musicians are so joyful.
They elicit sheer joy in the audience, as well, and for a time, we all forget our problems.
You and your band have the ability to create a group experience which is so rare these days.
It is almost like a communion and is very special.
It seems like there is an egolessness in your band, that everyone is rooting for everyone else on your team to do their best.
I usually only see kind of team spirit when there is great leadership present.
Chris Abiera, fan