Petra Sings
JAZZ VOCALIST PETRA VAN NUIS

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"Because We're Night People" CD Reviews

October 2018
Recent Listening: van Nuis & Luxion
By Doug Ramsey, Rifftides
"A highlight among 2018 vocal albums...Throughout, she sustains long notes perfectly in tune...distinctive...delicious...just the right blend of sadness and wit...This will have a long stay on most listeners’ shelves."
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January 2019
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal International
"Van Nuis is not as well known internationally as should be the case although she has a devoted following in Japan. An exceptionally gifted singer, she has a light yet subtly textured sound and is always delightfully melodic...filled with many memorable moments, notably in Van Nuis’s interpretation of the lyrics; these are clearly very important to her and she delivers them with admirable sincerity."
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March 2019
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Lissette Corsa, Jazziz Magazine
"Van Nuis exudes tenderness and sensual warmth with her phrasing...her voice delicately tinged with nostalgia...a collection of spellbinding sonic snapshots that movingly capture the intricacies of life...brimming with beguiling intimacy and mystery...pure magic."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By George Fendel, High Standards Jazz
"One of those rare recordings that just grabs you and holds on until the last note...like Lady Day, Blossom Dearie and very few others, Petra conveys the meaning of a lyric in a very direct manner...a singer who gets it and puts it across to the listener...I hope to hear more from Petra and would suggest this to her: don't change a thing."
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February 2019
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By j. Poet, DownBeat Magazine
**** (Four Stars) "Van Nuis has a warm, intimate singing style, marked by playful phrasing that dances around a lyric to emphasize its emotional content...the vocalist imbues the longing and hopelessness of the lyric with a palpable sense of anguish."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Toshiro Kobari, Jazz Critique Magazine (Japan)
"Her signature charm is found in the coexistence of her relaxed feel and cool intelligence...a place where the agony, comfort, and hope of life meet...the world painted is profound...a recommended listen as the nights begin to draw in."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz Magazine
"Petra van Nuis gives lyrics the kind of attention and understanding that makes each of them sound special, as if written just for her...a vocal album that rates among the best of the year."
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October 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine
"...tender and yearning singing, full of reserved emotion and eloquence...deeply moving and subtly provocative...a satisfyingly multilayered disc that delights more with each spin."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Eiji Kitahara, Jazz Life Magazine (Japan)
"The texture of her delicate, graceful voice is reminiscent of Blossom Dearie’s but uniquely chic and charming...the world created is rich and intimate...the perfect record to listen to after being liberated from work...unwinding both body and soul."
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October 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Lance Liddle, Bebop Spken Here (UK)
"It's been a great year for vocalists, Petra ranks alongside the best of them...The music is fantastic...sensuous sounding...is 11 out of 10 high enough?"
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October 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Keizo Takada, Record Collectors Magazine (Japan)
"A voice quickly becoming cherished by the Japanese audience, the bright and beautiful Petra releases her latest...the applause at the end are the only thing by which one realizes this breathtaking album and its quality sound were actually recorded live...a definite recommendation."
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June 2019
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By George Harris, Jazz Weekly
"Van Nuis has a vocal tone that is has a dash of late era Billie Holiday, along with an almost poetic timing to enunciation of lyrics...a rich collection of heartfelt stories...van Nuis’ sandied voice patiently producing moods via nuance and lyric."
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March 2019
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Andreas Geyer, Jazz Podium Magazine (Germany)
"A highly nuanced, silky-shimmering voice...singing which can plumb the dramatic depth of a piece with a whispered phrase and colorful articulation...succeeds in transporting the listener into the depths of nightlife with her intimate, highly atmospheric, creative interpretations."
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October 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz
"An album that is both hauntingly atmospheric and filled with creative substance...refined grace and emotive vocals. Van Nuis intones a warm and passionate lullaby."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Kazune Hayata, CD Journal (Japan)
"Captivating many fans with her sweet-sounding voice reminiscent of Beverly Kenney and Blossom Dearie, she has now managed to outdo herself with her latest album... standards are showcased in a graceful, mature fashion."
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October 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"Hey world, it’s time you found out what Chicagoans and Japanese already know, Petra Sings isn’t just the name of van Nuis’s website. Pure saloon jazz vocal that would make Sinatra proud he referred to himself as a saloon singer. Killer stuff."
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November 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion - "Because We're Night People"
By Editorial Staff, Stereo Magazine (Japan)
"An enchanting elegance clothes Petra as she sings in a relaxed tempo, pondering the meaning behind the words."
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"Lessons Lyrical" CD Reviews

January 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz
"A splendid recording...engaging as it is imaginative...impeccable artistic synergy...voice and guitar sashaying in unison with sensuality and passion..ardent emotion and hypnotic resonance."
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Devon "Doc" Wendell, Dr. Jazz
"...beautifully romantic, pure and ultimately masterful...swings magically...delicate, dynamic and ethereal...gorgeously under produced...undisturbed by commercial concerns. The soul throughout this recording is just relentless...an essential purchase."
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February 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Hijiri Kanno, Jazz Life Magazine (Japan)
"The quality of her voice is so distinctive, with freshness and a hint of cleverness, perfectly balanced together that it leaves a lasting impression...Her style is delicate, and brings out the essence and original intentions of each song...Her voice produces an intimacy which warms the heart...instills a pleasant sense of nostalgia... It ever so gently moved my soul."
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October 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Lance Liddle, bebop spoken here
"...a voice that makes every day seem like Spring. Flawless and original interpretations of songs, some of which you thought you knew only to find out you didn't really know them at all! There's also a few undiscovered gems as well as some you'd forgotten about. I guarantee they'll never be forgotten again!"
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Bruce Crowther, Jazz Mostly
"Underlying Petra’s light yet sensual vocal sound is a mature understanding of the lyrics...light-hearted yet engaging...performed in a fresh and thoroughly entertaining manner. This album is a real joy and warmly recommended to all who like to hear good songs well played and sung."
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Palmer Moore, Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club
"...the bravest project two young musicians could possibly put out in today's market. A quaintly brilliant 'platter' amidst a world becoming increasingly less interested in subdued tender truly artistic music from the heart....deeply talented and endearing to the listener...a touch of pure class...just what this chaotic world needs right now."
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February 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Shoji Ichikawa, Stereo Magazine (Japan)
"Petra is quite distinctive in that she sings American Standards infused with her affectionate voice.  Her sweet voice is reminiscent of legends such as Blossom Dearie and Ann Burton."
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives
"...her sweet voice, clear diction, and individualistic phrasing set her apart....it's clear the words mean everything to her. She can be tender, rueful, wistful, but she can also romp: her summons to "Doctor Jazz" is a pager that no medical professional could ignore..."
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February 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Editorial Desk, Japan Jazz Magazine
"Petra’s soft charming voice and tight vocal style are reminiscent of Beverly Kenney and Janet Seidel...beautiful...sylish...stands out from the rest."
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January 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
"Ms. van Nuis has a sweet and youthful voice, does justice to lyrics, and improvises with subtlety...delightful and cheerful renditions...easily recommended."
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November 2017
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Randy Freedman, Chicago Jazz Magazine
"...inherent charm and appeal...van Nuis tells a complete story that goes beyond the mere scope of the lyrics...sets a high bar for others to follow..the latest chapter in a continually unfolding success story..."
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February 2018
CD Review - Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown - "Lessons Lyrical"
By Toshiro Kobari, Jazz Critique Magazine (Japan)
"Her vocal style is Blossom Dearie-esque, a particularly difficult form of singing, which relies on precise pronunciation and accurate rhythm in place of heavy emotional expression.  Petra’s vocal is impeccable in this sense...Her mastery of this technique is much more difficult than it appears."
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"Live In Chicago" CD Reviews

January 2013
CD Review - Petra's Recession Seven - "Live In Chicago"
By Jack Huntley, All About Jazz
"Petra van Nuis' voice is at once alluring and robust...her tone alternates between delicate playfulness and declarative strength, perfectly suiting the hot jazz..."
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July 2016
CD Review - Petra's Recession Seven - "Live In Chicago"
By Dan Singer, In Tune International
"What a joy...This session must have put everyone in a great mood...Petra holds her own throughout with all of her six amazing musicians...smashing vocals...sensational...a swinging dazzler."
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October 2012
CD Review -Petra's Recession Seven - "Live In Chicago"
By Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"...a solid dose of happy, crazy depression era music...the kind of music we haven't heard since the last time someone wrote Dave McKenna a sizeable check...a top shelf date...a dazzling set that should not be missed..."
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January 2013 and June 2013
CD Review - Petra's Recession Seven - "Live In Chicago"
By Harvey Barkan, LA Jazz Scene and American Rag Magazine (published twice)
"It's a killer of a band that grabs your attention and doesn't give it back until they're finished playing...a jazz stylist that uniquely handles lyrics with respect for what they convey, massaging them to personalize the lyrical messages."
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September 2012
CD Review - Petra's Recession Seven - "Live In Chicago"
By Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
"Do you like music that is sheer fun? If so, you must latch onto "Live in Chicago"...Their musicianship is first rate, and they swing mightily..."
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February 2012
"The Artist?" Try Seven Artists!
By Dan Healy, Arts America
"The Recession Seven sells their jaunty melodies and sharp rhythms with panache...vocalist Petra van Nuis brilliantly embodies the best singers of the 1930's...wittily references the past and exudes expressive nuance at the same time."
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"Far Away Places" CD Reviews

January 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Jack Huntley, All About Jazz Magazine
"...van Nuis' vocal quality is at once strong and wistful...never fails to support the melody's cadences with her range and endearing clarity...engaging vocal interpretations.. a beautiful landscape...interpretations are over-flowing with skill and imagination."
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March 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"It ain't about the fireworks, it's about the purity of the performance...When you've got it going on, you've got it going on."
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October 2009
Petra and Andy Reward Us
By Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives
"...I heard her version of A COTTAGE FOR SALE, and I was just about stunned by its great dramatic range, mixing ruefulness, poignancy, and loss - without overacting so much as a hair....I might never hear that song sung so heartbreakingly again..."
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September 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat Magazine
"...a light, gorgeous and fairly delicate voice... a gift for melody and plenty of rhytmic confidence...overall intelligence makes understatement and subtlety virtues... beautifully rendered."
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May 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Matt Warnock, Guitar International
"...a musical excursion into the creative minds of these two talented jazzers...their interaction is incredible to witness...you won't be disappointed..."
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July 2017
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Dan Singer, In Tune International Magazine
"Songs just never sound the same to me after I hear Petra van Nuis sing them. She has a most unusual charming set of vocal pipes... a musical one of a kind message...simply enchanting..."
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October 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By George W. Harris, JazzWeekly.com
"...charming, unassuming and completely guileless...relaxed, defenseless and disarmed...salt water taffy of a voice...This CD will remind you of the old adage that less is more."
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August 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Keizo Takada, Record Collectors Magazine (Japan)
"...an attractive girlish voice in the vein of Blossom Dearie...with very clear diction and comfortable phrasing she makes the listeners want to hear her again and over again..."
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March 2011
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Andreas Geyer, Jazz Podium Magazine (Germany)
"...magical musical dialogue, which can only partially be described as blind understanding...wonderfully relaxed music is an invitation to dream and listen."
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June 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
"She gives "Let's Do It" the suggestive edge that makes it most effective. This recording will find an immediate place in my stack of must hear again and again discs..."
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April 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Jeff Tamarkin, All Music Guide
"Petra is not a belter but a soother, and she keeps things clean and simple when she sings, avoiding the pyrotechnics and histrionics that are increasingly popular today."
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Jan 2010
Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown "Far Away Places"
By Cor De Pater, Old Jazz Express (The Netherlands)
"While sitting by the fireplace with a good drink in hand, I will often insert this CD into my player. Then I will dream..."
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"A Sweet Refrain" CD Reviews

March 2007
CD Reviews
By Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
"...a sweet voice, a straightforward delivery...a bit like Anita O' Day...touches of Billie Holiday, Blossom Dearie, and Mildred Bailey in her phrasing but not in the sound of her voice which is distinctive..."
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2008
Petra Van Nuis "A Sweet Refrain"
Review by Brad Walseth, ChicagoJazz.net
"van Nuis manages to combine various influences into an original style all her own...obviously inspired by Peggy Lee and Chris Connor...also brings some of Lady Day Billie Holiday's phrasing as well as a touch of Doris Day innocence. And it is a winning combination..."
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January 2014
CD Reviews
By Dan Singer, Singer's Singers
"Petra van Nuis caught my attention from her very first note of her opening song...what is revealed here is Petra's unison elegance and swing...a delightful musical gift...an essential musical masterpiece... you'll delight in the warm sensitivity of Petra's vocal."
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