Jazz Singer and Cincinnati Native Petra van Nuis Returns Tonight for Hometown Album Release Party

Now based in Chicago, the vocalist is back in town to support her recent release with pianist Dennis Luxion, 'Because We're Night People'

Feb 25, 2019 at 10:03 am
click to enlarge Dennis Luxion and Petra van Nuis
Dennis Luxion and Petra van Nuis

Jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis — a Cincinnati native now based in Chicago — is back in her hometown and tonight (Feb. 25) will perform at Walnut Hills Jazz spot Caffè Vivace. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and there is a $10 cover charge at the door.

Van Nuis has returned to Cincinnati to support her latest album, Because We're Night People, which features songs with a nighttime theme. Featuring pianist Dennis Luxion (who she'll perform with tonight), the 13-track album has received several glowing reviews from the international Jazz press since its release late last year. In a four-star review in DownBeat, writer J. Poet enthused, "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."

Night People was re-released in Japan on the Muzak label, which issued a pair of other van Nuis recordings in the past. The singer worked heavily in Cincinnati's Jazz scene when she lived here and has been based in Chicago for about a decade now. 

Here's a live performance video of van Nuis and Luxion released to promote Night People and featuring six songs from the collection. The video was shot at a show last year at Chicago's PianoForte.

Click here for more info on the Feb. 25 show at Caffè Vivace.

For more on Petra van Nuis, visit petrasings.com.