PETRA VAN NUIS &
“Van Nuis has a light, gorgeous and fairly delicate voice, a gift for melody,
plenty of rhythmic confidence and
naturalness when phrasing”
-- Frank John Hadley,
Petra van Nuis - vocals
Dennis Luxion - piano
Chicago based duo, vocalist Petra van Nuis and pianist Dennis Luxion have been noted for their “seamless camaraderie” (Chicago Jazz Magazine) creating "spellbinding sonic snapshots that movingly capture the intricacies of life" (Jazziz Magazine) with a style that is “hauntingly atmospheric and filled with creative substance” (All About Jazz Magazine) taking listeners to “a place where the agony, comfort, and hope of life meet”(Japan's Jazz Critique Magazine).
“A veteran Chicago pianist of impeccable taste and considerable harmonic imagination” (Chicago Tribune), Dennis is best known for being Chet Baker's pianist in the 1980s in Europe where they toured extensively and made six recordings together. Recent overseas performances include atour of Southern Africa as part of the Rhythm Road:American Music Abroad program administered by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Praised for possessing “a light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice…a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence” (Downbeat Magazine), Petra regularly tours Europe and is known around Chicago for her celebrated Recession Seven band and her intimate duo with husband, guitarist Andy Brown.
In October 2018, after several years and countless gigs together, Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion documented their synergistic collaboration with the recording "Because We're Night People," a collection of evening related songs.
In addition to the US release,"Because We're Night People" was re-released in Japan on Muzak, the record label responsible for introducing Petra to Japanese audiences by re-releasing two of her previous recordings.
"Because We're Night People" was chosen by All Nippon Airways (Japan's largest airline) as in-flight entertainment for January/February 2019.
The CD was given 4 stars in the prestigious DownBeat Magazine, which means it will be included in the end of year “Best Of 2019” issue. Famed jazz writer Doug Ramsey praises “a highlight among 2018 vocal albums...distinctive...delicious...just the right blend of sadness and wit...a long stay on most listeners’ shelves.”