“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, Downbeat Magazine
Petra van Nuis - vocals
Chris White - piano
Eric Schneider - sax
A former dancer and Cincinnati native, Petra came to Chicago in 2004.Petra performs regularly at Chicago's prominent jazz venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, the Illiana Jazz Club, Fitzgerald's, and Andy’s Jazz Club. Her Recession Seven group was featured at the 2011 Chicago Jazz Festival.
Regionally, Petra sings at jazz clubs, jazz societies, and festivals in the Midwest and East Coast. Highlights include the Chautauqua Jazz Party (NY), the Roswell Jazz Festival (NM), the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival (IA), and twice headlining the Michelob Women In Jazz Festival (OH).
Internationally, Petra has toured in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Canada with highlights including the Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, Canada), the Gorinchem Jazz Festival (the Netherlands' oldest jazz festival), and the Jazzhaus Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany). Petra has recorded three CDs and her 2009 release “Far Away Places” was re-issued in Japan on the Japanese label Muzak.