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Petra van Nuis
Petra van Nuis is a jazz vocalist who has been described in Downbeat Magazine as having “a light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice…a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence.” A former dancer and Cincinnati native, Petra came to Chicago in 2004 via New York City with her husband, jazz guitarist Andy Brown. Petra performs regularly at Chicago’s prominent venues including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Fitzgerald’s, and Andy’s Jazz Club. Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs has presented Petra’s groups at the Chicago Cultural Center and Chicago Summer Dance. The Jazz Institute of Chicago has featured Petra’s Recession Seven band at the Chicago Jazz Festival and Jazz City. Outside of Chicago, Petra plays at jazz festivals such as the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party, the Roswell Jazz Festival, and Joe Boughton’s Chautauqua Jazz Party with such renowned musicians as Dan Barrett, Nicki Parrott, Ken Peplowski, John Di Martino, Dan Block, Scott Robinson, Frank Tate, Hal Smith, Rossano Sportiello, and Duke Heitger. 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 four CDs and her 2009 release “Far Away Places” was re-issued in Japan on the Japanese label Muzak.
For more info visit: www.petrasings.com
Dennis Luxion is a jazz pianist, composer and educator. He is currently on the piano faculty of Columbia College Chicago and an active member of the Chicago jazz scene as a top-call sideman and as a leader of his own ensembles. Born in Springfield, IL, Dennis attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Early in his career, Luxion moved to Europe and was quickly integrated into the international jazz scene. From 1979 to 1983, Luxion made a number of recordings, television and radio appearances, and tours throughout Europe with trumpeter Chet Baker. Since coming back to Chicago, Luxion has worked with local and international stars such as: Jackie Allen, Steve Allen, Conte Candoli, Carla Cook, Ernest Dawkins, Von Freeman, Bill Frisell, Marquis Hill, Sheila Jordan, Morgana King, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacey, Howard Levy, Wilbur Little, Sal Nistico, Houston Person, Claudio Roditi, Archie Shepp, Gunther Schuller, Ira Sullivan, and Toots Thielemans, among others. In 2012, Luxion toured Southern Africa with the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet as part of the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program administered by Jazz at Lincoln Center for the US State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Luxion’s compositions and arrangements have been featured on many recordings including Chet Baker’s “Leaving.” Luxion’s musical outlook is eclectic. Although principally a jazz artist, his interests and studies have led him to classical composition, East Indian music, Latin drumming and West African drumming.
For more info visit: www.dennisluxion.com
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