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Petra’s Recession Seven

A seasoned young singer of traditional and swing jazz, Petra van Nuis half-kiddingly says she formed her Recession Seven in 2008 as a way of thumbing her nose at the recession. Let other bands downsize. Happy days are here (again) in her populous crew of first-rate players, which, far from playing the usual swing fare, boasts an encyclopedic range that takes in everything from Harold Arlen’s “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues” to the 20′s hit “Running Wild.”

 

Van Nuis, who hails from Cincinnati, committed herself to jazz after working in the theater; she performed in a national tour of A Chorus Line and as a Rockette. A protégé of Chicago favorites Judy Roberts and Jeannie Lambert, she is also inspired by legendary singers Peggy Lee, Chris Connor and Chet Baker. She injects her performances with a distinctive blend of coolness

On Far Away Places, her duo album with guitartist Andy Brown (her husband), she basks in melody and, on tunes like Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It,” intimacy. In the company of the Recession Seven, she’ll get rhythm and plenty of it with Brown, trumpeter Art Davis, trombonist Tom Bartlett (subbing for Russ Phillips), clarinetist Kim Cusack, bassist Joe Policastro and drummer Bob Rummage.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Jazz and Heritage Stage

Petra’s Recession Seven

2:00 – 3 pm

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Taken on September 3, 2011