Petra van Nuis
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Petra van Nuis

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"Chicago Jazz Magazine"

“… appealing musical personality and beguiling singing style… truly refreshing…delicious…impressive debut for a talented newcomer…a star on the rise.”

Judy Roberts, Chicago Jazz Magazine - Chicago Jazz Magazine

"Cadence Magazine"

“Her voice conveys warmth and a certain unassuming naturalness as she moves from story to story…she sounds absolutely liberated to swing…very musical spontaneity…distinctly romantic.”

Alan Bargebahr, Cadence Magazine - Cadence Magazine

"Los Angeles Jazz Scene"

“Petra Van Nuis has a sweet voice, a straightforward delivery, and tends to cut off notes quickly, a bit like Anita O’Day. One also hear touches of Billie Holiday, Blossom Dearie and Mildred Bailey in her phrasing but not in the sound of her voice which is distinctive.”

Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene - Los Angeles Jazz Scene


Still working on that hot first release.



A former dancer and Cincinnati native, Petra van Nuis is a featured vocalist on the Chicago jazz scene. Inspired by such greats as Peggy Lee, Chris Connor, Shirley Horn, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, and Blossom Dearie (just to name a few!), she opts for a straightforward swinging delivery with an emphasis on feeling. Her approach is simple and without affectation. While steeped in tradition, she expresses her originality in the best sense of the word, by being true to herself. This sincerity is felt by audiences and musicians alike. Whenever she sings, Petra connects with people.

Since relocating to Chicago from New York City in 2003, Petra has had the pleasure of singing with such Chicago notables as as Judy Roberts, Russ Phillips, Art Davis, Bradley Williams, Stewart Miller, Kelly Sill, Dennis Luxion, Jim Cox, Dennis Carroll, Tom Hope, George Fludas, John Otto, and Rob Amster.

Chicago Cultural Center
The Green Mill
Pops For Champagne
The Pump Room
Andy's Jazz Club
The Signature Lounge at the Hancock Tower
La Piazza Sotto Jazz Club
Pete Miller's Steakhouse
Drake Hotel
Firefly Jazz Club (Ann Arbor, MI)
Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond, IN)
Tribute to Bix Festival (Racine, WI)
Terra Blues (NYC)
Kavehaz (NYC)
Swing 46 (NYC)
Promontory Jazz Club (Cincinnati, OH)
Paccia Jazz Room (Dayton, OH)