Petra van Nuis—from Radio City Rockettes to International Jazz Singer

Originally written for Jazzgroupiez.com “I went to the auditions for the Rockettes, and [knew] I’d probably get in, since I’d done it the year before…I did the audition and I thought ‘I really don’t want to be here.’ … They’re corny. It was stupid artistically… I had pointe shoes in my bag. I was wrappingContinue reading “Petra van Nuis—from Radio City Rockettes to International Jazz Singer”

Don Stille, Grammy Nominated Jazz Accordionist

Originally written for Jazzgroupiez.com A hot, sunny Saturday afternoon welcomed thousands to Edgewater, a small, eclectic neighborhood in the north end of Chicago, where artists of varying kinds had collected to show off their stuff. Potters, jewelers, mask makers and painters line the streets between Broadway and Sheridan, while stages at either end of theContinue reading “Don Stille, Grammy Nominated Jazz Accordionist”

Natalja: A Jazzy Cabaret Singer, Inspired by Movement and Collaboration

Originally written for Jazzgroupiez.com I came upon the Coffee Studio on Clark Street, here in Chicago, just minutes past 7:30. At first, I didn’t recognize her, but this feeling made me lean in closer to see if the woman sitting there outside was her.  “It is you!” Natalja looked up from her book, rose toContinue reading “Natalja: A Jazzy Cabaret Singer, Inspired by Movement and Collaboration”

Andy Brown, a Man of International Talent with a Heart for Local Music

Originally written for Jazzgroupiez.com – 2018 He has played piano since he was young and started saxophone in middle school. But at fifteen, he got a guitar, and found his passion. “Some of the musical things I had learned as a young guy [transferred to guitar]. My dad wants to take credit for it…and heContinue reading “Andy Brown, a Man of International Talent with a Heart for Local Music”