Jazz Vocalist Petra van Nuis

Petra van Nuis

The Monday Night Concert Series features vocalist Petra van Nuis in “Cool Jazz for a Hot, Summer Night” at 7 p.m. Monday, August 20, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. She will be accompanied on the piano by Dennis Luxion. The event is free and open to the public.

Petra van Nuis (pronounced Pay-tra van Nouse) is a Chicago-based 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 Chicagoan since 2003, van Nuis sings at all the finest jazz venues in town including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Katerina’s, Andy’s Jazz Club, Fitzgerald’s, the City Winery and the Old Town School of Folk Music. Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs has presented her 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. Along with six other Chicago jazz artists, she was nominated for the “Best Jazz Entertainer 2013” for the 33rd Annual Chicago Music Awards.

The Monday Night Concert Series, which is free and open to the public, is dedicated to presenting small ensembles, primarily solos, duos and trios.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community that provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

All Monday Night concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call 708-386-4040.