Band of the hour: Nicole Henry

 

Jazz songstress Nicole Henry is a fave with the locals and the Japanese, proving talent never gets lost in translation.

Nicole Henry: let's all give her a jazz hand.
 

By Vanessa Garcia

Nicole Henry’s jazzy interpretations radiate from her particular charm -- her stage presence along with her strong, crisp, clear voice are tuned to tug the occasional heartstring. Or at least turn your mood downside up. Moving her audience with a gentle grace that soars into gusts of vocal “boom,” she’s dynamic in both voice and persona, at once graceful and powerful.

At 33, Henry’s become a Miami standard whose style transforms the “standards” -- Gershwin and Porter and Hammerstein, that is. Sometimes meandering into John Lennon territory, her covers are both innovative and smooth. A regular at places like the Blue Martini in Brickell and Van Dyke’s in Miami Beach, she also happens to be a superstar in Japan. She was voted Best New Jazz Artist in 2004 by HMV for her album Nearness of You. In 2005 she climbed the Japanese vocal jazz charts to #1 for her second album, Teach me Tonight. This past New Year's Eve weekend, Henry spent time jammin’ at the Tokyo Park Hyatt Hotel (made famous by the film Lost in Translation).

But you don’t a passport to hear her, because in addition to releasing a new album next month, she’ll be dashing all over South Florida throughout 2008. In January you can find her at:

Visit nicolehenry.com for Henry's upcoming show schedule.

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