Jazz songstress Nicole Henry is a fave with the locals and the Japanese, proving talent never gets lost in translation.
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.
Nicole Henry: let's all give her a jazz hand.