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Robert Clarke Memorial Concert Features the Petra van Nuis Jazz Quartet

Petra van Nuis Jazz Quartet

Petra van Nuis Jazz Quartet

Join us for an afternoon jazz concert with the Petra van Nuis Quartet of Chicago on Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 pm at the UU Fellowship. The concert is presented by the family in honor of Robert (Bob) Clarke who passed away on January 18, 2013. In addition to serving churches in New Hampshire, Virginia, Texas, and Ohio, Bob helped found the UUFDC. In 1992, upon retiring as minister emeritus from the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati, he and his wife, Anne, moved to Sister Bay, where they had summered for many years. This concert, presented by his family, is free and open to the public. A reception with the musicians and family will follow the concert.

Petra van Nuis ( is known as one of the keepers of the flame when it comes to the fading art of tasty jazz singing. A protégé of Chicago’s “First Lady of Jazz,” pianist/singer Judy Roberts, Petra has studied jazz in the old-fashioned way, at the feet of the masters. Her group has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She regularly performs at top venues such as the Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, and the Jazz Showcase and has been featured at the Chicago Jazz festival, Jazz at Chautauqua, and the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival, to name but a few. Van Nuis will be performing an eclectic mix of classic jazz and standards accompanied by guitarist Andy Brown (, double bassist Joe Policastro (, and drummer Bob Rummage. Her sidemen have collectively performed and recorded with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Barbara Streisand, Howard Alden, Jeff Hamilton, Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, the Four Freshmen, George Shearing, and Lou Rawls. The trio is known for its sympathetic accompaniment and virtuosic improvisation. Bassist Joe Policastro, who helped to organize this concert, is the grandson-in-law of Bob Clarke.

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