The Midwest Swingers

Petra van Nuis & Andy Brown





The Midwest Swingers

Chicago Meets Ann Arbor


  • Petra van Nuis, vocals
  • Andy Brown, guitar
  • Jim Dapogny, piano
  • Paul Keller, bass
  • Pete Siers, drums

Event Details

High school sweethearts and husband-and-wife duo Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown return to the Kerrytown stage alongside some of Michigan’s best for an evening of swing. Described by the Midwest Record as “one of the most ripping good new duos to come along”, this Chicago-based duo’s classic jazz interpretations are bursting with skill and imagination.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at the Kerrytown Concert House.

"Petra van Nuis' voice is at once alluring and robust...her tone alternates between delicate playfulness and declarative strength, perfectly suiting the hot jazz..." - Jack Huntley, All About Jazz

"The voice, the timing, the phrasing, the look, and everything else was all working and she was hitting the musical equivalent of a grand slam home run in baseball right there in front of me..." - Randy Freedman, Chicago Jazz Magazine

Petra van Nuis

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. Having aligned herself with singing legends Barbara Lea, Rebecca Kilgore, and Marc Pompe, Petra has arrived at her own beautiful interpretation and is often noted for her unique and identifiable sound. Regionally, Petra's performance highlights include the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Chautauqua Jazz Party, the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival, and twice headlining the Michelob Women In Jazz Festival. Internationally, Petra's highlights include the Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, Canada), the Gorinchem Jazz Festival (the Netherlands' oldest jazz festival), and the Jazzhaus Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany). Petra has recorded three CDs and her 2009 release “Far Away Places” was re-issued in Japan on the Japanese label Muzak.

Andy Brown

Mentored by the late guitar legends Cal Collins and Kenny Poole, Andy Brown has been playing professionally for over twenty years. As a top-call sideman, Andy has backed internationally known players Harry Allen, Howard Alden, Ken Peplowsi, John-Erik Kellso, Warren Vache, John Allred, Hod O’ Brien, Anat Cohen, Kurt Elling, and Scott Robinson, as well as Chicago veterans Russ Phillips, Kim Cusack, Don Stiernberg, and Chris Foreman. His love of great tunes and his expansive repertoire, as well as accompanying skills have made him a favorite with vocalists, most notably Barbra Streisand with whom he played in a jazz quartet setting on the Oprah Winfrey show. With his own trio, Andy has played for US Presidents including Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. His Delmark CD with NYC guitarist Howard Alden received a 4 star rating in Downbeat Magazine and his latest Delmark release “Soloist,” which features his solo guitar work, is receiving many accolades as well.

Jim Dapogny

Dapogny has led an ensemble called the Chicago Jazz band since 1975, which has played with Sippie Wallace and the Chenille Sisters and made appearances often on the Prairie Home Companion. He holds a Ph.D in composition, and began teaching at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 1966.

Dapogny has written extensively about Jelly Roll Morton, including producing liner notes for the release of numerous Library of Congress recordings. Dapogny edits the Jazz Masterworks Editions, a series initiated through a collaboration between Oberlin College and the Smithsonian Institution.

Paul Keller

Paul Keller is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area today, earning the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan.” Since 1989, Paul has led the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history, and performs every Monday night at the Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor. Paul also plays in the popular Keller/Kocher Quartet and in The Paul Keller Ensemble, a three-horn sextet that features creative arrangements by Keller and his bandmates. Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone.

Pete Siers

A Michigan native, Pete Siers can be heard performing in groups throughout the region, including the Latin group Los Gatos and his own trio and quartet. Siers is an original member of the award winning Paul Keller Orchestra (PKO), which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history. He also performs and has recorded with Bess Bonnier, Mr. B, guitarist Ray Kamalay and his Red Hot Peppers, The Easy Street Jazz Band, The Motor City Classic Jazz Band with Marcus Belgrave, The Ron Brooks Trio, The Tad Weed Freedom Ensemble, and James Dapogny & his Chicago Jazz Band.