This week on Riverwalk Jazz: Australian songstress Nina Ferro offers up a program of jazz ballads and sophisticated standards.
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A native of Melbourne, Nina Ferro started singing at the age of 14, and began jazz at the age of 16. Nina was classically trained and participated in a number of choirs, musicals, and elite vocal ensembles. In 1991, during her last year of High School, she joined the youthful Hotter Than Six Jazz Band.
While working regularly around Melbourne, she began studying at the Victorian College of the Arts with the Improvisation Department. Along with this, she joined a contemporary improvising ensemble, Ten Apples on Top. With Hotter Than Six Nina traveled to the South Pacific Jazz Festival, and in 1994 and 1995 was featured at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.
Nina has appeared many times with The Jim Cullum Jr. Jazz Band and on the Riverwalk Jazz public radio series. She has performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia and the Middle East.
Now based in London, Nina has appeared alongside such greats as Tony Bennett, Hugh Jackman, Jose Feliciano, Michael Buble, Billy Ocean and Ricky Martin. Since emerging on the UK scene, Nina has been performing regularly at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Cafe De Paris, The Barbican, 606 Club, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Octave Jazz Bar, The Spice of Life and many more. Nina’s music can be regularly heard on BBC Radio 2. Her own albums, songs, and performances have received rave reviews world wide.
Also featured on this week’s show are The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their musical guests. Piano legend Dick Hyman plays Boogie-Woogie blues on the celeste with Meade Lux Lewis’ “Celestial Express,” while we fondly remember the late Henry Cuesta and Johnny Frigo with an encore presentation of a sentimental favorite, “Estrellita.”
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