My older brother reinforced my jazz interest with his trumpet playing. Years later when my husband-to-be and I met, his avocation as a professional jazz musician gave us an instant emotional connection. His performing years in our Midwest home state had long since ended. Six years ago he died suddenly in our Los Angeles area home where we'd lived for many years. I’ve written here previously that my healing process has included adding to my activities attending some local live jazz venues.
NINA BECK is a classy jazz pianist I unexpectedly and delightedly encountered at the Hip Kitty, a local Claremont, CA, newly opened jazz club and fondue restaurant those years ago. Finally, I’m sharing her talents with you which I’ve long intended doing. She continues to periodically perform there.
This particular video is NINA at JIMMY MAK’S in Portland, Oregon, in a special performance at “One of the world's top 100 places to hear jazz." ~ Down Beat Magazine.
Nina is a professional pianist and vocalist with an extensive repertoire of American Songbook standards, jazz tunes and ‘oldies’ favorites. She performs solo or in various size groups primarily in Southern California.
Oregon audiences were fortunate to have an opportunity to hear her music. Friends I met at a local jazz concert re-located to Portland so are hoping Nina will appear there again.
Nina began playing the piano at age five, then trained through her high school and college years in New York City. She has studied with world reknowned artists including the late John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Her web site bio notes she is
“a published songwriter and member of BMI, Nina has a catalog of well-crafted original songs in many genres including adult contemporary, country, blues, swing, jazz, retro Latin, R&B (ballads), and movie themes.”
Studio City, Laguna Beach, San Pedro, Long Beach clubs.....are among the locales where Nina has lately appeared, sometimes with her 4-piece band and vocalist Andy Cowan, whose performance includes Sinatra-like renditions of tunes.
Here's Nina on keyboard with her trio and Andy Cowan singing "The Moon Was Yellow" (most fitting since last night was the Supermoon when the brilliant yellow globe was closer to Earth than most years.)
Nina provides an entertaining enjoyable music listening experience whether a club date or one of her private bookings.