Gig Alert: Nancy Harms

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Nancy Harms
"Bye Bye Blackbird"
Playing at Shrine
(2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., Harlem)
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Nancy Harms first fell in love with jazz in college while studying music education in her native Minnesota. But it wasn't until after a few years of teaching that she realized it was the passion that she was meant to pursue. 

The budding chanteuse relocated to Minneapolis-St. Paul in fall 2006, and spent the next three-and-half years cutting her teeth and making a name for herself in the Twin Cities’ jazz scene. In 2009, Harms released her debut album of newly-arranged jazz standards called In The Indigo.

On the strength of her critically-acclaimed work, Harms moved to New York City. Since arriving in late 2010, the smoky-voiced songstress has already sung in several of the city’s major jazz hubs, including Birdland, Smalls, and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.

Harms -- accompanied by pianist Misha Piatigorsky, bassist Danton Boller and drummer Donald Edwards -- performs at Shrine on Friday night. Download her sultry version of “Bye Bye Blackbird” above and watch the video for the song below.