NANCY HARMS - Recent Commentary:
“…she engages the listener by seeming to put her whole soul completely forward… after hearing her just once, you’ll never want to let her go.”
-Will Friedwald, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"…(Harms) suddenly lets her power loose on key phrases that display a reserve of swinging authority... Ms. Harms's show wasn't all impressionistic dreaminess. A tough, demanding swinger emerged in up-tempo numbers... Ms. Harms revealed the determination of a strong, independent woman who knows what she wants... The final impression left by Ms. Harms was of a complicated enigmatic woman of mystery forging her own path."
-Stephen Holden, NEW YORK TIMES
“Harms is an original….a truly special voice and style… She could - and should - go a long way.”
-Bob Protzman, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
"Harms’s voice has the power to light cigarettes and then make them smolder all night long." -
-Dave Sumner, eMUSIC
"...As the program moved forward, the Minnesotan-born, New York-seasoned singer completely won over the French audience with her sultry voice, flawless swing, crystal phrasing, glamorous looks, magnetic stage presence and beautiful timeless repertoire."
-Pascal Sabattier, JAZZTIMES
"...Harms, as throughout, straddles the line between classical and contemporary jazz sensibilities, offering a new take on a beloved piece of Ellingtonia that retains its emotional core."
"Harms skillfully lures us into the wistful dreamscape of a haunted lover leaning ever-forward, eyes fixed on her audience to convey the very essence of the lyric."
-Billie Roe, BROADWAY WORLD
“… (Ellington At Night - the album) demonstrates her ability to be yearning, coy, sexy, playful, knowing and irresistible. The New York-based singer has already presented her Ellington repertoire in England, France, Denmark and Italy."
-Jon Bream, MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
"Vocalist Nancy Harms has a welcoming vocal tone, exceptional pitch and fine diction. On the more adventurous tracks, she lets her voice get breathy, and the combination of the soft vocal sound and her remarkable flexibility reminds me of Gretchen Parlato and Sara Serpa.”
-Thomas Cunniffe, JazzHistoryOnline.com