Jazz Star Nicole Henry Set for Two Shows
Showcasing her extraordinary versatility, top recording artist and performer South Florida’s own Nicole Henry will be making two area appearances in March. Friday, March 10, she will be headlining the annual Festival of the Arts BOCA at the Mizner Amphitheater in Boca Raton performing songs from her latest critically acclaimed album TIME TO LOVE AGAIN. On Thursday, March 16 she will perform a benefit concert for the JCC Alper Special Needs and Youth Programs featuring her theatrical concert in tribute to Whitney Houston.
“(Henry) can sell a power ballad as well as Whitney, Diana and Patti.” - Jazz Times
“I had the sense of being in the presence of a pop-soul superwoman whose every gesture and inflection conveyed confidence and mastery.” - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“A paragon of perfection. The voice that pours out of her is even more impressive…the vocal love child of Whitney Houston and Sarah Vaughan." - Miami Herald
“Listen and you’ll hear an artist who knows how to make a song her own… Henry aims right for the emotional center…". - Billboard
“(She) should be standing on the biggest stages of the world, alongside the biggest divas in the world. Everyone everywhere needs to be exposed to this magical force of musical artistry. – Broadway World
March 10, 2023
Showtime 7:30 PM
Festival of the Arts BOCA - Mizner Park Amphitheatre
530 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 33432, www.festivalboca.org
(Time To Love Again performance)
March 16, 2023
Showtime 6:30 PM
Concert to benefit Alper JCC Special Needs & Youth Programs
Alper JCC Miami, 11155 SW 112 Ave, Building 3: Rotunda, Miami, FL 33176
(I Wanna Dance with Somebody: The Songs of Whitney Houston)
More About Nicole Henry
Nicole Henry is among the jazz world's most acclaimed performers, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance. She’s headlines concerts in 20 countries and earned four TOP-10 charting CDs in the U.S., the U.K. and Japan.
Her Festival of the Arts Boca concert is part of her new tour celebrating her eighth and latest album, Time to Love Again. On her new release, Henry performs an eclectic mix of jazz standards and reimagined pop tunes with the sweet yet powerful voice that has made her a favorite with audiences and critics alike. It includes songs like “Feeling Good,” a standard by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, and “Midnight at the Oasis,” made famous by Maria Muldaur in 1973. And, Henry says, “Like any sensible person, I’m a big fan of James Taylor,” and she will likely sing her rousing version of Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face.” It’s a bit of Sade, Stevie Wonder and so much more. Henry grew up in a musical family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She immersed herself in the arts early on, singing in school and church, and studying cello and ballet. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in communications and theatre, she launched a successful acting career, appearing in national commercials as well as a series of voiceovers.
In late 2019, Henry garnered critical praise in the musical version of “The Bodyguard,” and, she co-starred in the world premiere of the new musical about the life of Louis Armstrong, “A Wonderful World,” at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach, presented by the Miami New Drama theater company. She also recently portrayed ‘Brenda’ in a Boston-area production of “Smokey Joe’s Café. Among her numerous accolades, Henry received the Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance” and was named “Best New Jazz Artist” by HMV Japan and “Best Solo Musician” by the Miami New Times.
More About Festival of the Arts BOCA
Established in 2007, Festival of the Arts BOCA was designed to promote the cultural arts and to enrich the quality of life of the residents of Boca Raton, North Broward and Palm Beach County.
The Festival is special, because of the venue, the season, the quality and diversity of its cultural offerings and because of the opportunity for young and old to celebrate the traditions of the great arts and to be exposed to the incredible diversity of the performing and literary arts, at the highest levels.
Since its inaugural year, the Festival has been an unprecedented cultural arts festival, and has been heralded as a resounding success, with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, Lang Lang, and Pat Metheny. The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, West Side Story and Raiders of the Lost Ark have been performed with live orchestra. World-renowned speakers over the ten years have included Edward Albee, Sir Salman Rushdie, acclaimed historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, Daniel J. Levitin, Thomas Friedman, and Fareed Zakaria. The Festival attracts over 15,000 attendees a year. These attendees live primarily in southern Palm Beach and northern Broward counties. The Festival’s annual economic impact on South Florida is over 1.3 million dollars.
More About the Alper JCC Miami
For over 30 years, Alper JCC Miami has been a much-loved source of enrichment, inspiration, education and recreation, offering a sense of community and belonging to those in South Miami-Dade County. Welcoming people of all faiths and ages regardless of social or economic background, gender, sexual orientation or ability, the Alper JCC annually impacts more than 140,000 residents. The center provides need-based scholarships to its award-winning Early Childhood Development Center, Winter and Spring Mini-Camps, Summer Camp, youth sports, and membership to its 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Fitness & Wellness Facility, which boasts over 45 group fitness classes per week and personal training. A large outdoor pool offers classes for infants through seniors, providing exercise, skill development and most importantly, water safety. Coming soon, a Splash Pad and new baby pool will enhance family fun. In its Cultural Arts Facility, robust cultural arts programming takes place in a 380-seat professional theater, a well-appointed fine arts gallery and a children’s museum.