In a relatively short time, Nancy Harms has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted new young jazz vocalists on the East Coast. Born and raised in the tiny Midwestern town of Clara City, Minnesota, Nancy had no exposure to jazz as a child, no connections to the music via family, education, or fortune. Though she was singing for small public gatherings by the age of four, it wasn’t until attending Concordia College in Moorhead, MN that Harms discovered jazz. The discovery changed her life.
Nancy made no immediate decision to pursue a career in jazz after college, however. Instead, she taught elementary music in another small Minnesota town for a few years. Eventually, she followed her instinct and her passion, left her teaching career, and moved to Minneapolis in 2005.
Nancy immersed herself in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s local jazz scene, and by early 2006, people in the community were taking notice. Nancy learned fast over the next three and a half years, honing her style and developing her chops. Before long, she was a major Twin Cities jazz attraction, regularly working in major jazz clubs and concerts, earning terrific reviews and critic’s accolades.
Nancy’s career in NYC began with a sold-out appearance in the summer of 2010 at the ”Bar Next Door” on MacDougal Street in the Village. Since then, She has toured Italy twice (2011 and 2012) and played Norway’s Sortland Jazz Fest. Nancy’s NYC appearances have included her own shows at Birdland, Zinc Bar, Smalls Jazz Club, The Kitano, Bar Next Door, Cornelia St. Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall, Chez Lucienne, and a series of performances with trombone legend Wycliffe Gordon including those at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola & The Lenox Lounge, and in Toulouse, France. In addition to her own CDs “Dreams In Apartments” and “In The Indigo“, she appears on Wycliffe Gordon’s recent disc “Hello Pops” and on Jeremy Siskind’s 2012 release “Finger-Songwriter“. She was a regularly featured contributor to the 65-part public radio series “Certain Standards“.