Vocalist Nicole New, a 2006 Wayne State graduate, is the Jazz Café’s featured artist for its on-going Happy Hour series.

New, 26, along with Cliff Monear, New’s mentor and former professor, performs Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Music Hall located at 350 Madison in Detroit.

The pair has worked together since New was a music business major at Wayne State. Monear, a jazz pianist, encouraged New to pursue a singing career.

“As a student, I didn’t think I’d ever have a career as a singer,” said New, an artistic coordinator for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. “I was focused on the business side of music, but Professor Monear opened my eyes to my vocal ability and made me realize jazz was something organic to me, something that made musical sense to my soul.”

New’s eclectic style of singing draws from her early influences of performing jazz, pop, bluegrass and musical theatre. She has performed at venues such as The Jazz Café, Cliff Bells, Andiamo and the Steinway Jazz Café.

The free Happy Hour with Nicole New series includes a live jazz performance, complimentary appetizers and drink specials. For more information about the Jazz Café inside the Music Hall, visit www.jazzcafedetroit.com.


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