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S. Florida's Nicole Henry to jazz up Fort Lauderdale on April 24

Staff writer

South Florida jazz and soul star Nicole Henry is happy to be home this week, with two events planned at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

As part of the Venetian Arts Society "Up Close & Personal" series, Henry is staging a salon concert at 7:30 p.m. April 24. The following day at 10 a.m., she will conduct a master class called "Conversation with the Artist" with a question-and-answer session led by former TV anchor Julia Yarbrough.

"Nothing compares to being and feeling 'at home,' and South Florida makes me feel that way since I've lived here for over 15 years,'' Henry said via email.

The University of Miami graduate, who won a Soul Train Award last year for "best traditional jazz performance,'' will be featuring new evening gowns by South Florida designer Marcello Vittoria during the concert.

"The last Venetian Arts Event I performed for was a lot of fun ... the attendees were really into the music ... so I'm looking forward to a special night," she said.

Since her 2004 debut, Henry has become known as an interpreter of jazz standards.

Last year, Henry released "So Good, So Right: Nicole Henry Live," which featured songs recorded during performances in New York City in 2012. She sang renditions of 1970s classic hits from Aretha Franklin, James Taylor and Gladys Knight.

This week, she plans "to mix the repertoire a lot for this show. Half of the songs are tunes I haven't sung in years, from previous CDs and half of the music is new."

The salon concert is set for 7 p.m. April 24 and the "Conversation with the Artist" is 10 a.m. April 25 at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. General admission is $45 for the concert and $20 for the class. Reservations required. Info:

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