Petra’s Recession Seven

About Petra’s Recession Seven

Petra’s Recession Seven is a seven piece all-star band comprised of internationally recognized Chicago musicians. Formed at the peak of the 2008 Recession, they play 1920s/30s Chicago-style Hot Jazz through 1940s Big Band Swing. This band is perfect for Speakeasy/Prohibition parties, Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday celebrations, Great Gatsby style events, swing dances, and concerts. The three horn front line provides exciting support behind Petra’s dynamic vocals while the rhythm section drives a swinging beat! Top notch musicianship combined with timeless classic repertoire explains their universal appeal. Petra’s Recession Seven is loved by young and old, musical novices and aficionados alike!

What you can expect to hear:

Songs made famous by and/or written by such artists as:
-Louis Armstrong
-Fats Waller
-Billie Holiday
-Duke Ellington
-Bing Crosby

What people are saying:

“high-spirited music-making…worth savoring…a classic-swing collective…a saucy manner of delivery that emphasized the art of the double entendre.”
-Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“It’s a killer of a band that grabs your attention and doesn’t give it back until they’re finished playing. ”
-Harvey Barkan, LA Jazz Scene Magazine

“Do you like music that is sheer fun? They make their retro style sound fresh. Their musicianship is first rate, and they swing mightily.”
-Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz

“A solid dose of happy, crazy depression era music where the main thing is to get you to forget your troubles…you can’t help feeling happy when you hear it.”
-Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“The Recession Seven sells their jaunty melodies and sharp rhythms with such panache that you would think you stepped in on Louis Armstrong with his Hot Seven.”
-Dan Healy, Arts America


Past performances: 

-Chicago Jazz Festival

-Chicago Summer Dance

-Jazz City

-Jazzin At The Shedd

-Chicago Cultural Center Lunch Break Series

-Evanston Custer Fair

-Hoffman Estates Village Green Summer Concert Series

-Schaumburg Town Square Summer Concert Series

-Evanston It’s Thursday Let’s Dance Summer Series

-Oak Park Thursday Night Out Series