“Day and the Nu Shooz Orchestra strike a tasty balance between jazz informed, jet-set vintage pop and in-the-pocket shuffle-funk and the results are warm, and deliciously infectious. Day’s blithe voice — a honeyed blend of June Christy-Helen Merril cool elegance, shards of both Nancy Wilsons, and a certain Carole King-Joni Mitchell clarity — flirts easily with strings/horn arrangements that manage to evoke both the ultra suede ‘60s era Marty Paich, and the bump and pulse of modern T.O.P. orchestrated soul.”

Tim DuRoche, Jazz Journalist

“It’s always difficult to remake a classic. What NU SHOOZ has done is something that no one else has been able to accomplish: they’ve . . . done something completely different, which is exciting.”

Dennis Constantine, Program Director, KINK fm102

“Whether it’s Steely Dan-ish orientalism (“Welcome to My Daydream”) or bossa nova suavities (“Right Before My Eyes”), a version of the jazz standard “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” that challenges Betty Carter’s interpretive ownership, or a subtly transformative take on their own signature hit “I Can’t Wait,” these Shooz aren’t just new, they’re timeless.”

Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

“The compositions run the gamut of styles, displaying the knowledge and flexibility of the composer, musicians and vocalist, Valerie Day. Throughout, Valerie’s voice consistently brings the tunes to life and sets their individual moods . . .”

Mary Burlingame, Producer/host-Home Grown Live KMHD, Public Radio

About NU SHOOZ Orchestra


The SHOOZ are back!!!

More than two decades after their 1986 Top Ten Hit single, “I Can’t Wait,” took the world by storm, NU SHOOZ returns with a new album, “Pandora’s Box”, and a 10 piece orchestra Gil Evans would have loved. Formed in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 1979, their line-up has changed over time, but in all its various forms, they’ve always pushed the boundaries between pop, funk, and jazz. Now, with the release of Pandora’s Box, Portland’s favorite soul explorers take one giant leap for mankind with a brave new sound, combining their signature brand of funk with elements borrowed from Film Noir, ‘60s Spy Movies and even Tarzan.

Yes, Tarzan.

Lyrical and dreamlike, playful and sublime, PANDORA’S BOX is the latest stop in the continuing journeys of band leaders Valerie Day and John Smith. The NU SHOOZ Orchestra is our experimental music laboratory,” Day says, “and John the mad scientist of beats and chords.” This latest addition to the NU SHOOZ sonic landscape features nine new songs, along with remakes of three SHOOZ classics from the band’s 1986 Gold Record “Poolside:” an all-grown-up funky version of the Billboard Top 40 hit “Point of No Return,” a laid back “Driftin’” and a jazzy 20th-anniversary version of the band’s #3 Billboard hit “ I Can’t Wait.”
Since the ‘80s Day and Smith have both had unique and varied experiences. Day has been performing and recording jazz (www.valeriedaysings.com), and created “Brain Chemistry For Lovers”, a combination concert, cabaret and science lecture that explores the neuroscience of Romantic Love (www.brainchemistryforlovers.com). Smith has been a composer and arranger - scoring indie films and hundreds of commercials (www.malcocreative.com).

NU SHOOZ was nominated for a “Best New Artist” Grammy award in 1987 and earned a Gold Record for the album “Poolside.” Their breakthrough hit, “I Can’t Wait” continues to be played on radio stations around the globe every 11 minutes. The band has been featured on MTV, VH1, and classic music programs like American Bandstand, Solid Gold, and the UK’s Top of the Pops. They’ve toured with some of the biggest names in show business, including Tina Turner, Billy Ocean, and the Pointer Sisters.

And the journey continues…