The Sultry Sounds of Nicole Henry at MOCA Tonight

We must not put wax in our ears. We must answer the siren's call. We will gladly steer our boats into the rocky hell she promises. There is nothing wrong with going down into a watery grave when her chant is so sweet, so inviting, and so resplendent.

Nicole Henry is an enchantress. A siren, a banshee, a goddess. For all the years and players that made this town a jazz Mecca, we've been the ones at fault for letting it go the wayside.

But the winds of change smile upon us, sure as her vocals beckon, we will never fully be on par with other "progressive" towns if we continue to ignore the bliss that emanates from our own backyard.

Where the Caribbean meets the South, the world sound meets the classics, Nicole Henry's sultry voice has been there in an accolade-laden career.

Is this a concert preview or an admission of love? You be the judge. You answer the call with open ears.

Nicole Henry. Friday, February 25. Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and admission is free. Call 305-893-6211 or visit mocanomi.org.

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