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Jacqui Naylor

Tue, Sep 17-Wed, Sep 18




Doors open at 5:30 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$22.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents jazz vocalist Jacqui Naylor for two nights, touring in support of her new release, Dead Divas Society (5/2013, Ruby Star Records). Band members are Jacqui Naylor (vocals), Art Khu (piano, guitar, organ), Scott Steed (bass), and Josh Jones (drums). Set time Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm, doors at 5:30pm.

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“Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around.” JazzTimes

Jacqui Naylor is currently on tour in support of the national release of her ninth recording, Dead Divas Society (Ruby Star / eOne Summer 2013). The recording and show pay tribute to the artist’s favorite departed divas from Fitzgerald to Winehouse, Vaughan to Vandross. “Naylor has the chops and sensitivity to pull it off,” says New York Times Magazine. “With her unique vocal style--- full and rich as Diana Krall’s, yet idiosyncratic as Nellie McKay’s and shot-through with a keen folk-rock sensibility---Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around,” adds JazzTimes.

Naylor is a rare artist, known as well for her own compositions as she is for her sensitive treatment of jazz standards. “She is part jazz chanteuse and part folk-pop-leaning singer/songwriter. Naylor could easily get by performing only her own material, but her covers and standards are so appealingly original that her albums and shows wouldn't be the same without them,” writes All Music Guide. On Dead Divas Society, the standards “Skylark”, “The Windmills of Your Mind”, and “Dream A Little Dream of Me” sit comfortably next to the more recent pop classics of “Back To Black” and “Never Too Much.”

A master at bringing multiple generations and genres together through song, the artist has garnered much fame through the arranging technique she calls “acoustic smashing,” where she successfully sings the lyrics and melody of a jazz standard over the groove of a well known rock or pop anthem. “Jacqui Naylor has brought new twists to the notion of melding jazz and pop tunes - without high-tech assistance,” claims NPR. Check out her version of “My Funny Valentine” from Rodgers and Hart sung over the groove of ACDC’s “Back In Black,” “Black Coffee” from Webster and Burke atop Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick,” both from You Don’t Know Jacq (Ruby Star 2008), and “Surry With The Fringe On Top” from Rodgers and Hammerstein over George Benson’s “Breezin’,” from Lucky Girl (Ruby Star 2011). On Dead Divas Society, Naylor sings the Nina Simone made classic “Feelin’ Good” over the groove of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff,” like they were written together.

Naylor’s recordings have made the top 10 albums of the season in USA Today, Jazziz Magazine and The Washington Post and a full length documentary, A Portrait of Jacqui Naylor, was released in 2012. Her albums are available throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and she tours regularly in these regions at esteemed venues, including Ronnie Scott’s London, Birdland New York, Yoshi’s Oakland, Snug Harbor New Orleans, Jazz Alley Seattle, Jamboree Barcelona, Jazz Club Istanbul Turkey, Women in Jazz Festival Germany, Reus Jazz Festival Spain, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival and all Blue Note Clubs in New York, Milan and Japan.

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