Jacqui Naylor

Jacqui Naylor

 
Jacqui Naylor

Hipsters and Hepcats

Friday, July 18, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Jacqui Naylor

Jacqui Naylor

This velvet-toned San Francisco vocalist and songwriter is equally at ease singing music by Cole Porter and David Byrne as she is her own original music. Naylor’s new show pays tribute to the hipsters and hepcats of songwriting who have inspired her, from Johnny Mercer and Bob Dorough to Herbie Hancock and Amy Winehouse. Far from a straight-laced jazz purist, Naylor has made the mixing (and sometimes “smashing”) of genres and eras her stock-in-trade, gaining fans and notoriety for singing the lyrics and melody of jazz standards over the grooves of well-known pop and rock songs and vice versa. Born in Saratoga CA, Naylor used her early 90’s study with renowned vocalist Faith Winthrop as a springboard to her rise as a world-class artist and band leader, recording nine self-produced albums, which have made the “top ten” lists of USA Today, Jazziz and The Washington Post. In 2013, Naylor released an ode to her favorite singers with the tribute album, Dead Divas Society and in 2012 she was the subject of a full-length documentary film, Lucky Girl, which traced her evolution as an artist in the making of her 2011 album of the same name. For this date, Naylor brings her stellar working band, including pianist/guitarist Art Khu, bassist Sam Bevan and drummer Josh Jones.

Artist Personnel

Jacqui Naylor vocals
Art Khu piano & guitar
Sam Bevan bass
Josh Jones drums

Artist Website

"Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around. " — JazzTimes
"Naylor excels as a sensitive song interpreter with unerring intonation. " — DownBeat
"Jacqui has a sumptuous voice, knack for scratchiness, and an ability to sweeten those bluesy bent notes. " — Village Voice