'TREASURES OF THE HEART' W/ ART KHU, RICHIE GOODS & ELE HOWELL
Vocalist and composer Jacqui Naylor returns with her celebrated twelfth album, Treasures of the Heart, featuring her deeply rich, soulful voice on a signature mix of standards, covers, and original music. Known for her ability to interpret a diverse repertoire, Naylor attributes her unique sound to tight and spontaneous interplay with long-time bandmates. They include pianist, arranger and co-writer Art Khu, bassist Richie Goods, and drummer Ele Howell. What Naylor and her band create on stage together is both sensitive and explosive!
Naylor performs two different shows each night of her residency, featuring music from Treasures of the Heart and her illustrious career. Naylor’s albums have made exclusive "top-ten" lists and her music featured in ad campaigns, television shows, and films, including a documentary made about her. She also gained notoriety for arrangements of jazz standards sung over grooves of well-known rock tunes and vice versa.
Highlights from Treasures of the Heart include an Afro-Cuban inspired take on the Rodgers and Hart classic “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” a sensitive interpretation of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s iconic “This Guy’s in Love with You,” and the encouraging Naylor and Khu original “Hold On.”
Naylor gained notoriety with an arranging technique she coined “acoustic smashing,” where she sings the lyrics and melody of a jazz standard over the groove of a well-known rock anthem or vice versa.
Her original music has been featured in national advertising campaigns and her signature song “Celebrate Early and Often” was named by Martha Stewart Weddings as one of the best new wedding songs. The singer’s music has been featured in television and feature films including a full-length documentary made about her called Lucky Girl. Her version of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” was featured in the hit reality series So You Think You Can Dance and Naylor’s albums have been named in the “top-ten” lists of USA Today, Jazziz, The Washington Post and more. “Her songs are Joni Mitchell good,” writes JazzTimes.