Jacqui Naylor
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Jacqui Naylor
The Long Game

Jacqui Naylor

Mar 20 - Mar 22, 2020
Joe Henderson Lab
FriMar 20
7:00 PM

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FriMar 20
8:30 PM

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SatMar 21
7:00 PM

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SatMar 21
8:30 PM

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SunMar 22
6:00 PM

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SunMar 22
7:30 PM

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Vocalist and composer, Jacqui Naylor, returns to SFJAZZ with the release of her eleventh album, The Long Game. The album and concert highlight the singer’s deeply rich and soulful voice on thoughtfully arranged material, selected in advance of the recording by her dedicated fans. Naylor is known for her ability to skillfully interpret a diverse repertoire, bringing together music from different genres and generations. On her new album, ethereal jazz arrangements of rock classics from David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Coldplay sit comfortably next to Latin treatments of standards from Kurt Weill and Charlie Chaplin. Interwoven throughout are the singer’s own compositions, written with long-time pianist, guitarist and arranger, Art Khu. “Her songs are Joni Mitchell good,” writes JazzTimes.

Naylor’s 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 also been featured in television and feature films including a full-length documentary made about her called Lucky Girl. Her version of REM’s “Losing My Religion” was featured in the hit reality series “So You Think You Can Dance” and the artist’s many albums have been named in the “top-ten” lists of USA Today, Jazziz, The Washington Post and more.

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. “Acoustic Smashing marks a turning point in her career,” writes The Wall Street Journal. On The Long Game, this technique can be heard as she sings “Fix You” from Coldplay while the band plays a Miles Davis-inspired “It Never Entered My Mind.” On previous recordings, Naylor includes the Rodgers and Hart classic, “My Funny Valentine”, sung over ACDC’s “Back In Black”, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top” over George Benson’s “Breezin’,” and the Gershwin Brothers’ “Summertime” over the groove of The Allman Brothers’ “Tied To The Whipping Post.” “Naylor has the chops and sensitivity to pull this off,” writes New York Magazine.

A consummate, warm and approachable performer, Naylor tours regularly throughout the world with her quartet, headlining at esteemed venues and festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, London’s Ronnie Scott’s and Blue Note Jazz Club New York, Milan and Tokyo. Find out more at jacquinaylor.com.

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A consummate, warm and approachable performer, Naylor tours regularly throughout the world with her quartet of many years, Art Khu on piano and guitar, Richie Goods on bass and Josh Jones on drums.

Naylor is an incomparable triple threat, serving up classic covers with the best of them, delivering top-drawer originals and inspiring with the musical marriage she calls acoustic smashing.

JazzTimes

Naylor is an incomparable triple threat, serving up classic covers with the best of them, delivering top-drawer originals and inspiring with the musical marriage she calls acoustic smashing.

JazzTimes

Personnel

Jacqui Naylor vocals
Art Khu piano & guitar
Richie Goods bass
Josh Jones drums

Naylor excels as a sensitive song interpreter with unerring intonation.

DownBeat

Personnel

Jacqui Naylor vocals
Art Khu piano & guitar
Richie Goods bass
Josh Jones drums

Naylor excels as a sensitive song interpreter with unerring intonation.

DownBeat

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