510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Genre mixing vocalist and songwriter
With Art Khu (piano & guitar), Aaron Germain (bass), Josh Jones (drums)
"Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around. " JazzTimes
"She excels as a sensitive song interpreter with unerring intonation. " DownBeat
Jazz vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor returns to Yoshi’s following sold-out shows in the United States, Europe and Canada in support of her current release, Q&A. Her albums have made the “top-ten” lists of USA Today, Jazziz and The Washington Post and she is recognized for her wide vocal range and ability to mix and “smash” multiple genres and generations of music. She is equally at ease singing the music of Johnny Mercer and David Bowie as she is her own original music, with several compositions used in national advertising.
At her Yoshi’s concert, she’ll play songs from her recent duo release, Q&A, featuring multi-instrumentalist and composer, Art Khu, as well as new music from her upcoming release with full quartet. On Q&A, classic jazz standards like Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight” and Hoagy Carmichael’s “The Nearness of You” sit comfortably next to the artist’s original music like “This Is How It Starts” and “Here We Are At Last.” . On her upcoming album, the artist’s tightly-knit band of over a decade highlights intricate and genre-bending arrangements of original music as well as songs from Kurt Weill, Maroon 5, The Temptations and more.
The artist is best known for the arranging technique she coined “acoustic smashing” where she sings the melody and lyrics of a jazz standard over the groove of a well-known rock anthem or vice versa. Check out their version of the Rodgers and Hart classic “My Funny Valentine” over ACDC’s “Back In Black.” Naylor has likewise been praised for fresh takes on contemporary tunes like the David Bowie anthem “Space Oddity” and a popular Bossa Nova version of REM’s “Losing My Religion.” The recording was featured on So You Think You Can Dance for a tango competition
Naylor’s many recordings are available throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and she tours regularly in these regions at esteemed venues and festivals, including Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Women in Jazz Germany, SFJAZZ, Ronnie Scott's London, Jazz Standard New York, Jazz Alley Seattle and Blue Note clubs in New York, Milan and Tokyo.
Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu are joined on stage with long-time band members Aaron Germain on bass and Josh Jones on drums. For more information about this artist and to hear more music samples visit www.jacquinaylor.com