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Jacqui Naylor is not an easy artist to categorize. There are times when she performs straight-ahead vocal jazz, but at other times she favors more of a folk-rock/adult alternative approach. Depending on the mood she is in at a given moment, the northern Californian can bring to mind anyone from Cassandra Wilson or British jazz vocalist Claire Martin to Sarah McLachlan or Shawn Colvin — she is as comfortable among jazz improvisers as she is in the singer/songwriter world. During one of her live performances, Naylor has no problem singing smoky jazz one minute and folk-rock or adult alternative the next — and there are times when she blurs the line between the two.

Naylor, who is very jazz-friendly but far from a rigid jazz purist, brings a long list of influences to her introspective work — influences ranging from Billie Holiday, June Christy, and Nina Simone to Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant, Carole King, and Sheryl Crow. That is an unlikely combination of influences, certainly, but it is one that works well for Naylor (who has used all of them to fashion a personal, recognizable style of her own). Naylor has a highly diverse repertoire; on-stage, she is likely to perform a Tin Pan Alley standard right after something by the Rolling Stones or Talking Heads (in addition to performing songs of her own). Naylor is not an overly aggressive or forceful type of singer; she favors subtlety, restraint, and understatement, which are things that Holiday and Christy (one of the goddesses of jazz’s cool school) were both masters of.

Born and raised in Saratoga, CA, Naylor attended San Francisco State University after graduating from high school in the ’80s. Naylor entered that college to study marketing, but along the way she became interested in drama and acting — and after hearing the album Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin in a music appreciation class, Naylor became seriously interested in vocal jazz. However, she continued to study marketing and earned a marketing degree from SFSU in 1991. After graduating, she spent six years as the marketing director for clothing designer Lat Naylor. But she studied music on the side, and from 1991-1995, she studied with the San Francisco-based jazz vocal teacher Faith Winthrop.

In 1996, Naylor’s work in clothing design required her to spend a year in New York City, where she studied vocals on the side with Shirley Calloway (mother of cabaret/traditional pop singer Ann Hampton Calloway).

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Album Review

Jacqui Naylor: Treasures of the Heart

Read "Treasures of the Heart" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Jacqui Naylor's Treasure of the Heart sends up fourteen highly unique jewels, with ten of those being original compositions from Naylor and spouse Art Khu and four classics, all offering a wide range of grooves from funk, jazz, and rock. Throughout the date, Naylor exhibits a healthy versatility with her vocal instrument and delivers a lyric interpretation that at times startles. Rodgers and Hart's well-recorded jazz standard, “I Didn't Know What Time It Was," launches things and ...

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Jacqui Naylor: You Don't Know Jacq

Read "You Don't Know Jacq" reviewed by Guy Zinger


You Don't Know Jacq is all about Jacqui Naylor, exemplifying her vocal range, warm voice, interpretive qualities and style--"Acoustic Smashing," which, in essence, means jazz standards done along rock/pop rhythm lines, or vice versa. The disc features new arrangements of the most requested songs from her previous six albums, as well as new material including the first single, “Celebrate Early and Often," now being used for many a wedding across the United States. You Don't Know Jacq is ...

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Jacqui Naylor: Live East-West: Birdland/Yoshi's

Read "Live East-West: Birdland/Yoshi's" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini


In the spirit of man bites dog, this is an album whose parts are greater than its sum.

Jackie Naylor has a strong voice, good supporting players, a catchy “acoustic smashing" concept of singing the lyrics of one song to the tune of a second, and the freedom of stretching out in a double-disc live setting. But ultimately there's an uneven quality to 2005's Live East-West: Birdland/Yoshi's, with the fiery highlights diluted by too many lackluster and awkward ...

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Jacqui Naylor: Shelter

Read "Shelter" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz


Jazzy, folkish, bluesy, hipster and thoroughly contemporary vocalizations characterize Jacqui Naylor’s Shelter. Her latest is string-heavy, featuring plenty of organic licks from guitars, acoustic bass and cellos. Rhythmic quirks, as on the earthy sexiness of “Miss You,” recommend a melodious recording that doesn’t end up being merely balladesque with pushy jazz insinuations. This project has an aural personality of its own, blending beauty, serenity, and low-sizzled potency. Furthermore, the percussive undercurrents from the drummers, the bassist and the pianist bring ...

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Innovative Jazz Vocalist/Composer Jacqui Naylor Releases 'Treasures Of The Heart,' Her 12th Album

Innovative Jazz Vocalist/Composer Jacqui Naylor Releases 'Treasures Of The Heart,' Her 12th Album

Source: Mouthpiece Music

Jacqui Naylor is one of the most captivating and innovative vocalists on the scene today. Her albums are not easy to characterize because they always take you on unexpected adventures with songs flavored with jazz, R&B, soul, and pop. The prolific recording artist, singer, and composer is now releasing her 12th album, Treasures of the Heart, comprising four re-imaginings of well-known jazz and pop standards and 10 original compositions penned by Naylor and her husband, pianist Art Khu, who also ...

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Celebrated Jazz Vocalist & Composer, Jacqui Naylor, Releases Her 11th And Long-awaited Album, 'The Long Game'

Celebrated Jazz Vocalist & Composer, Jacqui Naylor, Releases Her 11th And Long-awaited Album, 'The Long Game'

Source: Two Sheps That Pass

To support the album, Jacqui hosts a monthly live-stream concert series, called Home2Home. The next installment is Saturday, April 10th. On February 12th, acclaimed jazz vocalist and songwriter, Jacqui Naylor made Valentine’s Day even “love”lier with the release of her eleventh album, The Long Game. The beautiful album, filled with both original and timeless love songs, highlights the singer’s magnificent songwriting and deeply rich & soulful voice on thoughtfully arranged songs. The title of the album was born from one ...

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Jacqui Naylor Invites Fans To Rate Songs At Upcoming Yoshi's Concert

Jacqui Naylor Invites Fans To Rate Songs At Upcoming Yoshi's Concert

Source: Jacqui Naylor

Tuesday, November 17th , vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor returns to Yoshi’s in jny: Oakland with new music and the opportunity for fans to vote. Guests will be invited to rate each song on a 1-5 scale and the artist will include the highest rated on her tenth recording, due out 2016, Ruby Star Records, eOne Distribution. Naylor is recognized for her wide range, unique vocal sound and the rare ability to interpret music of many genres as well as ...

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Jacqui Naylor Combines Original Compositions, Acoustic Smashing and Fan Choice on 'Lucky Girl'

Jacqui Naylor Combines Original Compositions, Acoustic Smashing and Fan Choice on 'Lucky Girl'

Source: Groove Notes

Jacqui Naylor's latest release, “Lucky Girl" hits stores September 27th. Her fans can purchase a copy ahead of time tonight at Jazz Alley. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW Singer Jacqui Naylor releases her 8th album, Lucky Girl tomorrow. She is also performing tonight at Jazz Alley in Seattle as she kicks off her international tour. I spoke to Jacqui today about letting her fans choose the songs for her new album, her continued success with “acoustic smashing" and being the subject ...

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Jacqui Naylor Special on 1.FM - Adore Vocal Jazz

Jacqui Naylor Special on 1.FM - Adore Vocal Jazz

Source: Michael Ricci

Jacqui Naylor is known for her interpretative capabilities and wide vocal range, with her signature “acoustic smashing" technique.

Jacqui is singing jazz standards over rock classics or vice versa, like Gershwins' “Summertime" over The Allman Brothers' “Whipping Post" or Rodgers & Hart's “My Funny Valentine" over AC/DC's “Back in Black."

She's an incomparable singer, delivering top-drawer originals. This Jacqui Naylor's 1-hour special will peek into her unique world.

Tune in to www.adorejazz.com to listen to this special and the best ...

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Jacqui Naylor Special on 1.FM - Adore Vocal Jazz

Jacqui Naylor Special on 1.FM - Adore Vocal Jazz

Source: Michael Ricci

Jacqui Naylor is known for her interpretative capabilities and wide vocal range, with her signature “acoustic smashing" technique.

Jacqui is singing jazz standards over rock classics or vice versa, like Gershwins' “Summertime" over The Allman Brothers' “Whipping Post" or Rodgers & Hart's “My Funny Valentine" over AC/DC's “Back in Black."

She's an incomparable singer, delivering top-drawer originals. This Jacqui Naylor's 1-hour special will peek into her unique world.

Tune in to www.adorejazz.com to listen to this special and the best ...

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Jacqui Naylor Special on adorejazz.com

Jacqui Naylor Special on adorejazz.com

Source: Michael Ricci

Jacqui Naylor is known for her interpretative capabilities and wide vocal range, with her signature “acoustic smashing" technique.

Jacqui is singing jazz standards over rock classics or vice versa, like Gershwins' “Summertime" over The Allman Brothers' “Whipping Post" or Rodgers & Hart's “My Funny Valentine" over AC/DC's “Back in Black."

She's an incomparable singer, delivering top-drawer originals. This Jacqui Naylor's 1-hour special will peek into her unique world.

Tune in to adorejazz.com to listen to this special and the best ...

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Interview

Singer Splices Tunes for Hybrid Jazz Sound

Singer Splices Tunes for Hybrid Jazz Sound

Source: Michael Ricci

Some jazz singers forge a distinctive identity by finding overlooked tunes, while others put an indelible stamp on familiar standards through the force of their personality. And then there are the rarefied few who weave a new repertoire out of whole cloth, outfitting their book with material transformed by a bracing new concept.

Jacqui Naylor, a self-possessed San Francisco vocalist with a pleasingly smoky sound, belongs to the latter category. She started her career as a jazz chanteuse captivated by ...

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Jazz Singer Blossom Dearie Remembered

Jazz Singer Blossom Dearie Remembered

Source: All About Jazz

Singer Jacqui Naylor will perform a special show called, “Remembering Blossom Dearie" at Yoshi's in San Francisco on Sunday, April 19th. Blossom Dearie passed away in February at the age of 82. She was jazz singer, best known for her distinct voice on the ABC-TV series, Schoolhouse Rock ("Figure 8" & “Unpack Your Adjectives"). Two shows: 2pm (matinee) and 7pm. Matinee: 2:00pm - Tickets $5 kids / $18 parents / $20 others Purchase tickets for 2pm show Evening ...

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Jacqui Naylor Returns to the Turning Point Cafe

Jacqui Naylor Returns to the Turning Point Cafe

Source: Impress Media - Jennifer Niederhoffer

Vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor showcases material from brand new CD at The Turning Point Cafe on Saturday, December 20, 2008. For tickets and more information,

At this concert, Naylor and her band will play tunes from her recently-released seventh recording, You Don't Know Jacq. Naylor will sing songs from this new CD as well as those most requested by fans via her web site. Visit www.jacquinaylor.com to listen to songs and write to the artist. You Don’t Know Jacq ...

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

“’Acoustic Smashing marks a turning point in Naylor’s career.” Wall Street Journal

“She brings new twists and turns to the notion of melding jazz and pop tunes.” NPR

“Naylor has chops and sensitivity to pull it off.” New York Magazine

“She excels as a sensitive song interpreter with unerring intonation.” Downbeat

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Blossom Dearie
piano and vocals
Nina Simone
piano and vocals
Led Zeppelin
band / ensemble / orchestra
Jimi Hendrix
guitar, electric
Sade
vocals

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Treasures of the Heart

Ruby Star Records
2024

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The Long Game

Ruby Star Records
2021

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You Don't Know Jacq

Ruby Star Records
2008

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Live East-West:...

Ruby Star Records
2005

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Shelter

Ruby Star Records
2003

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Live At The Plush Room

Ruby Star Records
2001

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