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Kim Nalley


Kim Nalley is an award-winning vocalist, bandleader and producer residing in San Francisco.

With a formal background in classical music and theater, Kim Nalley's star ascended upon switching to Jazz. Her resume includes several CDs, numerous rave reviews, yearly concerts at some of the most prestigious jazz festivals and jazz-clubs throughout Europe, Canada, Japan & the USA, performing with everyone from Michael Tilson Thomas & the San Francisco Symphony to David "Fathead" Newman. Her acting credits include leading roles in "Swing!" and Madame Zinzanni in Teatro Zinzanni. She is the producer of several successful musical-historio-graphical shows in various venues including "Ladies Sing the Blues," "She Put a Spell on Me: Tribute to Nina Simone" and the multimedia presentation of jazz "Black History Month Concert Series." She also is the resuscitator and owner of the famous jazz club "Jazz at Pearl's."

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Article: In Pictures

San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018

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The exciting 2018 edition of jny: San Francisco's long running Fillmore Jazz Festival took place over the June 30-July 1 weekend. This year's 34th edition of the SFFJF featured an extensive artist line up that included: Kim Nalley, Groove 8, Pamela Rose Presents Blues Is A Woman; Lloyd Gregory and Friends, Lavay Smith & The Red ...


Article: Live Review

Groove8 At The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017

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Groove8 San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Festival San Francisco, CAJuly 1-2, 2017 San Francisco's 33rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival was a huge, funky street party celebrating numerous music genres, ethnic foods, crafts and more in the city's historical and culturally rich Fillmore neighborhood. This year's edition of the FJF, running between ...


Article: Live Review

Kim Nalley's Tribute to Nina Simone

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Kim Nalley Tribute to Nina Simone Freight & Salvage Berkeley, CA March 3 2017 Popular San Francisco vocalist Kim Nalley skillfully painted a stunning portrait of the iconic Nina Simone, using her voice like an artist's brush and Simone's songbook like a sonic canvas. The captivating ...

News: Performance / Tour

The RRazz Room Presents The Return Of Acclaimed Vocalist Kim Nalley

The RRazz Room Presents The Return Of Acclaimed Vocalist Kim Nalley

The RRazz Room, San Francisco’s premier nightclub, will welcome back KIM NALLEY – awarded “Most Influential African American in the Bay Area” – for a special two week engagement from July 11 to 22. Ms. Nalley is already being called “legendary" and “San Francisco institution." With an international reputation as one of world's best jazz and ...


News: Festival

Newport Beach Jazz Party: Feb. 17-20, 2011

Newport Beach Jazz Party: Feb. 17-20, 2011

The upcoming Presidents' Day Weekend marks the opening of the 11th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party, which spotlights “Right Down The Middle And Straight Ahead" jazz at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel in Southern California. The four-day event, Feb. 17 through 20, 2011, kicks off Thursday, 8 p.m., with guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli's tribute to Duke Ellington, ...


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Take Five With Gini Wilson: The Duchess

Read "Take Five With Gini Wilson: The Duchess" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Gini Wilson: The Duchess: Gini Wilson, known as The Duchess, is legendary in the Bay area as a brilliant jazz pianist, entertainer, and composer. Gini performs regularly at Jazz Festivals, well-known jazz clubs such as Jazz at Pearls, and Shanghai 1930 in San Francisco and Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz; in solo and with ...


News: Performance / Tour

San Francisco Jazz Vocalist Kim Nalley Stars in the World Premiere of Her New Musical

San Francisco Jazz Vocalist Kim Nalley Stars in the World Premiere of Her New Musical

San Francisco jazz vocalist Kim Nalley stars in the world premiere of her new musical “Ella: The American Dream." Nalley penned this Ella Fitzgerald tribute, a quintessential rags to riches story that takes audiences back to 1930's Harlem, Savoy Ballroom and birth of the swing era. Based on new historical findings about Ella Fitzgerald's humble beginnings, ...



Forbidden Fruit

Featuring the music of Kim Nalley
Duration: 4:11

Vocalist Kim Nalley pays tribute to Nina Simone with her rendition of "Forbidden Fruit", taped live at Jazz At Pearl's in San Francisco. Tammy Hall is on piano.

She Put a Spell On Me

Label: CE Jazz & Blues/City Hall Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: My Baby Just Cares for Me; In the Evening by the Moonlight; See-Line Woman; You Can Have Him; I Put a Spell On You; House of the Rising Sun; Trouble in Mind; Mississippi Goddamn; I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free; Extro.


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