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San Francisco based jazz vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor returns to Portland with her quartet following sold-out shows in United States, Europe and Canada. Naylor has released ten recordings worldwide, making “top-ten” lists of USA Today, Jazziz, The Washington Post and more. She is recognized for her wide vocal range and ability to mix and “smash” multiple genres and generations of music, 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.
Current 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.” .
The artist and her quartet are perhaps best known for the arranging technique 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
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