Jacqui Naylor Quartet

Dead Divas Society CD Release

With Art Khu, Sam Bevan, Josh Jones

“Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around.”   –  JazzTimes

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013 • 8pm
  • Thursday, March 28, 2013 • 8pm
  • Friday, March 29, 2013 • 7pm
  • Saturday, March 30, 2013 • 7pm

Jacqui Naylor celebrates the national release of her ninth recording, Dead Divas Society (Ruby Star / eOne 2013). The recording and show pay tribute to the artist’s favorite departed divas from Fitzgerald to Winehouse, Vaughan to Vandross. “Naylor has the chops and sensitivity to pull it off,” says New York Times Magazine. “With her unique vocal style--- full and rich as Diana Krall’s, yet idiosyncratic as Nellie McKay’s and shot-through with a keen folk-rock sensibility---Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around,” adds JazzTimes. “The Dead Divas Society is a club I hope to join one day, but not quite yet,” says Naylor.

Naylor is a rare artist, known as well for her own compositions as she is for her sensitive treatment of jazz standards. “She is part jazz chanteuse and part folk-pop-leaning singer/songwriter. Naylor could easily get by performing only her own material, but her covers and standards are so appealingly original that her albums and shows wouldn't be the same without them,” writes All Music Guide. On Dead Divas Society, the standards “Skylark”, “The Windmills of Your Mind”, and “Dream A Little Dream of Me” sit comfortably next to the more recent pop classics of “Back To Black” and “Never Too Much.”

A master at bringing multiple generations and genres together through song, the artist has garnered much fame through the arranging technique she calls “acoustic smashing,” where she successfully sings the lyrics and melody of a jazz standard over the groove of a well known rock or pop anthem. “Jacqui Naylor has brought new twists to the notion of melding jazz and pop tunes - without high-tech assistance,” claims NPR. Check out her version of “My Funny Valentine” from Rodgers and Hart sung over the groove of ACDC’s “Back In Black,” “Black Coffee” from Webster and Burke atop Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick,” both from You Don’t Know Jacq (Ruby Star 2008), and “Surry With The Fringe On Top” from Rodgers and Hammerstein over George Benson’s “Breezin’,” from Lucky Girl (Ruby Star 2011). On Dead Divas Society, Naylor sings the Nina Simone made classic “Feelin’ Good” over the groove of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff,” like they were written together.

Naylor’s recordings have made the top 10 albums of the season in USA Today, Jazziz Magazine and The Washington Post and a full length documentary, A Portrait of Jacqui Naylor, was released in 2012. Her albums are available throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and she tours regularly in these regions at esteemed venues, including Ronnie Scott’s London, Birdland New York, Yoshi’s Oakland, Snug Harbor New Orleans, Jamboree Barcelona, Jazz Club Istanbul Turkey, Women in Jazz Festival Germany, Reus Jazz Festival Spain, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival and all Blue Note Clubs in New York, Milan and Japan. Hear her at Live At The Rrazz with long time band members Art Khu (piano, organ, guitar), Sam Bevan (bass) and Josh Jones (drums). Visit www.jacquinaylor.com to learn more and hear more. Early copies of Dead Divas Society will be available for purchase at these shows.