Jacqui Naylor
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Jacqui Naylor


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"You Don't Know Jacq"

"She can serve up classic covers with the best of them and her originals are Joni Mitchell good," writes JazzTimes. - JazzTimes

"Smashed for the Holidays"

If you love music that is experimental, cutting edge, but performed by a vocalist and a backing band both of whom possess an abundance of talent, then you will want to tuck this splendid album into your digital or retail shopping cart. - Jazz Review

"Jacqui Naylor - A new voice"

"Jacqui Naylor is the new voice of jazz-pop." - Vogue

"Love Song"

Celebrate Early and Often, "It's featured on Novell's website as a perfect wedding song for couples looking for something a little non-traditional and unique.

To help raise Internet awareness of Rahway, NJ- based Novell as a bridal brand, the company's marketing dir.Rick Mulholland turned to music. Instead of competing head - to-head with other jewerly manufactures and e-tailers populating search engine results with key jewelry terms such as "wedding bands' and engagement rings, Mulholland decided to promote the song "Celebrate Early and Often" by Naylor. - MJSA_Journal


You Don't Know Jacq, 2008

01. How Deep Is Your Love
02. Summertime
03. Celebrate Early and Often
04. Losing My Religion
05. Black Coffee
06. Dreamin' Big With You
07. Thank You Baby
08. Tell Me More and More and Then Some
09. Miss You
10. This Is The Spot
11. Something Cool
12. Shelter
13. Rise Up
14. My Funny Valentine
15. Ain't No Sunshine
16. City By The Bay

Smashed For The Holidays, 2007

01. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
02. Santa Baby
03. Celebrate Early and Often
04. Happy Xmas
05. What Child Is This
06. Thank You Baby
07. We Three Kings
08. The Christmas Song
09. Winter
10. Father Christmas
11. Silver Bells
12. Christmas Ain't What It Used To Be
13. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Color Five, 2006

01. Blue Moon
02. Hot Legs
03. Easy Ride From Here
04. Summertime
05. Love Gets In The Way
06. Sit And Rest A While
07. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
08. History Of Love
09. You Don't Know What Love Is
10. Love For Sale
11. Angel Of Mine
12. Lola
13. Losing My Religion
14. Drive On
15. Here's To Life

Live East-West: Birdland/Yoshi's, 2005

Disc: 1
01. Thank You Baby
02. Once in a Lifetime
03. We'll Fly
04. For What It's Worth
05. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
06. Don't Let the Bastard Get You Down
07. My Funny Valentine
08. Wind
09. But Not for Me
10. Julie's Song
11. It'll Be Fine
12. Me & Mr. Jones

Disc: 2

01. City by the Bay
02. Black Coffee
03. Angel
04. So Far Away
05. Calling You
06. Money
07. Before I'm Gone
08. Cheese Puff Daddy
09. Peace in Our Lifetime
10. No Moon at All
11. Christmas Ain't What It Used to Be
12. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

Shelter, 2003

lyrics to original songs

01. Shelter
02. Before I’m Gone
03. Miss You
04. I Remember You
05. Free My Love
06. All For You
07. Climb Higher
08. Winter
09. Take This Chance
10. Cheese Puff Daddy
11. If You Know Love
12. Love and Affection
13. Tired
14. Fall

Live At The Plush Room, 2001

01. Love Me Or Leave Me
02. Ain’t No Sunshine
03. I Got The Sun In The Morning
04. Blue Skies
05. Estate
06. My Baby Just Cares For Me
07. Lazy Afternoon
08. Time After Time
09. Playing Your Game, Baby
10. It Could Happen To You
11. Closing Music

Self-Titled, 1999

01. Lazybones
02. Nocturne
03. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
04. I Love You So
05. Tell Me More & More, & Then Some
06. The Way You Look Tonight
07. May I Come In
08. I Cover The Waterfront
09. Something Cool
10. Embraceable You
11. Can't Help Singing
12. In The Wee Small Hours
13. Two Sleepy People



JACQUI NAYLOR can only be described as... supremely versatile. This San Francisco- based vocalist and songwriter has launched her fifth CD, The Color Five, which shines through jazz, pop, and rock while adding touches of gospel, folk, blues, and even a little humor into the mix.

With The Color Five, Naylor has created an eclectic yet seamless recording of five originals, five covers, and five of her trademark "acoustic smashes." Acoustic smashing is a technique invented by Naylor, and is the singing of a rock tune over a jazz standard or vice versa. "There is true genius at work here," claims legendary DJ Ken Dashow from New York's only classic rock station, Q-104. For example, Naylor sings the American Songbook classic "Summertime" over the music from The Allman Brothers' southern rock classic "Whipping Post." Another surprising "acoustic smash" on the new album is U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" sung over Miles Davis' "All Blues."

"I wanted to blend genre in the interest of storytelling and bring out all of who I am and who we are as a band," said Naylor. Her quintet includes Jacqui on vocals; co-writer and co-producer Art Khu on piano and guitar; Jon Evans on bass, Josh Jones on drums, and Yoon Ki Chai on violin. Working with this group was a thrill for Naylor; she added, "We had a blast making this recording!"

The Color Five follows Naylor's four previous releases, all available on her own Ruby Star Records label and distributed nationwide by Ryko Distribution. She received critical acclaim for her self-titled debut CD in 1999 and for her follow-up CD in 2001 entitled Live at the Plush Room. Her 2003 release, Shelter prompted Vogue en Espanol to call her "the new voice of jazz and pop" and JazzTimes deemed her "the next-big thing with originals that are Joni Mitchell good."

Her breakthrough fourth release, a double-live CD entitled Live East/West, was released in 2005, and includes original works, jazz standards, and the debut of "acoustic smashes." One of the smashes featured on that album featured "My Funny Valentine" sung over AC/DC's "Back in Black," a crowd favorite at Naylor's live shows.

Currently on tour in support of the new release, Naylor is thrilled by the opportunity to bring her music to more fans and venues both nation-and worldwide. "I truly enjoy the opportunity to perform live for my listeners since it gives me a chance to connect to them in a different way," she Jacqui. "It's more like a conversation, and the energy of the audience inspires the way we as a band make music." She's had the honor of opening for such music greats as Michael McDonald and David Sanborn as well as performing at numerous clubs and theaters, such as Birdland, Blue Note, Blues Alley, Scullers, Yoshi's, Jazz Bakery, Plush Room, and Snug Harbor as a headliner. Naylor has also been selected to perform at the world-renowned Monterey and San Francisco Jazz Festivals.

The Color Five is just the next step on Jacqui's successful path, one that has taken many twists and turns along the way. Raised in Saratoga, CA, Naylor first became interested in music through her parents' collection of antique automated instruments and vintage jazz recordings. While learning songs from mechanical drums, music boxes, and player pianos of the 1930s, she didn't realize her tastes were not exactly contemporary. Jacqui explains, "I didn't think this was old music, just what I liked and listened to."

Although she sang in musicals and talent shows during high school, Jacqui put her desire to perform aside and pursued a traditional college degree in marketing at San Francisco State University. But after listening to a recording of Sarah Vaughan singing Gershwin in a music appreciation class, she recognized that music was indeed her true passion. In 1991 she began studying with renowned San Francisco vocal coach Faith Winthrop, and continued to do so for the next four years.

Simultaneously, Jacqui worked full-time as the director of marketing for clothing designer Lat Naylor. She spent her spare time honing her vocal skills through lessons and by singing as a soloist with the Sacred Heart Gospel Choir. She also trained with Shirley Calloway (Anne Hampton Calloway's mother). In 1997 Jacqui returned to San Francisco with one thing on her mind: to make singing her full-time career.

It didn't take long for jazz community to embrace Jacqui Naylor. Phil Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner described her distinct sound, which reminisces the bygone days of jazz greats, as "Billie Holiday's inflections and a touch of June Christy." But Jacqui's gospel-influence is just as recognizable, especially in jazz interpretations of her own generation's music and her originals. It's this combination of past, present, and future that explains her ability to attract old-time aficionados, new jazz enthusiasts, and fans of modern adult pop music. As Cabaret Magazine puts it, "She can make you sway gently with a blues-fla