Jazz Series: An Evening with Jacqui Naylor (vocal) and Art Khu (piano)

Saturday, Mar 16, 2024 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
The Packing House
156 River Road
$25 advance tickets and $30 at the door

Jazz vocalist and songwriter JACQUI NAYLOR returns to The Packing House following the pandemic hiatus. She has recorded and released eleven albums, available throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia, making the "top-ten" lists of USA Today, Jazziz, The Washington Post and more. The singer is also the subject of a full-length documentary film, Lucky Girl. With a wide vocal range, she has made the mixing and "smashing" of genres and eras her stock-in-trade, gaining fans and notoriety throughout the world by singing the lyrics and melody of jazz standards over the grooves of well-known rock songs and viceversa.

At her concert expect music from Naylor’s recently released duo recording, Q&A, featuring multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, Art Khu. The two have worked together for over a decade, recording and touring regularly with Naylor’s 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 duo’s original music like “This Is How It Starts” and “Here We Are At Last.”

These artists are perhaps best known for an arranging technique they 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.

Naylor tours regularly at esteemed venues and festivals, including Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, SFJAZZ Festival, Women in Jazz Germany, Ronnie Scott's London, Jazz Standard New York, Jazz Alley Seattle, Snug Harbor New Orleans, and the Blue Note jazz clubs in New York, Milan and Tokyo.

Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm

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For information, please call 518-791-9474.

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