WHO: Jacqui Naylor (vocals) with Art Khu (bass and guitar), Geoff Brennan (bass), Josh Jones (drums)
WHAT: Six live concerts, two different shows per night. Tickets $30 - $35 per show.
WHEN: Friday 11/26 at 7pm & 8:30pm, Saturday 11/27 at 7pm & 8:30pm, Sunday 11/28 at 6pm & 7:30pm
WHERE: SFJAZZ Center 201 Franklin Street San Francisco CA www.sfjazz.org 866.920.5299
Acclaimed jazz vocalist and songwriter JACQUI NAYLOR returns to San Francisco’s SFJAZZ Center for six shows, November 26-28, Thanksgiving Weekend 2021, in celebration of the release of her 11th album, THE LONG GAME. The singer performs two different shows per night with her longtime quartet that includes Art Khu on piano and guitar, Geoff Brennan on bass, and Josh Jones on drums.
THE LONG GAME album and SFJAZZ Center concerts highlight the singer’s magnificent songwriting and rich, soulful voice through thoughtfully arranged love songs, all selected by Naylor’s fans via ballots distributed at previous performances, a process she used for her prior four albums.
The title of the album was born from one of Naylor’s philosophies of life: “Keep going, stay hopeful, and enjoy your life. If you continue to make positive efforts, happiness is sure to emerge. We have to play life for the long game, never give up, and win in life and in love.” This sentiment rings especially true today as the world continues to deal with the global pandemic.
Naylor is best known for her ability to interpret a diverse repertoire, bringing together music from different genres and generations. THE LONG GAME features ethereal jazz arrangements of rock classics from David Bowie (“Space Oddity”), Peter Gabriel ("Don't Give Up"), and Coldplay ("Fix You"). These pair well with Latin treatments of standards from Kurt Weill (“Speak Low”) and Charlie Chaplin (“Smile”). Interwoven throughout are the singer’s own compositions, co-written with long-time pianist, guitarist, and arranger (and Naylor’s husband), ART KHU. “Her songs are Joni Mitchell good,” writes JazzTimes.
Naylor’s original music has been featured in national advertising campaigns and her signature song “Celebrate Early and Often” was named by Martha Stewart Weddings as one of the best new wedding songs. The singer’s music has also been featured in television and film including a full-length documentary about her called Lucky Girl. The artist’s many albums have been named in the “Top 10” lists of USA Today, Jazziz Magazine, and The Washington Post, among others.