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Jacqui Naylor Returns to Water Island for Concert Following Sold-Out Shows, New Album

Jacqui Naylor

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

“She excels as a sensitive song interpreter with unerring intonation.”

— DownBeat

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San Francisco-based jazz vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor continues her winter tour with a concert at Providence Point on Water Island, U.S. Virgin Islands at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24. She will be returning to the island following her gigs at the famed Blue Note New York and sold-out shows at SFJAZZ Center on a tour that has included the United States, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Canada. The tour is in support of her recent ninth release “Q&A.” 

Her albums have made the top-ten lists of USA Today, Jazziz and The Washington Post, and she is recognized for her wide vocal range and ability to mix and “smash” multiple genres and generations of music. She is equally at ease singing the music of Johnny Mercer and Jimi Hendrix as she is her own original music, several of which are used in national advertising. 

“Q&A” features multi-instrumentalist and composer Art Khu, and it contains classic jazz standards like Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight” and Hoagie Carmichael’s “The Nearness of You” sitting comfortably next to Naylor / Khu originals like “This Is How It Starts” and “Here We Are At Last.”

“It’s refreshing to hear Naylor and Khu in the raw—just the cozy, intimate pairing of her Amy Winehouse-meets-Pearl Bailey sound and his elegantly informed playing,” writes JazzTimes about this album.

Naylor is known for the arranging technique she 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 the singer with her quartet on a version of the Rodgers and Hart classic “My Funny Valentine” over ACDC’s “Back in Black.” The artist has likewise been praised for fresh takes on contemporary tunes like Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and a popular bossa nova version of REM’s “Losing My Religion,” featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” for a tango competition.

The artist’s many recordings are available throughout the United States, Europe and Asia; she tours regularly in these regions at esteemed venues and festivals, including SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, Ronnie Scott’s London, Blue Note New York and Tokyo, Birdland New York, Jazz Standard New York, Jazz Alley Seattle, Blues Alley DC, Snug Harbor New Orleans, Unterfahrt Munich, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass and more. See more details about this artist at

Providence Point, Water Island, USVI. More at

Suggested donation: sliding scale $10-$20.

Ferries from Crown Bay Marina at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Return ferries available following the show with round-trip ticket.

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