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Jacqui Naylor – One Sheet Q and A

Jaqui Naylor and Art Khu


March 24, 2017

Ruby Star Records




Physical Distribution – Inner Knot
Amy Worthington

Digital Distribution – A Train Entertainment
Bob Williard

Press & Booking – Ruby Star Records
Patricia Phillips


“Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around.” JazzTimes
“Naylor excels as a sensitive song interpreter with unerring intonation.” Downbeat
“An extreme talent as a singer, songwriter and storyteller.” Roots Music Report

Q&A is Jacqui Naylor’s ninth recording and first duo album with long-time multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, Art Khu. The duo is best known for their work with full quartet, combining jazz, soul, rock and original music in new ways. On Q&A, they have created an intimate jazz experience with many surprises.

“For over a decade, we’ve been performing and recording with our quartet, yet always include at least one song as a duo. Fans tell us it’s one of their favorite moments and we wanted to capture that in this recording,” says Naylor.

Original songs, This Is How It Starts and Here We Are At Last, speak to the duo’s long-time collaboration and sit comfortably next to jazz classics like The Way You Look Tonight, Moonglow and Time After Time. Naylor’s uniquely identifiable and capable voice and Khu’s ability to weave seamlessly in and out of her phrasing is evident throughout, particularly on their versions of The Nearness Of You and Lush Life. A conservatory trained musician and composer, Khu alternates playing piano, guitar, organ and bass, making this an unusual and impressive duo album. Their gospel-jazz take on the metal classic More Than Words is sure to be a stand-out.

These artists tour regularly in the US, Europe and Asia, performing at such esteemed venues as Blue Note clubs world-wide, Ronnie Scotts London, Jazz Alley Seattle, SFJAZZ , Monterey Jazz Festival and more.