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CELEBRATED JAZZ VOCALIST & COMPOSER, JACQUI NAYLOR, RELEASES HER 11TH AND LONG-AWAITED ALBUM, THE LONG GAME, ON FEBRUARY 12TH
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Naylor brings the love.

“Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around.” Jazz Times

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

“She brings new twists and turns to the notion of melding jazz and pop tunes.” NPR

 

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Monday, December 28, 2020 (San Francisco, CA) – On February 12th, acclaimed jazz vocalist and songwriter, Jacqui Naylor, will make Valentine’s Day even “love”lier with the release of The Long Game. The beautiful album, filled with both original and timeless love songs, highlights the singer’s deeply rich and soulful voice on thoughtfully arranged songs – selected by her fans.

The title of the album was born from one of Jacqui’s philosophies on life; “Keep going, stay hopeful and enjoy your life. If you continue to make positive efforts for your life, 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 more true today, during this global epidemic.

Naylor is best known for her ability to interpret a diverse repertoire, bringing together music from different genres and generations. On The Long Game, ethereal jazz arrangements of rock classics from David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Coldplay sit comfortably next to Latin treatments of standards from Kurt Weill, Jimmy Van Heusen and Ray Henderson. Interwoven throughout are the singer’s own compositions, written with pianist, guitarist and arranger, Art Khu.

Love-inspired highlights from the album include “Like Someone In Love,” “Love Look What You’ve Done” and “All My Life”.

“Look What You’ve Done,” is an original, personal, and hopeful song about finally finding love after a long journey. Naylor wrote the song not only with her own journey to love in mind but also that of her sister. She officiated at her sister’s wedding in November and was able to sing this song to the couple from afar at a recent home2home, live-streamed concert.

“Like Someone In Love,” was written by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen in 1944. Naylor always loved how well it captures that feeling of falling in love, how we become different people, better, even empowered to do great things. She makes the track her own with a Brazilian-inspired arrangement – a breath of fresh air, free and interactive, like falling in love.

“All My Life” was written by Naylor for her partner, Art Khu, and for all those who feel they have found that special someone to share their life. The song celebrates how difficult relationships can be and how appreciating everything we can about one another can keep us in it for the long game, long enough to reap the benefit of love, long enough to see ourselves and the other person more clearly. Naylor says, “When my days are over, I’ll be happy that I spent all my life with you.” referring to Khu. She goes on to say, “this song is also for all my friends and fans in great relationships that they work at. It’s worth it! ” She placed this song at the end of the album to serve as the celebratory culmination of a great journey.

Naylor gained notoriety with an arranging technique she coined “acoustic smashing,” where she sings the lyrics and melody of a jazz standard over the groove of a well-known rock anthem or vice versa. “Acoustic Smashing marks a turning point in her career,” writes The Wall Street Journal. On The Long Game, this technique can be heard as she sings “Fix You” from Coldplay while the band plays a Miles Davis-inspired “It Never Entered My Mind.” On previous recordings, Naylor includes the Rodgers and Hart classic, “My Funny Valentine”, sung over AC/DC’s “Back In Black”, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top” over George Benson’s “Breezin’,” and the Gershwin Brothers’ “Summertime” over the groove of The Allman Brothers’ “Tied To The Whipping Post.” “Naylor has the chops and sensitivity to pull this off,” writes New York Magazine.

The musicianship and camaraderie of Naylor and her long time band mates, Jon Evans – Bass (Tori Amos, Paula Cole, Sarah McLachlan), Josh Jones – Drums and Percussion (Don Cherry, Omar Sosa, Steve Coleman) and Art Khu – Piano, Organ and Guitar (arranger and producer for multiple artists and composer of “The Symphony of Souls” for The Oakland Symphony), shine brightly throughout this thoughtfully produced album. Khu says, when describing this synergy of these talented players, “Each member of this band is an accomplished musician and storyteller, sensitive to Jacqui’s mission and lyrics, supportive, intuitive and compassionate. Decades of work culminate in The Long Game as each band member uses their individual talents to contribute, shine and support each other. Jacqui’s interpretations are deep, thoughtful but also human and unpretentious.”

Naylor tours regularly throughout the world with her quartet, headlining esteemed venues and festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Germany’s Women In Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, The Vancouver Jazz Festival, London’s Ronnie Scott’s, Berlin’s Quasimodo, New York and Hamburg’s Birdland, and the Blue Note Jazz Clubs worldwide in New York, Milan and Tokyo.

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 made about her called Lucky Girl. Her version of REM’s “Losing My Religion” was featured in the hit reality series “So You Think You Can Dance” and the artist’s many albums have been named in the “top-ten” lists of USA Today, Jazziz, The Washington Post and more. “Her songs are Joni Mitchell good,” writes JazzTimes.

 

THE LONG GAME
Ruby Star Records :: RSR-011 :: Distributed by The Orchard

 

TRACK LISTING:
01. Like Someone In Love
02. Give Me One More Chance
03. Fix You
04. I’ll Be Loving You
05. Love Look What You’ve Done
06. Walkin’ Out The Door
07. Smile
08. The Thrill Is Gone
09. Space Oddity
10. The Long Game
11. Don’t Give Up
12. Speak Low
13. It’s The Right Time
14. All My Life

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ABOUT JACQUI NAYLOR

San Francisco based, Jazz singer/songwriter, Jacqui Naylor has a unique style all her own. Born and raised in Saratoga, CA, Naylor (jacquinaylor.com) initially entered college to study marketing, but after hearing the album Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin in a music appreciation class, Naylor became seriously interested in vocal jazz, later studying with Faith Winthrop and Shirley Calloway. Naylor recorded her self-titled debut in 1998 and released it on her own independent label, Ruby Star Records, the following year. She went on to record several more Ruby Star releases in the 2000s, which have been praised by the likes of Vogue, Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine, for her signature “acoustic smashing” technique, singing jazz standards over rock classics, and her original music. Naylor tours regularly in the US, Europe and Asia at esteemed venues including SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, Ronnie Scott’s London, Birdland New York, Monterey Jazz Festival, Women in Jazz Germany and the Blue Note Jazz Clubs in New York, Milan and Tokyo.

 

ABOUT HOME2HOME CONCERTS

In anticipation of the release of The Long Game, originally scheduled for March 2020, several concerts were booked. Then came the coronavirus pandemic. Like many artists, for whom the landscape had changed, Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu saw the need for a new model. With this the pair started a series of private monthly home2home live-stream concerts from their home studio. With remote expertise from photographer Thomas Heinser for staging and lighting (he’s photographed almost all her albums) and from mastering engineer Michael Romanowski on sound (he’s mastered all but one of her albums), these concerts are becoming known for great sound and staging and intimate feel. Every show is completely different, based on requests from their 200+ recorded songs and newly arranged music. Since May they have only repeated 5 songs. #home2homemusic.

Catch the next installments of Home2Home:

Saturday, January 9, 2021 5pm PST
Saturday, February 13, 2021 5pm PST

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