Jacqui Naylor & Art Khu Wed. 6/21

Upstage and Studio Bob in Port Angeles present acclaimed jazz vocalist Jacqui Naylor, accompanied by pianist and composer Art Khu, on Wednesday, June 21st, 7pm. “Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around” -JazzTimes. Naylor’s recordings have made the top 10 albums of the season in USA Today, Jazziz Magazine and The Washington Post. She tours regularly at esteemed venues – Birdland New York, Yoshis Oakland, Snug Harbor New Orleans, all Blue Note Clubs in New York, Milan and Japan.

Jacqui Naylor has brought new twists to the notion of melding jazz and pop tunes – without high-tech assistance. National Public Radio (NPR)

“Jacqui has a sumptuous voice, knack for scratchiness, and an ability to sweeten those bluesy bent notes. -Village Voice

“Jacqui’s ‘acoustic smashing’ of the great American songbook with the classic rock and roll songbook brings both forms to life in a way never heard before. -Ken Dashow Q-104


Naylor and Art Khu are masters of bringing genres from different generations and mixing them in fascinating and delightful ways, drawing insight and emotion from fascinating arrangements. Their signature technique of arranging is “Acoustic Smashing.” She sings the melody and lyrics of a jazz standard while the band plays a pop classic or vice versa. In superb jazz style, you’ll listen to jazz standards masterfully synced with rock classics, or stunning pop lyrics over jazz standard arrangements.

“The words are to Gershwin’s “Summertime,” but the music is Gregg Allman’s Whipping Post. Naylor has the chops and sensitivity to pull it off.” -NY Magazine.

With a wide range, eclectic influences and a rich vocal style steeped in jazz and gospel, the artist has a dedicated, worldwide following and tours regularly.

Tickets are available online now for your convenience.  Beginning 6/16, tickets will also be available in Port Angeles at Harbor Arts Gallery on 110 E Railroad Av, across from ferry terminal during business hours from. Parking and Great Dining is available within a few minutes walk from Studio Bob. The Loom Bar at Studio Bob will be selling refreshments. Doors open at 6pm on concert night, Wednesday 6/21.