Nayo Jones blooms with her new CD “Live at The Kerr Center”. Her voice sounds even more sultry than usual as she performs at the Blue Note in New York

By on September 11, 2017
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504Magazine Staff

By any standard this notable vocalist is one of the most accomplished and distinctive singers on the music scene today. Respected far and wide as a successful recording and performing artist, Ms. Nayo Jones has become a true force not only in New Orleans, but also around the Country. At any given time you might catch her performing at the Blue Note in New York, at the Heritage and Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Arizona’s International Jazz Day Festival and at anyone of the several other Jazz Festivals New Orleans is known for. Her travels tend to annually take her to Atlanta, Houston, Arizona, New York and Chicago. Nayo regularly performs with her award-winning New Orleans band, but also with local great musicians in New York, Chicago and Arizona. Not only does she perform with her own custom band members, but also with her father a known Minister of Music, William Doc Jones, with the legendary Kermit Ruffins, as well as an opening act for the renown Chris Boti, George Benson, the Temptations and others around the Country. When she’s on tour you can catch her on stage, with Doc Jones or with her own award-winning band the Nayo Jones Experience.

The record shows that Nayo has accomplished a lot in a very short time; trust me there’s much more to come. Along the way Nayo has recorded her debut CD My Name is Nayo, two Holiday CD’s, a holiday video, a double CD Live at the Scottsdale Center (Arts 913 Venue) and her latest CD “Live at the Kerr Center.” Ms. Jones has been on a road steadily establishing herself as one of the most beloved vocalist of her generation. Her live performances and recordings have thus far earned her a loyal fan base from the United States to Mexico.

On her latest CD, she recorded a collection of songs from back in the day to present, each song showcasing her considerable gifts as a vocalist and talent in a bold and memorable way. Ms. Jones sings a set of songs that include familiar popular classics such as “At Last”, “St James Infirmary”, “Killing me Softy” and Route 66.“ All songs first sung by Nayo’s musical heroes (Etta James, Nat King Cole, Roberta Flack and other beloved writers and performers. That CD also features more gems such as “Summertime”, “If I Only Had a Brain”, and a wonderful new arrangement from Yoshitaka, Z2 of “My Funny Valentine,” recorded in Scottsdale Arizona. Her music is tremendously refreshing and the collaborative efforts that presents this young artist in a gorgeous new light. She is quoted as having said, “My parents and I both loved the old classics that have helped me form my musical background.”