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MS. NAYO JONES DEMONSTRATES THE FINE ART OF THE NEW JAZZ SINGER

By on December 20, 2018
Nayo at the Kerr 2018 dpi

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504mag staff writer

Grandeur with refinement: that describes the aura of Nayo Jones, whose concert at the ASU Kerr Center on Saturday, Dec 15th revealed her more than ever to be the vocal heir of Natalie Cole, whose voice could also travel anywhere. To call Ms. Nayo Jones a warbler or a songbird isn’t just to trot out shopworn terms for a female jazz singer, but to point out how many of her introductions to songs are wordless, improvised exercises in tonal coloration.
These preludes have the feel of preparatory meditations before Ms. Jones plunges into fresh musical territory. Within the Jazz ensemble settings of her band — Ioannis Goudells on Keyboard, Michael m Teezy Torregano on Piano, Sam Albright on bass Fred Boswell Jr. on drums Jesse McGuire Trumpet, Doc Jones Guest on Bass — That lack of exhibitionism also characterized the way Ms. Jones treated many of her songs as internal monologues. Even at its peak, you sensed power held in reserve. Her restraint created its own kind of suspense, as you waited to see how far she would go. Nayo Jones is no question an up and coming star.

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