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Kim Nalley

Awarded as one of the "Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area," Kim Nalley has an international reputation as one of world's best jazz & blues vocalists. Known for her ability to turn a chattering cocktail-sipping crowd into a rapt audience of lifelong fans in minutes with a beguiling combination of sass, soul and smarts, no trip to San Francisco is complete without hearing Kim Nalley perform.

Kim Nalley, in looks and presence is often compared to Billie Holiday, but vocally she packs a 3 1/2 octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone, and the ability to scat blistering solos without ever losing the crowd's interest or the intense swing. Her singing is most reminiscent of the former Basie Singers Helen Humes & Joe Williams with a dash of Dinah Washington and occasional nods to Ella, Sarah and Nina Simone.

"Nalley is the best singer, any style, I have heard in years. She's young, sharp and hip; looks great, enjoys singing and knows all the moves of a knockout performer." Phil Elwood- San Francisco Examiner

Last year it was Roy Hargrove, this year it is the splendid voice of Kim Nalley that is driving the fans wild at Umbria Jazz. Her voice gives you goosebumps. She is like Jessica Rabbit and Louis Armstrong at the same time." Il Corriere dell'Umbria

"Nalley is a triple threat -- a powerful blues singer, a song stylist who can put her stamp on American songbook standards and an assertively lascivious vaudevillian with an entire book of bawdy songs brimming with double entendres. Kim Nalley has pipes to burn and works the stage like she means it." San Francisco Chronicle

"Sultry voiced Kim Nalley brings an irresistibly sexy sense of swing, rhythmic dexterity and beautiful sound to the classic, with her crisp diction and playful delivery of earthy lines." Down Beat

"Glamorous, garrulous, dramatic, like a diva of the 1950s . . . Kim Nalley is dazzling. . . her voice fills the club . . . you could hear an olive drop into a martini." San Francisco Magazine