Awarded “Most Influential African American in the Bay Area” in 2005 and “Best Jazz Group” in 2013, vocalist Kim Nalley is already being called “legendary” and “San Francisco institution. With an international reputation as one of world’s best jazz & blues vocalists, she has graced concert halls from Moscow to Lincoln Center. She had a solid background in classical music before switching to Jazz for the freedom it provided. A true Renaissance woman, Kim Nalley has been a featured writer for JazzWest and SF Chronicle’s City Brights, shortlisted for a Grammy nomination, a produced playwright, the former jazz club owner of Jazz at Pearl’s, a stage actress. She is a Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Berkeley, and an avid Lindy Hop & blues dancer. She was shortlisted by Downbeat Critics Poll in 2017 as a “Rising Star” (Deserving Wider Recognition). Nalley’s many philanthropic endeavors include founding the Kim Nalley Black Youth Jazz Scholarship. She has collaborated with artists such as Rhoda Scott, David “Fathead” Newman, Houston Person, James Williams, Branford Marsalis, Ray Drummond, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.
“Four Stars! With her vaunted 3 1/2 octave vocal range San Francisco jazz mainstay Kim Nalley is the musical equivalent of the pitcher with a 102-MPH fastball. While the baseball flamethrower is usually relegated to the closer’s role, Nalley brings the heat every moment…”
-Downbeat review of Blues People