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|Birth name||Kim Rene Nalley|
|Origin||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Genres||Jazz, vocal jazz, blues, folk, swing|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, actress, club owner, writer, dancer|
City Hall Records
CE Jazz & Blues(indie)
Nalley has also played folk guitar, and sung R&B and spirituals. Nalley is also an actress, a historian, and the former owner of the San Francisco jazz club Jazz at Pearl's.
Nalley is from a musical family that includes jazz drummer and photographer Reggie Jackson and R&B guitarist-vocalist Earl Whitaker; she received piano lessons from her great-grandmother. Originally pursuing classical voice she studied Drama and Opera at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT and Classical Music at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. At Holy Cross, Nalley sang with the power rock combo The Limit, which featured Crusader musicians Garrett Scott Flynn (bass and piccolo), Steve Guerette (guitar, dobro and vocals), Jim Januzzi (guitar, keyboards and ukulele), Allan Harper (guitar, accordion, and bagpipes) and Anthony O'Donnell (trap drums, cowbell, djembe, and triangle).
Nalley switched to jazz shortly after moving to San Francisco, where she attended UC Berkeley, receiving a B.A. in History and singing in the Cal Big Band, as well as receiving a See's Candy' Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship.
While performing weekly at a bar/restaurant called the Alta Plaza, director Michael Tilson Thomas discovered Nalley, recorded her in concert and hired her to sing a program of Gershwin tunes with the San Francisco Symphony. She also began performing with the Johnny Nocturne Band for the Rounder/ Bullseye label, charting at No. 12 on the Gavin list and embarking on a national and international touring schedule that included the Mountain Stage. She also performed at the Teatro Zinzanni as Madame Zinzanni.
In 2001, Nalley left San Francisco to relocate to Switzerland, but returned to save the jazz club Jazz at Pearl's from going out of business.
- Christmas Time Is Here 2010
- Cafe Americain Social Club with special guest Kim Nalley (Boynton Music) 2008
- Ballads for Billie (CE Jazz & Blues) 2006
- She Put a Spell on Me: Kim Nalley Sings Nina Simone (CE Jazz & Blues/City Hall) 2006
- Jumpin’ at the Border (Tetrachord Music) 2004
- Jazz Dialogues (Finas Music) with James Williams, Etta Jones, Nneena Freelon, Dianne Reeves & more 2003
- Need My Sugar (CE Jazz & Blues/City Hall) 2002
- Any Woman's Blues (Rounder/Bullseye) 2001
- It’s Bo Grumpus Christmas (Bogrump Music) 2001
- Million Dollar Secret (Rounder/Bullseye) 1999
- Tuesday Live at the Alta Plaza (MTT) 1996
- Kim Nalley & Johnny Nocturne (out of print) 1996
- “Most Influential African-American in the Bay Area” Award 2005 City Flight Magazine
- "Best Jazz Diva" 7x7 Magazine Entertainment Award 2004
- “Best of the Bay Area” 2000 San Francisco Magazine’s
- “Best Concert of Year” for “Ladies Sing the Blues” San Jose Mercury News 2004 and others
- “Best Cabaret Performers of the Year” 2003 International Poll World Celebrity Magazine
- "Kim Nalley's tribute to Billie Holliday in Santa Cruz, 11/30/09". Jazz Police. 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
- Andrew Gilbert "Kim Nalley Sings the Blues" San Jose Mercury News 15 Jan 2009 Article ID: 1065663
- Chris Caen SF Examiner
- Andrew Gilbert liner notes, Need My Sugar
- Andrew Gilbert for San Jose Merc and SF Chronicle
- programme from Stanford Jazz Festival