Singer Kim Nalley Wows Downtown Jazz Festival: Berkeley Daily Planet
Nalley did not try to recreate Nina --who could, after all? --but interpreted her life and music in a way that made us appreciate both Nina's pain and her greatness, in the way the soft, midnight moon reflects the long-departed light of a burning sun.
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Kim Nalley - Mesmerizing! Beyond the Chron
FIVE GREAT REASONS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH KIM NALLEY

She’s as dramatic as La Boheme … She’s Carmen … She’s remarkable … She’s exhilarating and she’s a Cultural touchstone! AND…SHE SANG THE STIRRING “Mississippi Goddamn!” – and when she sings it – she means it.
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Did I mention she's gorgeous and actually exists?
Golden-voiced and full of fierceness, Ms. Nalley, a longtime (but not too long) Bay Area phenom and former owner of Jazz at Pearl's in North Beach, intends to keep that message alive for five straight weeks at the Rrazz Room — and sing the sugar out of a Nina Simone set list that runs to 44 songs, augmented with tales of the activist diva's life and accomplishments. If just thinking about doing all that makes you draw a breath, add in that Nalley is finishing up her Ph.D. in history at UC Berkeley, teaching jazz to grade school kids, and preparing to embark on a string of international tours and recording projects. Plus she's catching up on all four seasons of Mad Men. Did I mention she's gorgeous and actually exists?
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Simone holds several draws for Nalley, whose show mixes history with the music.
"She speaks to all women, all races," Nalley says. "She speaks to black people. She speaks to civil rights, to the maids in hotels getting below minimum wage."

"She speaks to the oppressed and the underdog. I think that’s something anyone can identify with, regardless of race, gender or anything else."
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INTERVIEW: Kim Nalley Conjures a Charm of Music in SHE PUT A SPELL ON ME: KIM NALLEY SINGS NINA SIMONE June 14-July 17 at RRazz Room
We’re blessed to have such a richly skilled, keenly intuitive pool of jazz artists in the Bay Area. Among the finest in our region, our nation for that matter, vocalist Kim Nalley and pianist Tammy Hall offer sublime flair and artistry.

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Kim Nalley, She Put A Spell On Me!
Deb Gillespie Interview with Kim Nalley for Dorothy's Closet

The beautiful and sassy Kim Nalley will be coming to The Rrazz Room. Kim Nalley Sings Nina Simone! Dorothy and Toto are so excited about the show that we had to get an interview with this remarkable woman. Her "award-winning tribute, a mix of history, multimedia and song, was first performed by Ms. Nalley weeks after Nina Simone's death, recorded live and turned into a riveting album "She Put A Spell On Me: Kim Nalley sings Nina Simone," which was short listed for a 2006 Grammy Award."
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Best CDs of '06 _She Put a Spell on Me Kim Nalley Sings: Nina Simone
In brief, jazz and blues singer Kim Nalley revealed new emotional and stylistic range with her powerful tribute to Nina Simone.

Nalley is one of the Bay Area's musical gems. She's a powerful singer, but one who knows how to incorporate shading and silence to deliver winning performances.
Kim Nalley's tribute to Nina Simone a gem
By L. PIERCE CARSON
NVP Services
Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:14 AM PDT
Answering to the title, High Priestess of Song, Nina Simone was one of the most provocative, as well as gifted, entertainers of the 20th century.
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Nalley pays tribute to Nina Simone at Copia concert
Nalley's raw, captivating performances have garnered numerous rave reviews and encores at the most prestigious jazz festivals and jazz clubs throughout Europe, Japan and the United States, performing with everyone from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony
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Neue Jazz-Ikone
Neue Jazz-Ikone
Baseler Zietung Switzerland
Kim Nalley aus San Francisco Laesst ihre Stimme im Bird�s Eye erklingen.

KECK. Manchmal sieht sie aus wie den 20er Jahren entsprungen. Wenn sie frech ihre Standards singt, stimmt dieser Link auch. Doch nicht nur traditional Jazz fuhlt sich Kim Nalley verbunden. Die Saengerin aus San Francisco widmet sich ebenso dem modern Jazz, dem Blues, Bebop und den sanften Jazz Balladen aus dem American Songbook. Wenn Kim Nalley, die in San Francisco als grosse Nachwuchshoffnung gilt, singt und ihren Scat zum Besten gibt, wird sie gelegentlich mit den ganz Grossen des Jazz verglichen � oder etwa als <<eine Mischung aus Jessica Rabbit und LouisArmstrong>> bezueichnet. Kim Nalley legt trotz ihres jungen Alters eine strake Praesenz an den Tag und faszineiert das Publikum mit ihrer powervollen Stimme.


Nalley is able to vocally plow a mighty road of jazz and spiritual, classical, folk, blues, pop, African chant and freedom without losing a note, without relinquishing her spell. Typical of a Kim Nalley performance, every seat in the house was taken.
Like the river Jordan, Kim Nalley's vocal strolls through the valley of human emotion finding in �her� course a way to renew and build bridges for both the satisfied and the weary.
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Nalley, whose hand in reopening the North Beach hot spot Jazz at Pearl's has made her into something of a hero in her own right, seems the perfect choice to interpret and pay tribute to the late, great Dr. Simone.
Kim Solo
To be Nina, gifted and black
by Hiya Swanhuyse
Ran Wednesday 8/5/2005 SFWeekly

Nina Simone was a singer, a social commentator, and a fighter. Often called the High Priestess of Soul, she was revered for her command of folk, blues, protest songs, and show tunes. So is it any wonder that Kim Nalley's show "She Put a Spell on Me: Kim Sings Nina" has been so popular?
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Driving Socrates reviews Nina Simone Tribute
In-depth review of Kim's tribute to Nina Simone
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Heisser Jazz aus den Strassen von San Francisco
Heisser Jazz aus den Strassen von San Francisco
Abbenblatt: Das Stadt Magazine Vom Hamburg
Schon auf den ersten Blick sieht Kim Nalley aus wie eine entfernte Verwandte von Nina Simone oder Billie Holiday. Weniger optisch aus dem Gesicht geschnitten denn Stolz und Selbstbewusstsein zur Schau tragend. Und in der Tat muss sich die 1971 geborene Saengerin aus San Francisco nicht hinter ihren Vorbildern verstecken, gehoert Nalley doch zu den angesehensten Kuenstlerinnen der Westkueste. Im Gesang stark an den Blues- und Jazz-Stil der Nachkriegszeit orientiert, variiert sie auch Soul-, Folk- und Spiritual-Einflaesse, ausdrucksstark und doch von dieser speziellen Laessigkeit einer Zeit, als Vocals und nicht Koerpereinsatz die Maenner zum Schwitzen brachten.