Roya Naldi, based in Chicago, IL, specializes in classic jazz music of the 1920s and 1930s. Classic jazz, especially that which was recorded in Chicago during that time, became her obsession when she was in her teens and has remained a focus in her life since.
Roya Naldi approaches her music from a perspective of authenticity and emotionalism. Her rich vocal tone and unique style breathes new life into the music of the jazz age, singing with a nuanced, exciting, and often moody style. Roya Naldi views every song as a beautiful story she is telling to her listeners, approaching every lyric with a sense of empathy and emotion. She draws inspiration from many notable jazz singers of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Al Bowlly, Annette Hanshaw, Cliff Edwards, Frank Sylvano, and others. Inspired by these greats, the music Roya Naldi performs is sure to give you a taste of the energy and sophistication of the jazz age!
The musicians Roya Naldi performs with are some of the finest in the style, including Andy Schumm, Paul Asaro, John Otto, Hal Smith, etc, many of whom are members of the classic jazz band the Chicago Cellar Boys. Roya Naldi has made regular appearances at Chicago’s stylish The Drake hotel, Hungry Brain, Bordel Chicago, and various other venues and festivals in and beyond Chicago.