It should be no surprise that with the stress of tough economic times, incidents of domestic violence tend to spike. Unfortunately, funding for domestic violence support services also tends to dry up about the same time. That's why it's important for communities to come together to ensure that victims of domestic violence are ensured the resources necessary to help them escape abuse. No one should have to fear getting beaten up in their own house.

On Thursday night, internationally renowned local jazz chanteuse, Jacqui Naylor, will be performing two shows at Yoshi's in Oakland. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to support the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, a network of seventeen domestic violence service agencies that come together with the goal of providing high quality, coordinated and comprehensive services to San Francisco's victims of domestic abuse.

Ms. Naylor and her band have just returned to the Bay Area from an often sold out international tour and will include requests from her albums as well as jazz standards and totally new original songs. Her recent and seventh album, You Don't Know Jacq, features new arrangements of the most requested songs from her previous recordings, as well as completely new material, including the song "Celebrate Early and Often." The song has been declared "the new wedding standard" by folks like Martha Stewart. Other well known songs include "Rise Up" which was featured on the Obama-Biden campaign website, "In Annie's Voice," written for her manager's daughter who suffers from Rett Syndrome, "Lucky Girl," "I Wish This Night Could Last Forever," and "I Will Wish For You." Songs may be requested by writing [email protected].

If you're a fan of jazz standards or just an opponent of domestic violence, we urge you to come on out and show your support.

WHO: Jazz singer-songwriter Jacqui Naylor and her trio
WHAT: A concert to benefit the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium
WHERE: Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland CA 510.238.9200
WHEN: Thursday, January 28th, 8 p.m. ($20) and 10 p.m. ($15)