Jazz at Pearl's, one of the Bay Area's most popular nightclubs, will close its doors at the end of the month. The news was made public via the venue's Web site and by a press release from the club's co-owner, Kim Nalley.

"It has become clear that despite my best efforts I will be unable to gain sole ownership of Pearl's and the lease. Jazz at Pearl's will close at the end of April," said the veteran jazz singer, who has owned the nightclub with her husband, producer Steve Sheraton, since 2003.

Nalley emphasized she is not blaming the new Yoshi's in San Francisco for her club's woes. Still, Pearl's, like other nightclubs, has had to compete in an increasingly competitive market place. Yoshi's opened its club in San Francisco in November, and there are dozens of other local clubs and restaurants that offer live jazz — and all are dealing with tough economic times and high gas prices.

Nalley says she has no plans right now to try to open another club, and instead plans to direct her focus back on her singing career.

Pearl's is hosting a full schedule of performances throughout the month. Nalley herself performs April 25 and 26. Other featured acts include vocalist Mindi Hadan (April 20) and the Collective West Jazz Orchestra (April 23). Cabaret crooner Barry Lloyd will have the honor of being the last act to hold court at Pearl's on April 27. For more information, call 415-291-8255 or visit www.jazzatpearls.com.

Reach Jim Harrington at jharrington@bayareanewsgroup.com.



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