Monday, November 30, 2015

The Eighth Annual Season of Lights Free Holiday Concert is next Saturday December 5, 2015 7:00 PM at the First Congregational Church! (1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205)

The Season of Lights tradition celebrates the cultural and faith traditions of the Portland community. Excellent performers from varied musical traditions will join together this year to present music from Americas, Israel, Europe, Africa, Russia, and Japan. This program is a holiday gift to the families of the Portland community. 

Season of Lights is a community celebration which benefit two charitable organizations that exemplify the spirit of service in our community. This year SOL will benefit Jewish Family and Children Services, and the Portland Boyschoir. Generous donations to these worthwhile organizations are greatly appreciated.

Artists on the program include:

- Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, cantor and music director at Beth Israel Synagogue, and featured soloist with Pink Martini. Andrew Ehrlich (violin), Courtney Von Drehle (accordion from 3 Leg Torso), and Ed Kraus (clarinet).

- Shirley Nanette, one of Portland's finest jazz vocalists, and inductee of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. Ms. Nanette has guest soloed with the Oregon Symphony as well as many symphonic orchestras across the country. Accompanying Ms. Nanette is pianist Vince Frates.

- Tatiana Kolchanova, violinist and founder/musical director of Music and Arts Academy, Camas, WA and orchestra member of the Portland Opera, will team up with Andrew Ehrlich on a work by Prokofiev.

- Will Dudley, an accomplished performer the Kora (African harp), will perform music from on the West African. This is a beautiful instrument.

- Portland Boychoir is a tremendous a non-profit organization that provides music education and performance opportunities for boys aged 5 to 18. The boys choir, under the masterful direction of David York, will perform vocal works and instrumental pieces for bell choir.

- Thousand Waves, an "electric and exciting blend of musical styles from different continents"- (Art Beat, 2011).Yukiko Vossen Japanese koto, LeeAnn McKenna (flute), and Peter Zisa (8 and 6 string classical guitar).

Hope to see you there!

Happy holidays!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Upcoming Events November and December

Hello My Dear Fans ~ Emoji
Happiest Of Holidays To All Of You !
I have been a little busy & a little under the weather...
but am feeling better now, also my computer has been
out of whack for awhile & is better now too.
I do hope all of you have been doing well & are in good health. I can't believe Christmas is upon us all
so soon, but here we are... like I always say when my Birthday comes, Christmas is just around the corner
& here we are !  Well here are the up coming dates I have thus far... so here we go.

November 22, 2015
Billy Webb Elks Lodge
6 N. Tillamook St. & Williams Ave.
6pm-9pm
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
Bill Athens - on Bass
Tim Rap - on Drums

December 5, 2015

First Congregational Church
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
Portland, OR
Milwaukie High School Auditorium
w/ Big Horn Brass Band
Milwaukie, OR
Royal Durst Theatre
Vancouver School Of Arts & Academics
w/ Big Horn Brass Band
Vancouver, WA
St. Matthews Lutheran Church
w/ Big Horn Brass Band
Beaverton, OR

Well my Dear Fans that's all for now, but as always
should there be any new venues I will be sure to let you know...
Thank You All For Your Continued Support Of Me...
May God Continue To Bless You & Your Family.
Happy Thanksgiving & A Very Merry Christmas or whatever
You Celebrate This Season That Is Loving & Kind.

warmest regards
Shirley Nanette Emoji Emoji Emoji

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tracey Harris and Shirley Nanette at Billy Webb Elks Lodge 08 23 2015with Dan Gaynor, Ed Bennett, Timothy Rap

Tracey Harris and Shirley Nanette at Billy Webb Elks Lodge 08 23 2015 with Dan Gaynor, Ed Bennett, Timothy Rap






Tracey Harris and Shirley Nanette at Billy Webb Elks Lodge 08 23 2015 with Dan Gaynor, Ed Bennett, Timothy Rap

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Schedule

Hi Dear Fans ~ Emoji 
 
Well it's here Summer  Hooray !
You all know it's my favorite time of the year...
I hope you are all are in Great Health & doing well.
My computer has been out of wack, but is fine now...
as for me I am feeling pretty good & my check-ups have
been Great... Thank God...  So I have some gigs for you
and hope to see you there... sorry I'm late.
 
Well here goes:
 
June 27, 2015
The Benson Hotel
309 S.W. Broadway St. & Oak St.
8:30pm- 12am
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
 
June 28, 2015
Billy Webb Elks Lodge
6 N. Tillamook St. & Williams Ave.
6pm-9pm
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
Dennis Caiazza - on Bass
Tim Rap - on Drums
 
July 12, 2015
Billy Webb Elks Lodge
6 N. Tillamook St. & Williams Ave.
6pm-9pm
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
Ed Bennett - on Bass
Tim Rap - on Drums
 
July 19, 26, 2015
Billy Webb Elks Lodge ( Jazz Jam )
6 N. Tillamook St. & Williams Ave.
w/ Vinces Frates - on Piano
Ed Bennett - on Bass
Tim Rap - on Drums
 
July 25, 2015
The Benson Hotel
309 S.W. Broadway St. & Oak St.
8:30pm-12am
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
 
August 9, 2015
Billy Webb Elks Lodge
6 N. Tillamook St. & Williams Ave.
6pm-9pm
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
Ed Bennett - on Bass
Tim Rap - on Drums
 
August 15, 2015
The Benson Hotel
309 S.W. Broadway St. & Oak St.
8:30pm-12am
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
 
August 16,23, 2015 ( Jazz Jam ) / Note: Shirley's B-day Aug. 22...
Billy Webb Elks Lodge
6 N. Tillamook St. & Williams Ave.
6pm-9pm
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano (Aug. 16, 2015)
Dan Gaynor - on Piano ( Aug. 23,2015)
Ed Bennett - on Bass
Tim Rap - on Drums
 
Well My Fans that's it for now, but as more gigs arise
I will be sure to inform you.
Thanks again for all of your Support through out the years...
I  Sincerely Appreciate You very much. Have a Great & Safe
Summer.
 
God Bless.
 


warmest regards
Shirley Nanette Emoji Emoji Emoji

Monday, May 18, 2015

Events into August 2015

May 17 2015
Billy Webb's Elks Lodge
6 N. Tillamook St. / corner of N. Williams Ave.
6pm-9pm
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
Bill Athens - on Bass
Tim Rap - on Drums
 
May 30 2015
Heathman Hotel
1001 S.W. Broadway & Salmon St.
7pm-11pm
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
Bill Athens - on Bass 
Tim Rap - on Drums
 
May 31 2015
Augustana Lutheran Church
N.E. 14th Ave. & Knott St.
6pm-7pm
w/ George Mitchell - on Piano
Kevin Deitz - on Bass
Ron Steen - on Drums
 
June 7, 21 2015
Augustana Lutheran Church
N.E. 14th Ave. & Knott St.
6pm-7pm
w/George Mitchell - on Piano
Kevin Deitz - on Bass
Ron Steen - on Drums
 
June 27 2015
Benson Hotel
w/Vince Frates - on Piano
 
Benson Hotel
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
 
Benson Hotel
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano

warmest regards
Shirley Nanette Emoji Emoji Emoji

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Empower The Dream

Empower The Dream
February 15, 2015 2pm



Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church
3138 N. Vancouver Ave.

Featuring Dr. Bernice King 
(Dr. Martin Luther King's Daughter)
w/ musicial selections from local choirs & selected Guest.

Tickets: Adults $20.00 / Teens & Children $6.00

Friday, February 6, 2015

Upcoming performances February to May (so far)

February 7, 2015
Halibuts
2626 N.E. Alberta St.
8pm-11pm
w/ Weber Iago - on Piano

February 15, 2015
Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church
2pm
3138 N. Vancouver Ave.
Empower The Dream
Featuring Dr. Bernice King ( Dr. Martin Luther King's Daughter )
w/ musicial selections from local choirs and selected guest.
Tickets: Adults $20.00 / Teens & Children $6.00

Mar. 7, 2015
Benson Hotel
309 S.W Broadway & Oak St.
8:30pm-12am
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano

April 22, 29, 2015
Heathman Hotel
1001 S.W. Broadway & Salmon St.
7pm-11pm
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano

April 25, 2015
Benson Hotel
309 S.W. Broadway & Oak St.
8:30pm-12am
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano

May 30, 2015
Heathman Hotel
1001 S.W. Broadway & Salmon St.
7pm-11pm
w/ Dan Gaynor - on Piano, Bill Athens - on Bass

Warmest regards,

Shirley Nanette

Monday, September 15, 2014

October November December Performance Dates

Hi ~ Emoji
Here are the dates I have for October, November & December...

 
Oct. 17, 2014
The Bijou Café
132 S.W 3rd & Pine Ave.
7pm-10pm
w/ Steve Christofferson - on Piano
Ed Bennett - on Bass
 
Oct. 31, 2014
The Benson Hotel
309 S.W. Broadway & Oak St.
8:30pm-12am
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
 
Nov. 8, 2014
Meridian United Church Of Christ ( Frog Pond Church )
6750 S.W Boeckman Rd.
Wilsonville, OR
8pm-9:30pm
w/ Ron Steen - on Drums
Phil Goldberg - on Piano
Dennis Caiazza - on Bass
 
Nov. 29, 2014
The Heathman Hotel
1001 S.W. Broadway & Salmon St.
7pm-11pm
w/ Guest Pianist
Bill Athens - on Bass
 
Dec. 6, 2014
Big Horn Brass
Milwaukie High School Auditorium
11300 S.E. 23rd Ave.
7pm
 
Dec. 13, 2014
Big Horn Brass
Location TBA soon
Vancover, Wash.
7pm
 
Dec. 14, 2014
Big Horn Brass
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
10390 S.W. Canyon RD
Beaverton, OR
6:30pm
 
Dec. 31, 2014
Jimmy Mak's
221 S. W. 10th Ave. ( between Davis & Everett St. )
7:30pm- 9pm... break... then ? - 12am
w/ Mel Brown - on Drums
Louis Pain - on Organ
Dan Balmer - on Guitar
Renato Caranto - on Tenor Sax
Curtis Craft - on Percussion
Pianist TBA
 
 
again I will get to you asap also the location of the gig w/ BHB in Vancover...
Thanks Shawn for all you have done for me, it's truly
appreciated.
 
God Bless
warmest regards
Shirley Nanette Emoji Emoji Emoji

Monday, July 14, 2014

2014 Summer Performances

Hi Fans ~ 
Happy Summer To All Of You !!!
I have been waiting seems like forever, for Summer to get here...
and now my waiting is over... Hooray !

Sorry I got a little carried away...  I'm o.k. now...
I hope you are all well and enjoying life, I'm feeling much better
Thank God... and Thank All of You for letting me know that you
cared about me... last year was a very challenging and scary time
in my life. But by the Grace of God I'm still here & singing... It's
been a little slow, but I have Faith that it will get better.
So I have some dates that I hope you will be able to come to... so
without further ado... here we go:

July 19, 2014
The Heathman Hotel
1001 S.W. Broadway St.
8pm - 12am
w/ Vince Frates on Piano
Bill Athens - on Bass

July 24, 2014
Jack Quinby Orchestra
6:30pm - 10:30pm
Newberg Old Fashion Festival
Memorial Park ( Main Stage )
4th & Blaine St.
Newberg, OR

July 26, 2014
The Benson Hotel
309 S.W. Broadway St.
8:30pm - 11:30pm
w/ Ezra Weiss - on Piano

July 29, 2014
Jack Quinby Orchestra
6:30pm-8:45pm
Tunes on Tuesday Concert Series
Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan St.
Newberg, OR

August 9, 2014
The Heathman Hotel
1001 S.W. Broadway St.
8pm - 12am
w/ Vince Frates - on Piano
Bill Athens - on Bass

August 11, 2014
Washington Park 
w/ Ural Thomas & The Pain
5pm - 7pm

Well folks that's it for now, but I will be sending you more soon...
Thank You all for your support & being there for me,
it is Greatly Appreciated. I hope to see you soon God Willing.
Be safe in these Summer Days... and Art Abrams says
Keep A Song In Your Heart... God Bless.

warmest regards
Shirley Nanette   

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Performances - May and June.

Shirley Nanette's website.

May 16, 2014
The Bijou Café
S.W. 3rd & Pine St.
7pm-10pm
w/ Vince Frates on - Piano
Ed Bennett on - Bass
Great Organic Food

May 24, 2014
The Benson Hotel
S.W. Broadway & Oak St.
8:30pm-12am
w/ Vince Frates on - Piano

June 21, 2014
The Heathman Hotel
S.W. Broadway & Salmon St.
8pm-12am
w/ Vince Frates on - Piano
Bill Athens on - Bass

June 28, 2014
The Benson Hotel
S.W. Broadway & Oak St.
8:30pm-12am
w/ Vince Frates on - Piano

warmest regards
Shirley Nanette

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Doug Fir and Soul'd Out Music Festival present URAL THOMAS & THE PAIN ANCIENT HEAT, REV. SHINES with SHIRLEY NANETTE April, 17th, 2014

Doug Fir and Soul'd Out Music Festival present
URAL THOMAS & THE PAIN with SHIRLEY NANETTE
April, 17th, 2014Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm$15.00 - $18.00

Ural Thomas is, and forever will be Portland's pillar of soul.
He started singing beneath his mothers knee in church at the age of 3. By high school he led the doo-wop group the Mono Rays, breaking hearts and taking names at Jefferson High and Irvington Park along the way. Ural's voice and songwriting soon gained national attention and he found himself sharing the stage with the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding, Johnny Guitar Watson and “Little” Stevie Wonder. He played the Apollo 44 times. He backed the Northwest's biggest soul and garage outfits of the1960s (The Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Cavaliers Unlimited) and he never for a moment stopped teaching, singing and loving soul music..
Now Ural is poised to represent Portland on equal ground with contemporaries like Lee Fields, Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, all of whom ultimately gained their dues in their golden years. To ensure the legacy he's backed by a 9 piece band comprised of the some of the most recognizable session and solo players in town. Band leader/drummer Scott Magee (aka Cooky Parker) has arranged a setlist compiled from the gilded age of soul and R&B and Ural originals, all with a sharp focus on moving the dance floor. The foot stomping days of Jump Town, USA have returned and Ural Thomas & the Pain are here to lead the way.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shirley Nanette Gets Her Overdue Due

Give and Take 

Shirley Nanette Gets Her Overdue Due

SHIRLEY NANETTE A Portland icon.
SHIRLEY NANETTE A Portland icon.


THE LIFE of any musician is filled with moments that could have sent her career down a completely different path. For Shirley Nanette, it was the recording of Never Coming Back in 1973.
The 66-year-old singer is now a well-established icon of the Portland jazz community, performing regular club gigs throughout the city. But back in the late '60s and early '70s, the goal was to stake her claim as the next big thing in soul and R&B, with a collection of loose, funky tunes that spoke of the power of love and equality.
Alas, it was not to be. Attempts to get the sessions released by one of the major labels of the day came to naught, and the 500 privately pressed albums that Nanette and her husband Al made left her with boxes of vinyl in her basement.
While she isn't hurting for work or recognition these days, Nanette is reclaiming at least a small part of her previous musical life with the help of Truth & Soul Records. The Brooklyn-based label reissued Never Coming Back last month, with lovers of rare groove and historians of '70s soul singing its praises at long last.
"I worked really hard on that album," Nanette says. "It's amazing to me that after 40 years, all of a sudden, there's this huge interest in this LP."
The return of Never Coming Back actually involves the other part of the US hipster-city triumvirate, Austin, Texas, and one of its longtime residents, David Haffner. The owner of the Friends of Sound record store and licensing company Magnetic Recordings stumbled upon a copy of the album while crate digging in Fort Worth.
"I found it in the 'gospel' section," Haffner says. "I looked on the back and recognized a couple of the names on it, like Billy Larkin. I figured out quickly it wasn't really a gospel record, and after I gave it a listen, I was pretty blown away." Haffner found kindred spirits in the folks at Truth & Soul, who agreed to fund the reissue.
Even for its time, Never Coming Back feels rough around the edges—likely due to the fact that the recording session at Vancouver, Washington's Ripcord Studio was so short.
"We had one day," Nanette says. "One day! It didn't turn out too bad, though. But if we'd have had at least a week, it would have been so polished, it would have been incredible."
What the songs lack in sonic depth, they make up for in power. The Meters-style workout of "All of Your Life" and the smoothly horn-inflected "Sometimes" are spirited, joyous tunes, driven by guitarist Hank Swarn's supple playing and the occasional flash of the horn section (including future Grammy winner Thara Memory). Of course, the strength of the album is Nanette. She's not a showy vocalist, but uses the clean, placid tones of her instrument expertly, mixing the jazzy inflections of Dinah Washington with the soulfulness of Gladys Knight.
Emboldened by her work, Nanette and her husband took a trip to California in 1973 to shop the album around and hopefully get a nationwide release. But, as she remembers, "It wasn't what anyone wanted to hear at the time. Jazz was really, really popular, so more pop and middle-of-the-road stuff was harder to get out there."
As dismaying as it was, Nanette didn't let it slow her down. She kept singing in various soul bands through the '70s before drifting toward the jazz scene in Portland, where she has been a fixture ever since. It may not have made her a household name, but to talk with her, she never gives the impression that she has any regrets about twists or turns her life has taken. That even goes for the brain aneurysm that she suffered last year.
"I'm a walking, talking, singing miracle," Nanette says. "They found, they fixed, and so... here I am.”
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Groundbreaking Television: The Nat King Cole Show



"We proved that a Black star could play host to whites, including women, and we proved it in such good taste that no one was offended," Nat King Cole wrote in a February 1958 article for Ebony magazine.

"I didn't bend over backwards, but I didn't go out of my way to offend anyone." Nat King Cole was writing about "The Nat King Cole Show," the first network TV program hosted by an African-American.

When the groundbreaking program premiered on Nov. 5, 1956 as a 15 minute variety show, Cole - renowned for his smooth and well-articulated vocal style - was one of the highest paid blacks in the nation and one of the most successful entertainers in the world.

"The Nat King Cole Show" would become a defining moment for Cole - and for America - as racial tensions intensified during the start of the civil rights movement. "I was the pioneer, the test case, the Black first," he wrote. "I didn't plan it that way, but it was obvious to anyone with eyes to see that I was the only Black man or woman on network television with his own show. On my show rode the hopes and fears and dreams of millions of people."

Nat King Cole originally signed a contract with CBS in 1956, but the promise of his own program never materialized on that network, according to published
reports. Later in the year, NBC reached an agreement with Cole's manager and agency, who packaged "The Nat King Cole Show."

The first broadcast aired without
commercial sponsorship; NBC agreed to pay for the program with the hope that advertisers would soon sign on. The network even expanded it to 30 minutes and increased its budget.

"The Nat King Cole Show" featured excellent musical performances, with orchestra leaders Nelson Riddle and Gordan Jenkins and guests that included Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Pearl Bailey, Mahailia Jackson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett and Harry Belafonte. But potential advertisers were reluctant to embrace the show for fear that it would be boycotted by radical, racist white Southerners.

"The Nat King Cole Show" was cancelled by NBC after Cole refused to accept a less desirable time slot - and after he had grown disgusted by the racism in the advertising business. "Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark " said Mr. Cole.

The program's last episode aired on Dec. 17, 1957. Cole spoke out in Ebony two months later. The name of the article: "Why I Quit My TV Show." "For 13 months, I was the Jackie Robinson of television," Cole wrote. "After a trail-blazing year that shattered all the old bug-a-boos about Blacks on TV, I found myself standing there with the bat on my shoulder. The men who dictate what Americans see and hear didn't want to play ball."