Sunday, December 7, 2008

Shirley Nanette, Tony Pacini, Ed Bennet, Mel Brown, Oregon Art Beat Equals Music

Well we, the audience and singer Shirley Nanette, and drummer Mel Brown, and bassist Ed Bennett and Pianist Tony Pacini and OPB's Oregon Art Beat had very good night indeed at Jimmy Maks in Portland.

The creative juices were flowing and the music reflected some original work this night. Many songs and so little tape. We can all look forward to the story that will air on "Oregon Art Beat" in the coming months.

There was a duet with Tony Pacini and one with Ed Bennett in which Shirley works without a microphone while some adjustments are being made. It would be remarkable for the sheer force of singing strength alone, but it is also creative work by Shirley and Ed.

Oregon Art Beat videographers were capturing the action and this recording will comprise a component in the segment to be broadcast on the program in future months. They also visited a performance at Augustana Lutheran Church.

Here's a list of what came from the show on November 26, 2008:

"It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
"Almost Like Being In Love"
"More Than You Know"
"Cheek To Cheek"

Here's "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"
A higher quality version is available at You Tube's site (look for the words under the right of the video window). Videographer, Greg Bond, with Oregon Art Beat is holding the real camera in the embedded video on this page.

It and can be seen at You Tube (

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Art Beat / Jimmy Maks / CD Baby


221 NW 10th Ave. (between Davis and Everett) 503-295-6542

Look for Shirley's 2 Albums on CD Baby by the 1st of 2009 if not sooner.
Check here for updates!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Shirley Nanette November Dates

Happy Autumn ~

Just a note to let you all know what's coming up next for me in the coming month, and an Event that's happening this weekend. I hope you are all doing well and are in the best of health. I know this is a rough time for many, and just know that it will get better in time. Anyhow I think I'd better give you the dates, so here goes :

November 1, 2008
The Bolton Brothers Live in Concert
Vancover Ave. Baptist Church
3138 N. Vancover Ave.
( I will be singing w/ the Choir)
They are so good don't miss this
if you can. They are from Hattiesburg, Miss.

November 8, 2008
Wilf's @ Union Station
800 N.W. 6th Ave.
(503) 223-0070
w/ Vince Frates on - Piano
Dennis Caiazza on - Bass
8pm - 12am

November 9, 30, 2008
Augustana Lutheran Church
2710 N.E. 14th Ave. (and Knott St.)
6pm - 7pm
w/ George Mitchell on - Piano
Kevin Deitz on Bass
Ron Stee on _ Drums

November 26, 2008
Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Ave.
(503) 295-6542
OPB Filming for Oregon Art Beat
w/ Mel Brown Quartet
7pm ( for more Info. Please call Jimmy

As always should there be more dates I will be sure to let you all know asap.
I do hope you can make it to any of the events, as I would Love to see you there.

Thanks again for your continued support.
God Bless You all.

warm regards
Shirley Nanette

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Shirley, Oregon Art Beat and You November 26, 2008 Jimmy Maks

OPB's "Oregon Art Beat" will be filming the final segment of Shirley for a story they are working on. When it is scheduled for broadcast, we will let you know here, or at Shirley Nanette's web site ( or at Art Beat's web site. (

Come down and be part of the audience and you will be part of Art Beat's video capture of Shirley Nanette. Don't miss it.

You can find out about this show at Jimmy Maks web site (

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

August and September Performances

Happy Summer

I know I'm a little late with my gig notices this month, and I hope you will forgive the delay. I hope your Summer is going extremely well and you are all in good health. I am feeling better now and look forward to working more. Anyhow here are the dates I have for August, some of them are past so I will give you the ones I have left for this month.

August 5, 2008
Washington Park
w/ Jim Beatty Band

August 9, 2008
The Heathman
S.W. Broadway (Downtown )
w/ Vince Frates on - Piano
Bill Athens on - Bass

August 12, 2008
Sunriver Music Festival
w/ Symphony
Conducted by - Frank Dilerberto
Tower Theatre
Bend, Oregon

August 17, 2008
Mary S. Young Park
West Linn, Oregon
w/ Jim Beatty Band
Festival In The Trees

August 22,2008
My Birthday !!!

August 30, 2008
2525 N.E. Alberta St.
w/ Brian Ward on - Piano
Dennis Caiazza on - Bass
Great Food !

August 31, 2008
Augustana Lutheran Church
2710 N.E. 14th Ave.
w/ George Mitchell on - Piano
Kevin Deitz on - Bass
Ron Steen on - Drums

September 6, 2008
Wilf's @ Union Station
800 N.W. 6th Ave.
(503) 223-0070
w/ Vince Frates on - Piano
Dennis Caiazza on - Bass

September 7, 2008
Augustana Lutheran Church
2710 N.E. 14th Ave.
w/ George Mitchell on - Piano
Kevin Deitz on - Bass
Ron Steen on- Drums

Well my dear Fans that's it for now, should more dates appear I will be sure to e-mail you the Info. . Thank you all for warm & caring support. Hope to see you soon. God Bless you all.

warmest regards
Shirley Nanette

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Shirley Nanette CD Release Party "Starting Here, Starting Now"

Shirley Nanette (Learn more now)

If you will, let me just use the promo copy written by Calvin Walker who is largely responsible for the production of this CD.

Many of you have heard Shirley Nanette ( and know that she is one of the best singers in the area. We have finally completed her new CD ‘Starting Here, Starting Now’ and the CD release party is July 13th at the Classical Chinese Garden from 7 PM-9:30 PM with the Tony Pacini Quartet featuring Mel Brown on drums, Frank Tribble on guitar, Ed Bennett on bass and of course the great Tony Pacini musical director and piano. Catering for VIP’s ($125.00 pledge drive package) by A Simple Elegance with a no-host bar. CD’s and DVD’s will be on sale. The garden is gorgeous as will be the concert.

Tickets are on sale online KMHD.FM, 503 491-7271, or at the box office at the Classical Chinese Garden.

Here are some photos taken the night of the recording by Shawn Kirkeby.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Oregon Art Beat filming at Augustana Lutheran Church April 20

Hello All ~

Just wanted to remind you that this coming Sunday I will be doing the Jazz Service @ Augustana Lutheran Church and Oregon Art Beat ( OPB)will be filming a segment on me there. I do hope you all can come and join me . Augustana has had a Jazz Service there for quite sometime and I am there frequently through-out the year, when the other vocalist ( Marilyn Keller) is not there. Anyhow the address is on N.E. 14th & Knott St. close to the Lloyd Center. It sits on the corner of 15th & Knott and the entrance is on 14th Ave. We will start @ 6pm-7pm. Hope to see you there. God Bless you all for you support.

warmest regards
Shirley Nanette

Thursday, April 10, 2008

April 2008 Schedule

Hello My Dear Fans ~

Hope all is well with you , and that your Easter was Wonder for you and your family, Easter eggs and all !
I didn't have much going on in March, but I'm sort of glad it wasn't as I had an awlful virus and had to go to the
ER for a couple of bags of fluid. But not to worry I'm feeling much better now, and hope you didn't get it.
For all of you that made Jimmy Mak's last month for my Live CD Recording, I just want to let you know how
much I appreciate you're being there, it meant so much to see you there, and oh so much fun !
For all of you who didn't make it (it was Sold - Out w/ standing room only all night) I wish there had been enough
room for you to come, it was a gasssss ! I can't wait for everything to be finished, Audio & Video.
I also have a new web site which was done for me by Mr. Shawn Kirkbey, Please go and check it out,
and Please leave me a message as to how you like it. It is . We are still working on it and adding
things to it. So drop on by the site and take a look.

Just wanted to keep you abreast of the things scheduled for the month of April, so here we go:

April 5, 2008
Wilf's @ Union Station
800 N.W. 6th & Irving St.
(503) 223-0070
8pm - 12am
w/ Dan Gaynor - on Piano
Bill Athens - on Bass

April 13, 20, 2008
Augustana Lutheran Church
2710 N.E. 14th Ave. & Knott St.
(503) 288-6174
6pm - 7pm
w/ George Mitchell - on Piano
Kevin Deitz - on Bass
Ron Steen - on Drums

Well that's it for now, but as always should there be more
dates I will surely e-mail you at once. God Bless you all and Thank you for all of your support.
Oh don't forget to get
your Taxes done early & good luck !

warmest regards
Shirley Nanette

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Shirley Nanette and John Stowell

Here is a brief collection of vocals. Enjoy. These were recorded with John Stowell in 2002.

Listen to Shirley

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Shirley Nanette CD Project at Jimmy Maks

Shirley Nanette and the Mel Brown Quartet.
Written by Shawn Kirkeby

The moon eclipse had just arrived out in front of Jimmy Maks to escort this event through the evening.

This is an event you'll want to continue to be part of. Shirley is making an album with KMHD and if you were there you are part of this show and CD. With a band like these gentlemen and a setting like Jimmy Mak's, it is sure to be a landmark event.

The CD that results should be fantastic. Visit Shirley Nanette's website for much more about this live show that was also a very rich recording session.

The above photo was taken at Jimmy Maks on Febrary 20, 2008.

Mel Brown Drums
Tony Pacini Piano
Brian Ward Piano
Ed Bennett Bass
Dan Balmer Guitar

Look to my blog and Shirley's web site and Jimmy Maks and KMHD for more about when this CD will be out.

I was in attendance and there was world class jazz being recorded. Shirley had a vision and was executing inlcuding not being shy about stopping the performance to start again to get the piece done right. The time was then with these musicians and the recorder running to make it perfect. I'm loooking very forward to the release of this project.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Saturday, February 2, 2008

February Performances. CD Recording Date at Jimmy Mak's on February 20!!!

Hello My Dear Fans ~

Yes I'm looking forward to the sunshine once again, and yes I'm rushing it ! I guess I'll just have to wait just like you do, but it's not because I want to. Anyhow thought I better let you all know where I'll be appearing this month, with of course the hope I'll see you there. I always look forward to seeing you come to my performances. Well here goes:

February3, 5, 2008
Augustana Lutheran Church
2710 N.E. 14th Ave. (& Knott St.)
w/ George Mitchell - on Piano
Kevin Deitz - on Bass
Ron Steen - on Drums

February 15, 2008
on N.E. Alberta St. (between 25 & 26)
w/ Tony Pacini -on Piano

February 20, 2008
221 N.W. 10th Ave.
503 295-6542
Live CD Recording
w/ The Mel Brown Sextet
for more information call Jimmy Mak's or KHMD
for reservations and or Dinner
start time 8pm
Doors open @ 7pm

February 23, 2008
Wilf's @ Union Station
800 N.W. 6th Ave.
503 223-0070
w/ Tony Pacini - on Piano
Bill Athens - on Bass

Well that's it for now, but I will inform you of any and all future appearances that should come up.
I'm very excited about the Live CD Event, KMHD is puting this on for me and I certaintly hope all of you can make this most Important Event. It should be a wonderful time. So until we met w/ music song and a lot of fun, may God Bless You all. Thank You for supporting me. Be Good to yourselves & each other.

warm regards
Shirley Nanette

P.S. I will have a website up and running very soon, so I'll be in touch shortly.