Automobile Inferno Adventure

The flaming vehicle

So, my jazz trio were driving to Geraldton to play at the lovely beachside venue, L’Attitude 28. We’d decided to take Adam’s car, as it’s a nice roomy station wagon which easily fits a double bass and a PA system. Feeling pretty safe, as he had just driven his car back from a gig in Denmark the previous day with no complications. I don’t know why we didn’t read the signs as we took off from his place… the funny engine noises, the painfully slow acceleration. About 20 minutes from home, we noticed the smoke drifting out of the front bonnet *cue dramatic music*.
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All photos by Craig Chiswell.

WA tour – confirmed!

Regional WA Tour in February 2011 is confirmed!! Stay tuned to the Gigs page for more updates, but so far performances in Busselton, Margaret River, Geraldton and Port Denison have been confirmed, with more coming… Sponsored by the Department of Culture and the Arts WA.

Space Ship News article 21/11/10 – “Shameem Taheri-Lee plays the Ellington”

Shameem Taheri-Lee, dubbed Australia’s answer to Alicia Keys, is performing a landmark show in her young career at The Ellington Jazz Club at 6:30pm on Saturday December 5th.

2010 has been a busy year for this motivated young artist, who has been promoting her recently released EP “Universe for Afternoon Tea” in her home town of Perth, Australia. The first track of the recording, “Undertones”, was nominated for the 2010 WAM Song of the Year Awards.

“This performance is important because it is my last major gig before I set off to pursue some really important projects,” says the bubbly singer/ songwriter. “I have a lot of plans for 2011, such as touring Australia, recording my first full-length album and travelling to the UK to write with James Bryan, who co-wrote and produced Nelly Furtado’s recent #1 album.
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The West Australian article 19/11/10 – “Shameem farewell gig”

Young jazz-pop diva Shameem Taheri-Lee will perform her last major gig at the Ellington Jazz Club on December 5 before she dedicates 2011 to national touring, recording an album and jetting to the UK to write with Nelly Furtado collaborator James Byran.

The producer discovered Taheri-Lee’s music online and invited her to travel overseas to work with him.

The exotic songstress, who was born in Australia to a Chinese-Malaysian father and Iranian mother, also counts jazz trumpet virtuoso James Morrison among her fans.

“With Shameem, you’d have to be locked in a lead-lined room to miss this lady’s sparkle,” he said.
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Evening at the Ellington

The long-awaited early evening show at the Ellington is coming up fast… Enjoy Shameem’s delicious spread of smooth grooves while you chill out after a hot day with cool drinks and the Ellington’s fine tapas menu. As always, there will be funky originals, some more familiar tunes and some brand new music, straight off the press!

Please book your tables in advance to avoid disappointment! Tickets/ tables are available here.

Vocal Evolution and Tribute to Lena Horne

 BLOG ENTRY 15/06/10

So I’m on the tail-end of my run of gigs which started in mid-April… Two gigs with a bit of a difference flavoured up this long string of engagements.
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Late Night Groove at Ellington Jazz Club

 BLOG ENTRY 30/06/10

I’ve had a great string of interesting gigs since mid April, including a jazz gig to celebrate my birthday at the glorious Ellington Jazz Club – sold out show!! Since this fine jazz venue opened at the beginning of 2009, I’ve played there probably once every two months on average and had some great times performing a variety of music, including my original music, with some of Perth’s top musicians. I think the Ellington has brought something really valuable not only to the entertainment scene in Perth, but to the Australian jazz scene as a whole.
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L’Attitude 28 in Geraldton

 BLOG ENTRY 25/05/10

Had another pleasant trip with an “away gig” in Geraldton – a gorgeous seaside town 5 hours drive north of Perth. Played at a gorgeous venue overlooking the beach by the name of L’Attitude 28 (the name I believe is a reference to the latitude of the town). This was more of a jazz standard gig, though I did throw some original grooves in there, and the people of Geraldton showed us a warm welcome. Must thank Justin at the bar for that glorious mocktail… made a cold winters’ night into a balmy summers’ day, yum! Note to self: stay in Geraldton for a little longer next time…

Soulaverse at the Funk Club

BLOG ENTRY 08/05/10

What a packed and electric gig was the 3rd Soulaverse night at the Funk Club! I shared the stage with my mates The Accumulated Gestures who were launching their first single – these guys are like smooth D’Angelo meets the dirtiness of old school funk and soul, and they host a great party! And what is Soulaverse, you ask? Soulaverse is a collective of diverse groove-based artists in Perth, of which both The Accumulated Gestures and I are very proud to be members… in fact, the collective was largely initiated by Donovan, the lead singer of The AG’s. Among us there are bands, beat makers and emcees churning out a range of eclectic vibes ranging from neo-soul to hip hop to electro-funk. At the moment Soulaverse has a monthly residency at the Funk Club – do check these nights out, I guarantee there’ll be a different flavour every month!