The Ellington: my home turf

Here are some snaps from our recent show at our favourite Perth venue, The Ellington Jazz Club. I must say, I do think that it’s the best show we’ve ever performed there… the band was really vibing that night, and the audience response was just amazing. I’m glad that a couple of attendees took some snaps to save the memories! [pe2-gallery album=”” ]


WA’s Great South

Just recently, the band embarked on the scenic 5-hour drive to WA’s Great South to perform shows in the lovely towns of Albany and Denmark. Here’s a snap of me and guitarist Dom Barrett at the ABC South Coast studios, where we did an acoustic on-air performance.

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Later that day we performed at the beautiful Denmark Arts Markets. Such a lovely, relaxed atmosphere, with the audience all chilling out on the grassy river bank.

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“The Art of Soul” at Fringe Festival

Some snaps from our show “The Art of Soul” with visual artist Phil Doncon, held at Kulcha as part of Fringe Festival 2014.

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“Paint by Numbers” article in Western Suburbs Weekly 28/01/14

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 By Tanya McNaughton

The soulful sound of local songstress Shameem Taheri-Lee is certainly helping the 25-year-old make a name for herself.

Having grown up in Nedlands, the former St Hilda’s student released her self-titled debut album two years ago and has since supported international artist George Benson, Ronan Keating and Belinda Carlisle, toured Australia, the USA and Canada, plus had her single Turn It On used in the Kleenheat Gas advertising campaign.
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“Painting from the soul” article in The Post, 25/01/14

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By Sarah McNeill

Lots of artists paint to music, but few paint on stage to a live band.

Geraldton-based visual artist Phil Doncon has developed the art of painting huge canvases on stage accompanied by orchestras or bands. For the Fringe Festival he will join local soul singer Shameem Taheri-Lee on stage in The Art of Soul.
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“The Art of Soul” at Perth Fringe Festival 2014

Shameem is very excited to announce that she’ll again be joining forces with visual artist Phil Doncon to perform a special, unique show as part of Perth Fringe Festival on January 31st, 2014. “The Art of Soul” will explore the struggles and joys of the human journey through music and paint. Be prepared for an audio-visual feast!

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Phil Doncon has taken his unique performance painting all around Australia, performing with the most celebrated jazz musicians and classical orchestras. Shameem’s first show with Phil at The Ellington in April 2014 was a great hit, and they are now refining their performance to include more and bigger canvasses and more interplay between music and art. Tickets are now available here.


Kulcha show

Photos by Mark Wagenaar, except for the photo of the Fremantle Gazette article.

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Beaufort Street Festival

Snaps from a fun and scorching hot set at Beaufort Street Festival 2013!

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Supporting George Benson!

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I think if someone asked me, “What’s the best gig of your life so far?” I would have to say that this one takes the cake! What an honour to be the support act for someone who is not just an international music sensation, but a great musician with great longevity and someone whose work I personally admire and whose music I would count among my influences.
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Supporting George Benson

Shameem is thrilled to announce that she will be supporting Jazz/ R&B icon George Benson‘s show in Perth on Saturday 24th August.

Since becoming a global phenomenon in 1976 with Breezin’ (the first Jazz album to reach #1 on the Pop charts and achieve Platinum status), George has been honoured with ten Grammy Awards and is acknowledged as a Jazz Master (America’s National Endowment for the Arts highest accolade).

This show is almost sold out; the last tickets are available here. George Benson’s show is presented by Mellen Events.