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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Projects, projects, projects…

BLOG ENTRY 15/11/10

So I’m in limbo right now… waiting to see if grants come through for WA tour (planned for February) and the songwriting trip to the UK (planned for May). Hate this waiting! I’ve decided that if I don’t get the funding for the WA tour, that I’ll cut the tour in half and make it a short one, mainly around the south-west of WA. But the UK trip… gee, I could really do with that funding!

I’ve never been one to dwell a lot on money, but unfortunately it’s the name of my game this year, if I want to do the things that I want to do! I’m now starting to brainstorm for a tour to Australia’s eastern states (think: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane)… and that I will DEFINITELY need funding for.

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Higher Ground

BLOG ENTRY 20/08/10

Egads! It’s been a long time since I’ve updated this space. Where have I been, you ask? Lying low after a few months of hectic gigging, that’s where!

Actually no, I lie. I’ve been doing a fair few commercial gigs – singing jazz standards at corporate functions, birthdays and the like. I had this one great gig where the band was free to help themselves to the cocktails being served, and there was a guy there shucking fresh oysters. Having not tried oysters since I was a kid, I decided to give it a whirl and thus discovered a new passion… mmmm, MUST get another gig where we get free oysters!! *sigh* I wish I didn’t have such expensive taste…
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Amazing Autumn!

It’s been a busy couple of months for this little chick singer! Gigs aplenty in various venues around Perth (and not all playing the same kind of music either!), a trip to South Australia to participate in the finals of the James Morrison “Generations in Jazz” Vocal Scholarship and also a trip to Geraldton to perform in a gorgeous seaside venue. Check out my blog for all the lowdown!

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…

Generations in Jazz

BLOG ENTRY 18/05/10

I’ve been away! Spent a weekend in Mt  Gambier participating in the finals for the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship. It was awesome to be back in Mt Gambier (having participated in last years’ finals too) and so amazing to meet the other finalists – all these talented young musicians not unlike myself, but so diverse at the same time. Sorry fans, no win, but I’m very happy to say that the competition was stiff and that the winner (one Kate Kelsey-Sugg) was very deserving. A highlight was being able to rub shoulders and play with such fantastic Australian musicians as Phil Stack (of Thirsty Merc), James Muller, Emma Pask, Graeme Lyall, The Idea of North and of course, the man himself, James Morrison. This guy is so generous – after a full weekend of adjudicating not only the finalists for the vocal AND instrumental scholarships, as well as adjudicating division one of the National Stage Band Competition; at our celebration dinner on the last night, instead of sitting back and enjoying the good food and wine, he takes all 12 finalists into an adjoining room, one by one, and gives us all individual feedback plus a chat about music and life in general. What a champ… it’s good to know that the big people still care about the little people.

Checking out Mt Gambier's famous Blue Lake.