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Shirley Nanette
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 05 June 2023

Three Portland-area jazz singers – Shirley Nanette, Nancy King, and Rebecca Kilgore – will raise their voices in a three-set concert on Saturday, June 10, at Alberta Abbey at 126 NE Alberta Street, Portland with proceeds going to help fund the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival 2023. A trio of local musicians, including pianist Steve Christofferson, bassist Tom Wakeling, and drummer Charlie Doggett, will accompany each of the singers.

The concert starts at 7 p.m., with each set lasting one hour. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/jso-honors-hall-of-fame-voices-tickets-637589466257, general admission is $25, a VIP ticket is $40 and includes dinner.

Hall of Famers

All three singers have previously been inducted into the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall of Fame, Nanette in 2013, Kilgore in 2003, King in 2001.  For the past nine years, the Jazz Society of Oregon has organized the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, this year being held July 14-16. 

Nanette has been singing since the age of seven and originally aspired to be an opera singer, but was soon drawn to jazz. She began performing in Portland-area clubs and theaters in the 1960s, and soon became a regular guest soloist with orchestras around the country. She has been the opening act for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Billy Eckstine, Diane Schuur, Lou Rawls, Eddie Harris, among others.

Dubbed “the greatest living jazz singer” by guitarist Herb Ellis, King left Springfield Oregon to begin her career in the Bay Area, where she collaborated with pianist Vince Guaraldi and fellow singer Jon Hendricks. An improvisational singer in the tradition of Betty Carter and Ella Fitzgerald, she has performed around the world. In 2013 King was awarded the Jazz Master Award by the Portland Jazz Festival.

About the Jazz Society of Oregon

The JSO is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the local jazz scene in Portland and the rest of Oregon. The Society supports jazz education and local charities, and works to foster a greater appreciation of jazz while also promoting diversity and inclusion.

For more information, go to the Jazz Society of Oregon’s website.

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