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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Jazz Vocalist extraordinaire, artist and teacher Betty Shirley has come full circle in her life and is now reaping the benefits of her hard-earned endeavors. The Times Picayune declares “…her range and command of the stage make Shirley’s a voice that should be heard round the world.”

Blessed with all the range and tonal control one might expect from a first-class Jazz singer, Shirley can scat, propel, coax and hang on to a note. She improvises with unerring instincts and delivers exactly what a song needs, spinning notes like silk. Michael ‘Mr. Jazz’ Gourrier (of WRIR-FM, Richmond Virginia) says about Betty, “One of the top female vocalists on the New Orleans scene. sensitive, sassy, coy and a great interpreter.” ...
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What they are saying...

“… rich, husky voice can take on the melodic meandering of Billie Holiday or the passionate power of a Sarah Vaughn” - Lagniappe, The Times Picayune

“One of the top female vocalists on the New Orleans scene “ sensitive, sassy, coy and a great interpreter.” -Michael ‘Mr. Jazz’ Gourrier of WRIR-FM, Richmond Virginia

“… Her songs are alive, mixing vocalizing, talking and scanting into a wonderful blend of colors…” - Notes from the Apple By Lucy Galliher, Musician and former East Coast Editor - Jazz Now Magazine

“…her range and command of the stage make Shirley’s a voice that should be heard round the world’ - Lagniappe, The Times Picayune

“If the festival had a surprise artist, it’s Shirley. With her stunningly beautiful honey toned voice, she offered a glowing set of smooth straight-ahead jazz” - Clearwater Times

As a Leader

Close Your Eyes
2007
Personnel: Betty Shirley: vocals
Richard Moten: bass #1-14; Kirk Branch: piano #3-6, 8, 10-14; Karl Budo: drums #3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12; Wayne Mereau: drums #1, 2, 7, 9; Chuck Chaplan: piano #1, 2, 7, 9; Percy Williams: percussion #1, 2, 7, 9; Matthew Freaky: guitar # 1, 2, 7, 9; Herman LeBeaux: drums #11, 13, 14


Betty Shirley Sings (with the Chuck Chaplin Trio
2002
Personnel: Betty Shirley: vocals with The Chuck Chaplin Trio


Unveiled
1995
Personnel: Betty Shirley: vocals
Lawrence Sieberth: piano, synthesizer; John Vidacovich: percussion; Bill Huntington: bass
Guest Artists:
Eric Taub: sax #1, 3, 4, 9, 12; Jamil Sharif: trumpet #1, 4, 10; Steve Masakowski: guitar #5, 8; Matt Perrine: tuba #4; Mark Mullins: trombone #4; Wendell Tilly: slide guitar #5; guitar #12; Hector Gallardo: percussion #8

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Featured recording “Close Your Eyes”

Close Your Eyes
Self Produced (2007)

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