PERTH singer/songwriter Shameem is not afraid to tackle social issues in her music.
Her recent single I Love You, But, is about gambling and the havoc it can wreak on lives.
Now she’s set to take to the stage at the Ellington Jazz Club for another good cause, Jazz Against Parkinson’s, raising funds to fight the debilitating disease.
Born in Australia to a Chinese-Malay dad and an Iranian mum, Shameem’s music has been compared to artists such as Alicia Key and Sade.
She’s a regular at the Ellington, but has played in huge stadiums around the world, supporting artists like Michael Bolton, George Benson, Ronan Keating and Belinda Carlisle.
On the night she’ll be backed by Harry Mitchell on keyboards, Dom Barrett on guitar, and Caleb Quartermaine on drums.
The Parkinson’s fundraiser has been organised by jazz bassist Pete Jeavons, whose father was diagnosed with the disease a few years ago.
He says he’s enlisted some of Perth’s best jazz musos for the show on December 12.
“Quite a few people in the jazz scene have been affected by Parkinson’s,” he notes.
A professional musician for more than 20 years, Jeavons is an in-demand bassist who has played with Hank Marvin, Michel Legrand, Mark Murphy and Karrin Allyson.
His quintet features long time friends and musical conspirators Jamie Oehlers (sax), Jeremy Greig (trombone), Tom O’Halloran (piano) and Daniel Susnjar (drums).
Another act on the lineup is The Gumnut Stompers, who for the last 30 years have been performing at shows and functions around Perth, and were special guests at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival.
“My group is modern; the Gumnuts are more traditional jazz and Shameem is more soul funk,” Jeavons says.
Jazz Against Parkinson’s is on Tuesday, December 12, 7pm, at the Ellington Jazz Club, Beaufort Street, Perth.
by JENNY D’ANGER