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“Crabbe’s Ella Fitzgerald –like voice glows…” Down Beat Magazine.
Once the opening act for Abby Lincoln, Shirley has recorded with great jazz artists Houston Person, Donald Vega and others. Her onstage performances include dates with Donald Vega, David Budway, Ron Blake, David Glasser, Brandon Lee, Matt Haviland, Cameron Brown, Jon Burr, Jim West and others. Venues include: Jazz at Kitano, Lenox Lounge, Birdland and the Metropolitan Room, to name a few. In 2011 she released her debut CD HOME featuring, jazz giant Houston Person. For the ensuing 26+ weeks (with 6 weeks “chart-bound”) the album remained on the Jazz Week Album Chart, the definitive jazz national radio chart that reports the top Jazz albums played each week on radio stations across the US. She is the 2010 Jazzmobile’s “Best of the Best” Jazz Vocalist Competition finalist, the 2009 County Executive Arts Award Winner and the Stanton Bronze Medalist of the 2008 American Traditions Vocal Competition. Stage productions include: Coming to the Mercy Seat, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Shirley holds music degrees from Northwestern University, Bienan School of Music and Manhattan School of Music.