Shirlene (Zarin-taj) Brown began her career as a radio announcer for Public Radio WLGI (90.97 FM) in Hemingway, South Carolina, and has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music (Saginaw Valley State University). A professional, touring vocal artist, Zarin-taj (“Crown of Gold”) has collaborated with ensembles and pianists in varied musical styles in Europe, Asia, and the United States of America. Brown has performed with renowned jazz cellist Karen Patterson of New York City, the Motor City Samba of Detroit, and the Michigan Arts International Ensemble directed by Dr. Michael Naylor of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Brown’s participation with regional jazz combos includes the following collaborations: Jazz Nova Ensemble directed by Tony Rongo of Bay City, Michigan; Mainstreet of Midland, Michigan; Level 5 of Flint, Michigan; and also the Jazz combo Swing Shift under the direction of Kenneth Duquaine, Flint, Michigan. Brown is featured on several CD releases including John Ebata & Friends (1997), Opus #3 (2001), and her latest release, Simple Treasures (2007). She presently serves as the jazz singer / entertainer at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where she performs regularly at the Water Lily Lounge.
First held in 2004, Jazz on Jefferson is a collaborative event sponsored by the members of the South Jefferson Avenue Events and Marketing Committee. Member organizations include the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, Hoyt Public Library, Saginaw Choral Society, First Congregational Church, Neighborhood Renewal Services of Saginaw, Inc., Team One Credit Union, Kingdom Life Ministries, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, and South Jefferson Avenue residents. The evening marks the diversity, heritage, and vibrancy of these organizations and displays the architectural treasures of South Jefferson Avenue. June 5, 2013, is tentatively marked as the tenth anniversary celebration of Jazz on Jefferson.