Bar none, my best New Years Eve ever! We got gussied up and went down to Jimmy Mak’s, a longtime Portland jazz club in the Pearl District, and enjoyed seeing our friend, legendary jazz and soul singer Shirley Nanette, who I’ve known since I was a girl of 17, headline the show (and who blog readers might remember sang at our wedding), preceded by the fantastic Richard Arnold, backed by the legendary drummer Mel Brown and his fabulous musicians. We cocktailed (a little), we noshed (a bit), we sang along, we laughed, we cozied up, and we even danced a slow dance before the night was over. And an extra awesome bit? The phenomenally talented, Grammy-winning, Portland-raised Esperanza Spaldingstopped by at the end!