Ian Shaw - vocals and piano
Phil Ware - piano
Dave Redmond - double bass
Kevin Brady - drums
Guy Barker – trumpet
BBC Award-winning vocalist, IAN SHAW, returns to the club that played an enormous part in launching his jazz singing career twenty years ago (Ronnie Scott was a big Shaw fan and indeed put together a list of songs from his childhood years for an album "The Echo Of A Song"). Hereturns for four shows with the firebrand Dublin-based THE PHIL WARE TRIO, with the hugely popular trumpeter, GUY BARKER as his special guest. The evening promises to be a powerful and entertaining musical journey, from Cole Porter through Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and Bacharach to some burning brand new arrangements of classic songs.Also, expect exclusive band arrangements of songs from Shaw's brand new album release A GHOST IN EVERY BAR, The Lyrics Of Fran Landesman.
"one of the UK's most honest and musical jazz vocalists" (Guardian)
"the gifted, technically awesome and theatrically witty singer puts his improvisational skill and gambler's instinct to work on everything" (Guardian)
“Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. An incredibly colourful character, he has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world's finest male jazz vocalists.
In the summer of 2010 Shaw joined an historical legacy of artists and recorded his first Abbey Road studio album. Using a personal blueprint connection in the shape of legendary bassist Peter Ind, Shaw and his young guitarist collaborator, David Preston, assembled a stellar, international, cross-generational band resulting in a recording that led Jamie Cullum to say "the incomparable Ian Shaw… absolutely fantastic" and reflects Shaw's position as one of the world's leading jazz singers.
His acclaimed 2006 album “Drawn to All Things - the songs of Joni Mitchell” saw him “Praised far and wide as the single greatest male jazz vocalist Britain has to offer” by Jazz Times. This was followed in 2008 by the autobiographical collection co-penned with David Preston, "Lifejacket", also on Linn Records. In 2009 Shaw recorded his long-awaited solo album, “Somewhere Towards Love” (Splash Point Records) which continues to represent beautifully his increasingly popular solo shows.
Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. Shaw was spotted by Dave Illic, jazz critic for City Limits and was described as “the voice of the decade”.
During the next few years Shaw moved from the singer-pianist format to working with his new band to an eventual move into jazz. Shaw has toured extensively in the UK - regular venues include the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls, Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, the Jazz Café and The Barbican. Ian has played at all of the major jazz festivals in the UK including Cork, Brecon, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh (where he was nominated for a Perrier Award), Grimsby, Glasgow, Cheltenham, Scarborough, Swanage and St. Ives.
In Europe he has proved popular in France, Germany and Italy with numerous live appearances. He has also performed regularly in the States including Jazz at the Lincoln Center (New York), Cine Grill (Hollywood), the Fairmont (Chicago), The Nest i(Washington DC), Fez Club (New York), the Ellington Church (New York), the Pasadena Auditorium (California), the Miami Film and Music Festival and the Arizona Jazz Party. He has also performed at the Hanoi Opera House and Ho Chi Minh City Opera in Vietnam.
His appearances on TV include guest slots with Jools Holland, Top of the Pops, The Jack Dee Show, Christmas Night with the Stars (BBC), C4’s The Happening, TVAM, BBC Breakfast Show, BBC 2’s A Night of Love, BBC 2’s Jazz at the 606 and, more recently, numerous appearances on the Performance and Artsworld channels.
Collaborators over the years have been many and include Quincy Jones, Abudullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Mornington Lockett, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano and Joe Beck. Shaw’s ongoing and highly popular collaboration is a celebrated duet show with Claire Martin, the UK’s finest female jazz singer - he guested on her 2002 album “Too Darn Hot!” (Linn AKD 243). Together they have toured the world in an intimate duo setting with Shaw playing piano and with the BBC Big Band. They co-hosted the 2004 BBC Jazz Awards.
Shaw was, for some time, the presenter on BBC Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 and is also a regular on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 and the recently revamped JazzFM. He can also be heard on the new Ronnie Scott's radio show streamed through their website.
This year, 2011, Shaw has joined Rory Bremner and comedian Hattie Hayridge on a UK stand-up tour where Shaw has firmly returned to his roots by performing a mix of comedy and original songs.
One of his recent songs, "Somewhere Towards Love", has been a radio favourite, chosen by both style icon, Molly Parkin, on her Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4) and by fellow performer Julian Clary on the Jules Holland Show (BBC Radio 2).
Shaw's 2008 album on Linn Records "Lifejacket" cements his growing reputation as a fine song-writer as well as a great jazz singer.