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Jazz maestro is among the world’s finest

Ian Shaw. Photo: Tim Francis ANL-160415-135812001
Ian Shaw. Photo: Tim Francis ANL-160415-135812001

Two-time winner of Best Jazz Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards, Ian Shaw is widely regarded to be one of the greatest male jazz vocalists in the world.

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, and he is still renowned for his ability to weave storytelling and comedy into his


Shaw was spotted by Dave Illic, jazz critic for City Limits and who described him 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.

Now with more than a dozen albums to his name, Shaw is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz

singers that the UK has produced.

He is also a talented pianist, song writer and record producer, with exquisite interpretations of popular classics and accomplished original material.

He is much in demand as the featured soloist with big bands and orchestras both in the UK and abroad.

His long career has seen stand-out collaborations with artists from Van Morrison to Nigel Kennedy, Kurt Elling and Pete Townsend, along with tours that have taken him to the US, Canada and most recently Australia for his 2015 debut.

Ian performs regularly at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and has done so since the early 90s when he was encouraged as a jazz singer by

Ronnie Scott himself.

He has been hosting The Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show on Jazz FM since 2012.

His knowledgeable, witty and engaging style brings interviews, special moments and live recordings as he takes you backstage at the world famous jazz club.

Shaw’s new album The Theory of Joy sees him at his best as both a singer and musician.

Produced by Claire Martin, The Theory Of Joy includes innovative takes on songs by the likes of David Bowie, Lionel Bart and his musical heroine Joni Mitchell, along with three newly written tracks.

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