"Best Vocalist" WINNER 2007 & 2004
BBC Jazz Awards
"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.
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.
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. He recently presented Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 which features the BBC Big Band.
Shaw is a regular on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 and his new album "Lifejacket" looks set to both cement his reputation as a great jazz singer as well as reinforce his reputation as a fine song-writer.
For further information -
Charlotte Keech at Viva Voce
17 Macroom Road, London, W9 3HY
Tel: +44 (0)20 8960 0315
Fax:, +44 (0)20 7912 1802
... so musically talented that hearing them verges on the sublimemore >>
...The delivery was charming, the vocals outstandingmore >>StereoMojo
"Lifejacket is an intelligent and sophisticated collection of stories..."more >>EDP24
There are singers - and then there are singersmore >>Hi-Fi i Muzyka
Record of the Year in the Jazz Vocal categorymore >>Hi-Fi Magazine
Album of the Year 2008!more >>Coda
Establishes him also as a gifted songwriter.more >>Jazz Times
If "Lifejacket" doesn't end up at or very near the top of this year's jazz vocal roster, I'll eat my iPod.more >>Atlantic Audio Society
Ian Shaw's first collection of self-penned songs, makes an indelible impressionmore >>The Vortex Website
The focus is firmly and deservedly on Shaw's considerable gift for lyric writing and his own versatile, unmistakable voice. Strongly recommended.more >>BBC Website
He's moved from Canada to Camden and he's laying his own life bare.more >>Observer Music Monthly
A reminder of what an important talent he is.more >>The Scotsman
The (Joni) Mitchell influence is palpable on the songwritingmore >>Time Out
Shaw is both entertaining and endearing on these self-deprecating Soho stories.more >>The Times
Sophisticated story-songs penned by Shaw.more >>Yorkshire Post
This is a top-drawer contemporary jazz vocal CD.more >>The Guardian
Shaw's mix of haunting falsettos, jazzy agility and conviction is as classy as ever.more >>Jazzwise
A sophisticated array of songs, mixing lyrics of wit with melodies that match.more >>Audiophile Audition
Great surround involvement via Linn's hi-res sonics.more >>EJazzNews
Overall, this is a superbly produced and acutely envisioned project.more >>Scotland On Sunday
At once referential and quite different.more >>Scotland on Sunday
The soulful Shaw has succeeded in making the 14 very personal and evocative songs his own.more >>The Vortex website
Something of a triumph.more >>Jazz Times
Praised far and wide as the single greatest male jazz vocalist Britain has to offer.more >>BBC Interactive
An eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul.more >>Mojo
For years now, Ian Shaw has been topping Britain's Best Jazz Singer polls.more >>The Scotsman
Britain's top male jazz vocalist.more >>Jazz Review
Neither fans of Joni Mitchell nor followers of jazz singer Ian Shaw will be disappointed by this "tribute" album.more >>Yorkshire Post
This superb CD is a reminder of his sheer class.more >>The List
An album with strong crossover potential.more >>The Herald
Ian Shaw is a brave man.more >>The Sunday Times
Mitchell would surely be intrigued.more >>The Times
A heartfelt album.more >>Time Out
Our fave jazz singer, Shaw's been in fine form recently.more >>Jazzwise
Sometimes an album just comes out right.more >>The Guardianmore >>