Firstly, I hope you're all doing as okay as is humanly possible. Thank you for your lovely messages regarding our postponed tour. We are all feeling the same stuff here, and the collective urge to simply look out for each other has never felt stronger. Music and The Arts have never felt so needed, but it's all there online for the time being. And hopefully soon, we can all do our thing - with some of you in the room!
“Forever insightful and quirky vocalist Ian Shaw warmly celebrates timeless songwriters from Bernstein to Bacharach with ideal foils in saxophonist/composer Iain Ballamy and piano rising star Jamie Safir on What's New.” John Fordham, The Guardian.
Alfie performed by Ian Shaw (voice), Iain Ballamy (tenor sax) and Jamie Safir (piano). From their album What's New. Recorded at their recent session at Jazz FM.
We Stopped Talking is a new song – a letter to love, community and diversity, inspired by Robert Elms’ critically praised book, London Made Us to raise much needed funds, in uncertain times, for the hugely compromised homeless, rough sleepers and vulnerable refugees. Ian's co-writer is Jamie Safir, who produced the song and edited the video.
Most of Ian's back catalogue is available to buy from the online shop – Shine Sister Shine, The Theory Of Joy, A Ghost In Every Bar, Somewhere Towards Love, Lifejacket, Drawn To All Things, Taking It To Hart and Double Event. Why not treat yourself!
“A beautifully sustained piece of work, Shine Sister Shine is Shaw at his absolute best.”
★★★★ review in Jazzwise
“his easily swinging and open-hearted vocals that become emotionally raw in places, inhabiting each song to maximum effect”
★★★★ review in Jazz Journal
“Shaw and his trio leave most of their peers at the starting gate.”
★★★★ review in The Telegraph
“Shaw's ability to … cut to the emotional heart of a song … remains astonishing.”
★★★★ review in Jazzwise
The Phone Credit Group provides refugee children with vital support. Ian talks to Paula Erol of The Phone Credit Group and Tess Berry-Hart of Calais Action about this fundraising initiative. Listen to the podcast to find out how you can help.
As many of you know, I have been working for a year now as a volunteer at the unofficial refugee camp – known as the jungle…
From The Theory Of Joy (Harmonia Mundi/Jazz Village), release February 2016. Please consider making a donation to refugee aid – all info below video.