Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend

Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend

Ian with Iain Ballamy (saxes) and Jamie Safir (piano). Showcasing songs they are currently recording together. Saturday 1st June.

Tickets at: www.iwjazzweekend.co.uk


Ian at PizzaExpress

Ian at PizzaExpress Jazz Club

Ian returns to Dean Street with Iain Ballamy (saxes) and Jamie Safir (piano). Friday 31st May. Hear him talking to Jo Good about this special show. Wednesday 22nd May on BBC iPlayer.

Tickets at: www.pizzaexpresslive.com


Jimmy Webb

Ian and Liane Carroll with Jimmy Webb

Unique concert with legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, in Rye as part of the festival series. Sunday 5th May at 7.30pm.

Tickets at: ryejazz.com


Pee Wee Ellis

Ian interviews Pee Wee Ellis

Funk legend Pee Wee Ellis takes you on a trip through his musical life and times. 23rd March at Pegg Theatre, Bristol.

Tickets at: www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com


Jazz Voices Weekender

Jazz Voices “Ella” Weekender

Ian plays this new boutique UK Jazz Festival. Eight acts over two-and-a-half days. 5th-7th April at The Cinnamon Club in south Manchester.

Tickets at: thecinnamon.club


Jazz FM Awards 2019

Jazz FM Awards nomination

Ian has been nominated for the Jazz FM Award for Vocalist Of The Year, together with Cherise Adams-Burnett and Judi Jackson. The winner will be announced on International Jazz Day, 30th April.

Read more at www.jazzfmawards.com


Kurt Elling

Ian returns to New York

Joining world-leading jazz musicians and US actors as Tony ‘Mongoose’ Bonilla in the world premiere of The Big Blind, a brand new drama written by Kurt Elling and Phil Galdston. 1st and 2nd March at Rose Theater, Lincoln Center.

Tickets at: www.jazz.org


Ian Shaw at 606 Club

Ian at the 606 Club

To start the year off, Ian plays the 606. Sunday 6th January at 8.30pm. 606 Club, 90 Lots Road, Chelsea SW10 0QD

Tickets at: www.606club.co.uk


Ian Shaw's New Year's Eve Bash

Ian at the Vortex for New Year's Eve

Ian hosts an exuberant party, playing in the New Year with a set of appropriately festive songs. Expect his own radical reworkings of standards, choice cuts from the Joni Mitchell songbook and his own witty and sometimes touching originals. Monday 31st December at Vortex Jazz Club, London N16 8AZ.

Tickets at:


Ian Shaw & Friends

Ian Shaw & Friends

Ian's week-long run returns to PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho). Eleven shows over seven days. Guests including Sara Dowling, Gwyneth Herbert, Krystle Warren, Jo Caulfield, Earl Okin and Tom Smith’s Queertet. Monday 21st to Sunday 27th January.

Details and tickets at:


Shine Sister Shine

Video release for Shine Sister Shineo

The brand new video for the title track from the album, written by Tanita Tikaram and Ian Shaw.

Directed by fifteen year old Freddie Osman-Dal, this is a world of friendship, fun and solidarity, echoing the spirit of equality, joy and positivity in Tikaram and Shaw's music and words.



More Xmas fun…

A celebration of seasonal music from the Great American Songbook. Ian joins Mads Mathias at PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) in “A Mads Mathias Christmas”. Lunchtime, Thursday 13th December. Doors at 12 noon.

Tickets at www.pizzaexpresslive.com


Ian Shaw at EFJ London Jazz Festival 2018

Ian Shaw at EFJ London Jazz Fesival

“Charismatic singer and human rights activist Ian Shaw has a commitment to showing us the personal in the political. His concert Shine Sister Shine made us lock eyes on serious issues of female and refugee experience with grace and clarity of purpose…

Read the reviewin full


Ian Shaw and Claire Martin

Ian Shaw and Claire Martin's Early Xmas Cracker

American standards, show songs and new takes on the pop and soul canon. Expect wit, mischief and rousing singalongs. Saturday 8th December at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre.

Tickets at: www.southbankcentre.co.uk


Elaine Delmar and Ian Shaw

Jazz Vocalist of the Year

At the 14th annual Parliamentary Jazz Awards, held on Tuesday 16th October at PizzaExpress Live Holborn, Ian won for Jazz Vocalist of the Year. The award was presented to him by Elaine Delmar.


Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw

Liane & Ian

Three gigs coming up in October and November.

Thursday 18th October, Jazz & the City, Salzburg

Thursday 25th October, Celebrate Voice, Salisbury

Tuesday 13th November, Cambridge Jazz Festival


Loving Linda

Gala night of comedy & music

Remembering comedian and broadcaster Linda Smith. Ian joins a star line-up including Ruby Wax, Jo Caulfield, Mark Steel and Arthur Smith. All proceeds to Target Ovarian Cancer. Monday 8th October at Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden.

Tickets at: www.targetovariancancer.org.uk


London Jazz Festival 2018

Ian at Kings Place for LJF

The Citizens of the World Choir joins Ian and band for this special Festival date. Kings Place, Saturday 24th November.



Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

Ian plays from Shine Sister Shine – four shows across Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September.

Tickets at www.ronniescotts.co.uk


David Bowie

Ian sings Joni and Bowie

Love, Fame and Happiness: When Joni Met Bowie. 9.15pm, Saturday 18th August, Crazy Coqs, Piccadilly, London.

Tickets at www.brasseriezedel.com


Brecon Festival 2018

Brecon Jazz Festival

A fundraiser solo show in aid of Side by Side with Refugees, 6pm, Friday 10th August at St Mary's Church.

Tickets at breconjazz.org


Leeds Jazz

Ian in Leeds

Ian plays the JazzLeeds Festival as part of the Shine Sister Shine tour. Sunday 22nd July at Leeds College of Music.

Full line-up at www.​jazzleeds​festival​.co.uk or see event details on Facebook.

Tickets at www.ticketsource.co.uk


Pizza Express Live

The Shine Sister Shine tour continues

Three performances at PizzaExpress Live this month. Thursday 19th at Soho, Friday 20th at Maidstone, Saturday 21st at Birmingham. All shows start 8.30pm.

Tickets at www.pizzaexpresslive.com


BBC London

Ian on BBC Radio Suffolk

Ian talks to Stephen Foster about jazz, his new album and Jeanette Winterson.


Julian Clary

Pride 2018 at Ronnie Scott's

Ian presents an evening for Pride 2018 with Tom Smith's Queertet + Laura Jurd and very special guests Julian Clary (1st show) and Sharon D. Clarke (2nd show). Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Saturday 7th July.



Hugh's Room, Toronto

Ian in Toronto

Jazz.FM91 Presents: Our President's Choice Concert Series with Ian Shaw. Wednesday 30th May at Hugh's Room Live, Dundas Street West, Toronto.

Tickets at hughsroomlive.com


Glasgow Jazz Festival

Ian in Glasglow

Ian plays the Glasgow Jazz Festival as part of his Shine Sister Shine Tour. Thursday 21st June at The Blue Arrow, Sauchiehall Street.

Tickets at www.universe.com


Live at Zedel

Live at Zédel

Ian returns to Crazy Coqs with his solo show performing songs by his favourite singer-songwriters. Sunday 22nd April, 9.15pm.



Ian Shaw

Shine Sister Shine Tour

Exciting news about the Shine Sister Shine tour dates coming soon. Watch this space.


Vortex Jazz Club

Ian at the Vortex

Ian's eagerly-anticipated return to the Vortex Jazz Club with songs from his new album Shine Sister Shine. Saturday 31st March, 8pm.

Tickets at www.vortexjazz.co.uk.


Southport Festival 2018

Jazz on a Winter's Weekend

Ian plays the Southport Jazz Festival. Gala Dinner, Royal Clifton Hotel, 3rd February, 6pm. Preceded by a vocal workshop, 2.00-4.30pm.

Book tickets for Gala Dinner and Vocal Workshop.


Shine Sister Shine

More reviews for Shine Sister Shine

“…the album demonstrates Shaw's range as vocalist and as songwriter. He is a fabulous singer whatever the musical genre, equally at home with jazz, pop or soul. He is a good pianist too…”

reviews for Shine Sister Shine


Ian and Claire

Xmas with Ian and Claire Martin

Ian and Claire's Early Xmas Cracker at Leicester Square's Spiegeltent. Sunday, 10th December at 7pm.

Tickets from www.christmasinleicestersquare.com


Shine Sister Shine

Shine Sister Shine launched

Ian's new album available now as a digital download at iTunes and Spotify. Also in CD format from Amazon and other online retailers.

Or buy directly here. Signed copies available.

Buy now


BBC London

Ian on BBC Radio London

Ian chats with Robert Elms about Shine Sister Shine and his forthcoming gigs.


Pizza Express Live

Ian at PizzaExpress Soho

Ian's week-long run at PizzaExpress Jazz Club runs Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th January. Full details next week. Watch this space.

Tickets at www.pizzaexpresslive.com


Shine Sister Shine

Shine Sister Shine is here

Ian's new album, Shine Sister Shine, is released in CD and digital download formats on 17th November.

Listen to extracts at SoundCloud.


Ronnie Scott's

Ian talks about Shine Sister Shine

Ahead of Ian’s shows at Ronnie Scott’s (Friday and Saturday, 27th and 28th October) hear Ian talking to Mike Vitti about his new album on Ronnie Scott’s Radio.

Ronnie Scott’s Radio on MixCloud (from 31:30).


Shine Sister Shine

Shine Sister Shine

Ian's new album, Shine Sister Shine, is released this autumn on the Jazz Village label (PIAS/Harmonia Mundi).

The CD will be launched at Ian's shows at Ronnie Scott’s in October. The double vinyl with three extra tracks will be available later in the autumn.

Thanks to beautiful photography © Natacha Horn.



Nomination in Downbeat poll

Following the international success of The Theory Of Joy, Ian has been nominated for Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the prestigious US Downbeat Annual Poll.

You can vote here.


Ronnie Scott's

Ian at Ronnie Scott's

Hear Ian's new songs at Ronnie Scott's later this year. Four shows on Friday and Saturday, 27th & 28th October.



Crazy Coqs

Ian at Crazy Coqs

Ian's singer-songwriter series continues at Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel – 7pm show, Saturday 15th July.



Ian in the studio

In the studio

Ian is back in the studio this week recording his next album. More news on this very soon!


Al Jarreau

The Ronnie Scott's Radio Show wins award

The New York Festival's International Radio Program Awards. The Ronnie Scott's Radio Show has won bronze for its Al Jarreau Masterclass editions in the Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program category.


Ian Shaw

Special midnight show

For his birthday gig, Ian will be showcasing new arrangements for his next recording. PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho), Friday 2nd June.



Ian and Guy

Ian and Guy Barker at the movies

Ian appears with Guy Barker at Hauser & Wirth Somerset on Saturday 13th May. Part of The Sound of Silent: Celebrating 100 Years of Music and the Movies.



Ian and Liane

Ian and Liane Carroll in Birmingham

Friday 19th May at PizzaExpress Live – a first for Birmingham!




Revolution – 5th Anniversary Special

Ian joins Ann Mitchell and Simon Callow for this fundraiser in Stratford East London in aid of Wac Arts and Side by Side Refugees. Sunday 23rd April.

View e-flyer. More info on Facebook.


Live at Zedel's

Ian at Crazy Coqs

Ian's show at Crazy Coqs (Live at Zedel) on Saturday 25th March is sold out – but an extra show has been added on Sunday 2nd April, 9.15pm. Tickets available now.



Julian Clary

Noël Coward by Julian Clary

Last summer Ian was invited by Julian Clary to appear in his brand new documentary on the legendary playwright, actor, songwriter and wit, Noël Coward. See Ian, with June Whitfield, Paul O'Grady and Julian Clary.

Noël Coward by Julian Clary, part of the Passions series, on Sky Arts, 21st March at 9pm.


Ian Shaw

Ian in Canada

In February, Ian was invited back to Canada by Jazz.FM91 for their Sounds of Jazz Concert Series, playing at The Old Mill, Toronto. He also appeared at The Jazz Room, Waterloo, as part of their Winter Jazz Festival.


Tanita Tikaram

Ian and Tanita

24th February, Ian was the special guest of Tanita Tikaram for her concert at Barbican, London. Afterwards, paintings by James Mayhew were auctioned off for Side by Side with Refugees.



Jazzhus Montmartre

Jazzhus Montmartre

Ian plays Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen with Barry Green, Thomas Fonnesbæk and Zoltan Csörsz. 16-18th March.



BBC London

Ian on BBC Radio London

Ian joins Clifford Slapper to talk to Robert Elms about their new single, Drive In Saturday on Thursday, 9th March at 12:30pm. BBC Radio London 94.9FM.


Bowie Songs

Drive In Saturday

The new single of Bowie's Drive In Saturday featuring Ian, now available on download from iTunes and Amazon. From Clifford Slapper’s album Bowie Songs One.



Ian Shaw at JW3, Finchley

Ian performs his You Must Believe In Spring show as part of the GAYW3 season. Thursday, 9th March.

book tickets


Ian Shaw and Friends

Ian Shaw & Friends at Dean Street

Ian returns to PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) for his annual week of fun and frolics with his best musical friends, 23rd to 29th January.



Too Close For Xmas

Ian at The Arthouse

In his annual solo romp at Arthouse, Ian takes a wry look at Xmas songs from film, TV, the jazz songbook and his own childhood, surrounded by brass bands, coal mines, flared dungarees and David Bowie records.



Natalie Williams

Download for charity

Download Natalie Williams’ Xmas single – 50% of proceeds goes to The Phone Credit Group.



Phone Credit for Refugees

Phone Credit for Refugee Children

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.



David Bowie

An Xmas Cracker with Ian and Claire

Continuing the tour of this show, there are a few tickets still available for St Mary's Church Rye, Wednesday 14th December.



David Bowie

Ian at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho

Love, Fame And Happiness – When Joni Met Bowie. One Night Exclusive by popular demand… Booking now.



David Bowie

Pictures from Beijing

Ian's gig at Blue Note on 7-8th November.

Go to pictures


Benefit for Side by Side Refugees

Benefit for Side by Side Refugees

Ian is joined by performers from theatre and music on Tuesday 29th November at Finchley Road London's JW3.

Buy tickets at www.eventbrite.co.uk


Letter of Hope

BLINQ at the London Jazz Festival

The vocalist super group play Shoreditch Town Hall on Tuesday 15th November.

Buy tickets at shoreditchtownhall.com


Letter of Hope

Ian returns to Hong Kong and China 3rd - 9th November

This time Ian debuts at Beijing's Blue Note Club and returns to JZ in Shanghai.


Letter of Hope

The Calais Jungle

There are over 200 unaccompanied kids from Civil War zones, with family in the UK, stranded on a toxic wasteland, 23 miles from our coast.

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

A letter of hope from jazz singer Ian Shaw


Ronnie Scotts

Ian returns to Ronnie Scott’s

Ian with his band in four shows singing from The Theory Of Joy, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October.



The Theory Of Joy

The Theory Of Joy

Available from Amazon on CD or Luxury Double LP. Or download at iTunes or Spotify. CD also availabe to buy directly from www.ianshaw.biz.


Ian on Jazzwise

Reviews for The Theory Of Joy

“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

Read reviews in full


David Bowie

Ian at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho - shows being streamed live!

Love, Fame and Happiness – When Joni Met Bowie. Ian at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho 12th and 13th August.


Click here to watch the shows live.


Al Jarreau

Ian interviews Al Jarreau

Ian interviews legendary singer Al Jarreau on Sunday 10th July at Ronnie Scott's.



Ian Shaw

Ian in Germany

Ian launches The Theory of Joy at jazz tracks 424, Hamburg on 16th June



Parliamentary Awards

Nomination for Parliamentary Jazz Award

Ian nominated in the Jazz Vocalist of the Year category.

Download press release


Ian Shaw

Ian in France

Ian and his trio launches The Theory of Joy at Jazz Club Etoile in Paris on 2nd June.



Ian Shaw

London Jazz News Preview

The Theory of Joy brings together a very interesting mix of material, which is fashioned into a coherent set by the musicianship of all concerned. Expect to find Bowie next to Bart, Joni Mitchell juxtaposed with Clive Gregson, all performed with impeccable jazz style and touch.”



The Theory Of Joy

Living Streaming - Thursday 7th April at 8pm

Watch Ian's album launch of The Theory Of Joy, live from Nells Jazz & Blues, London.



The Theory Of Joy

Album launch at Nell's this Thursday 7th April

The official launch of The Theory Of Joy at Nells Jazz & Blues, West Kensington, London.



Ian Shaw

Ian on BBC Radio

Ian talks about his new album, the launch and album tour on Robert Elms (Radio London).

Ian in conversation with Clare Teal on BBC Radio 2.


Ian Shaw

Ian tours UK with new album

The Theory Of Joy UK tour dates from March to June including the official album launch at Nell’s Jazz & Blues in West Kensington.

Tour dates and booking details


The Theory Of Joy

Jamie Cullum talks about The Theory Of Joy

Jamie Cullum talks about Ian's new album on his BBC Radio 2 show.

Listen now


The Theory Of Joy

Ian on RTHK

Ian talks on RTHK in Hong Kong about his tour and new album.

Listen now


The Theory Of Joy

Ian takes The Theory Of Joy to the Far East

3rd - 20th March. Ian plays Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Australia.

Full tour details


Ian on Jazzwise

Feature in Jazzwise

“Charismatic jazz voice, activist and sometime stand-up comic, Ian Shaw's flamboyantly vibrant approach to songcraft continues to reveal itself in myriad forms, unravelling a canon of variegated colour…”

Read the full article in Jazzwise, available in shops or online.


The Theory Of Joy

Reviews for the album keep on coming

“For musical sophistication and emotional intelligence Shaw and his trio leave most of their peers at the starting gate.”
★★★★ review by Ivan Hewett in The Telegraph.


Ian on Madeley on Sunday

Ian on Madeley on Sunday

“Great music from Ian and lovely hearing him talk about his life and experiences in Calais.” (listener)

Ian talks about his new album and his work helping refugees in Calais.

Listen to the interview


The Theory Of Joy

More reviews for the new album

“Shaw's ability to sear away the extraneous, cut to the emotional heart of a song and build inexorably without melodrama or self-aggrandisement toward the moment a lyric gives itself up to us remains astonishing.”
★★★★ review in Jazzwise

The Theory Of Joy is Shaw's best album yet – a well paced set, mixing some unexpected covers and excellent originals – and an early contender for one of the jazz albums of the year. Highly recommended.”
★★★★ review at kindofjazz.com


BBC World Service

Ian interview on Weekend

Ian talks about his new album and his work in Calais. Interview with Julian Worricker on Weekend, BBC World Service.

Listen to interview


Ian Shaw

Ten Questions for Ian Shaw

“My mama ironed to Two Way Family Favourites for twenty-five years, which was Radio Two, really. So we heard what we thought was old-fashioned pop music – which was, in fact, jazz. Lots of big band stuff, 1950s vocalists like Nat 'King' Cole and Ella Fitzgerald, Vic Damone, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Sarah Vaughan and, of course, Sinatra…”

Read full interview


The Theory Of Joy

New album out today

The Theory Of Joy is a collection of inspirational pop-structured songs, including extraordinary new takes on David Bowie, Lionel Bart, Jacques Brel, Joni Mitchell, Mel Tormé and even the seminal Traffic. The mood is hopeful, questioning, politicised, and honest… read more

Available from Amazon on CD or Luxury Double LP. Or download at iTunes or Spotify. CD also availabe to buy directly from www.ianshaw.biz.


Ian Shaw

“Classy jazz singer in his element”

“Jazz singers magnify the character tics of everyday life – tell-tale inflections that reveal a backstory, offbeat emphases, the catch in a voice of a hidden regret, all the mannerisms that bring favourite singers as close as partners or friends. Idiosyncratic Americans Betty Carter and Mark Murphy felt like that, and so does the British singer Ian Shaw…”

Ian's new album The Theory Of Joy reviewed by The Guardian's John Fordham.


Rory Bremner

Ian back with Rory Bremner

Coastival presents a one-off show with Rory and Ian at The Spa, Scarborough.



Ian Shaw

BBC Radio London's Robert Elms Show on My Brother

“I don't have records of the year but if I did this would probably be it…I don't think there was a better song written last year.”

Play My Brother


Ian Shaw

Listen to Ian's new track My Brother

From The Theory Of Joy (Harmonia Mundi/Jazz Village), release February 2016. Please consider making a donation to refugee aid – all info below video.

Play My Brother


Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw & Friends

Ian makes his annual return to Pizza Express Dean Street, Monday 18th to Sunday 24th January. Eleven shows in seven days!



Claire Martin

Ian and Claire Martin

Ian and Claire present their Early Xmas Stocking on Thursday 3rd December at Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush W12.



Ian Shaw

Ian speaks out about the Calais refugee camps

“Putting up fences will not solve the refugee crisis.” Watch Ian talking to London Live and read his interview in TimeOut.


Ian Shaw

Fundraisers for Calais Refugee Relief

Julian Clary, Mari Wilson and Sarah Jane Morris head up two shows of music and comedy at the Phoenix Artists Club on Wednesday 18th November. Book here for 7.30pm and 10.30pm.

Read more about the relief work at robtryan.com.


Ian Shaw

Scarborough Jazz Festival Review

“Shaw is a true poet, wordsmith and a fantastic songwriter.”

read full review


Leroy Jones

Ian with Leroy Jones

Ian joins legendary New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones on his nationwide tour.



Vortex Jazz Club

Benefit for refugees in Calais

With Carleen Anderson, Sarah Jane Morris, Jo Caulfield, Polly Gibbons and more. Thursday 8th October at Vortex Jazz Club.

Book online


Ian on Soho Radio

Ian on Soho Radio

Hear Ian on Soho Radio with Bibi Lynch.

Listen now


Dinner at 6

Animation by Dane Winn

Featuring Ian Shaw singing Everything.

Watch video


Ian at Ronnie Scott's

Ian signs with Harmonia Mundi

Currently being recorded, Ian's new album The Theory Of Joy is set to be released by Harmonia Mundi on its Jazz Village imprint.


Ian at Ronnie Scott's

Ian returns to Ronnie Scott's

Performing with his trio and special guest Miguel Gorodi on trumpet. Four shows over Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September.


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Upcoming dates

Fri, 31-May-2019
PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho - Last Night When We Were Young

Sat, 01-June-2019
The Isle Of Wight Jazz Weekend - Last Night When We Were Young

Sat, 08-June-2019
Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London N16 8AZ

Full details