Ian returns to PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) for his annual week of fun and frolics with his best musical friends, 23rd to 29th January.
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.
Download Natalie Williams’ Xmas single – 50% of proceeds goes to The Phone Credit Group.
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.
Continuing the tour of this show, there are a few tickets still available for St Mary's Church Rye, Wednesday 14th December.
Love, Fame And Happiness – When Joni Met Bowie. One Night Exclusive by popular demand… Booking now.
Ian's gig at Blue Note on 7-8th November.
Ian is joined by performers from theatre and music on Tuesday 29th November at Finchley Road London's JW3.
The vocalist super group play Shoreditch Town Hall on Tuesday 15th November.
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…
Ian with his band in four shows singing from The Theory Of Joy, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October.
“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
Love, Fame and Happiness – When Joni Met Bowie. Ian at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho 12th and 13th August.
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Ian interviews legendary singer Al Jarreau on Sunday 10th July at Ronnie Scott's.
Ian launches The Theory of Joy at jazz tracks 424, Hamburg on 16th June
Ian nominated in the Jazz Vocalist of the Year category.
Ian and his trio launches The Theory of Joy at Jazz Club Etoile in Paris on 2nd June.
“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.”
Watch Ian's album launch of The Theory Of Joy, live from Nells Jazz & Blues, London.
The official launch of The Theory Of Joy at Nells Jazz & Blues, West Kensington, London.
Ian talks about his new album, the launch and album tour on Robert Elms (Radio London).
The Theory Of Joy UK tour dates from March to June including the official album launch at Nellâ€™s Jazz & Blues in West Kensington.
Jamie Cullum talks about Ian's new album on his BBC Radio 2 show.
Ian talks on RTHK in Hong Kong about his tour and new album.
3rd - 20th March. Ian plays Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Australia.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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
Ian talks about his new album and his work in Calais. Interview with Julian Worricker on Weekend, BBC World Service.
“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…”
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 TormÃ© and even the seminal Traffic. The mood is hopeful, questioning, politicised, and honest… read more
“Jazz singers magnify the character tics of everyday life â€“ 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.
Coastival presents a one-off show with Rory and Ian at The Spa, Scarborough.
“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.”