Ian Shaw – vocals

Ian Shaw photo Steve Ullathorne

Ian Shaw has been described as one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers on the scene, and is also a talented pianist and songwriter. Twice voted “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards and nominated this year for a JazzFM award, he has more than a dozen albums to his name. While his solo shows become ever more popular, he is much in demand as the featured soloist with big bands and orchestras both in the UK and internationally, alongside pairings with the likes of Guy Barker, Liane Carroll and Claire Martin and over the years has also worked with Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Cleo Laine, Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor. His USA success was based on three highly acclaimed American releases, one with the legendary Cedar Walton andDownbeat said of his 2008 recording, “Lifejacket” (Linn Records) “surely a contender for album of the year”. His current release is an anthology of songs with lyrics by the American poet Fran Landesman, “A Ghost In Every Bar”, just voice and piano, of which Jazz Times said “The Welsh vocalist remains the gentlest of troubadours and most nakedly magical of storytellers”.

Like all great musicians, Shaw is often invited to mentor, masterclass and coach (Charlotte Church he famously worked with for five years as well as producing a wide variety of artists in the studio, such as Gwyneth Herbert, Jacqui Dankworth, Gwyneth Herbert, and Jamie Cullum). He’s given masterclasses all over Europe (often during the city festivals), has given talks in the US, was musician-in-residence for a period at The South Bank Centre for VoiceLab, alongside Mary King, was head of voice at The West London Institute for four years, and twice a year, Ian leads a Recording Masterclass for singers at The Premises in London.

“An incredible vocalist … he has few rivals” (The Times)