‘When Bowie Met Joni: Ian Shaw Sings and Plays David Bowie and Joni Mitchell.’
Award winning vocalist and ‘a true song stylist for our times’ (Downbeat USA), Shaw, salutes these two songwriting titans. It features the songs of David Bowie and Joni Mitchell, written in parallel times, marking two fascinating Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame artists’ astonishing output. Shaw has recorded a critically highly praised album of Joni Mitchell (Drawn To All Things) and has a personal connection to both, which is the core of this exciting show.
“Praised far and wide as the single greatest male jazz singer the United Kingdom has to offer” (Jazz Times, US)
With 15 studio albums to his own name in a career spanning three decades, Ian Shaw is widely regarded as the best jazz vocalist the UK has produced. He is also a talented pianist, song writer, presenter, record producer and actor. Alongside performances at the major London venues, Shaw tours throughout the UK at theatres and arts centres and has played all of the main jazz festivals here. He has performed at numerous venues in the US including Jazz at the Lincoln Center; three of his recordings are on US labels. Ian is a frequent visitor to Canada, as result of regular play on the Toronto-based Jazz.FM91 and has toured Australia and the Far East several times. He plays festivals and club dates on the Continent of Europe throughout each year.
Shaw’s recordings and live performances as a jazz singer have been recognised by two BBC jazz awards (2004 and 2007), a Parliamentary award (2018) and numerous award nominations including Downbeat Magazine (2017) and Jazz FM (2013 and 2019).
Alongside solo shows and performances with his regular piano trio, Shaw is also much in demand as the featured soloist with big bands and orchestras both in the UK and internationally. His many collaborators over the years include Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Mornington Lockett, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Mark Murphy, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano and Joe Beck. Ian performed alongside Kurt Elling and Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Lincoln Center in March 2019 in the premiere of Elling’s “The Big Blind” in a part written especially for him. This radio-drama debuted in London January 2020 at the Southbank. In April 2021 Ian will be a performing a setting of RS Thomas’ poetry, especially written for chamber ensemble (Psappho/Halle) and Ian’s voice, by this country’s leading contemporary composer, Mark-Anthony Turnage.
Ian presents The Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show weekly for Jazz FM in the UK. This show is syndicated worldwide.
“the redoubtable Ian Shaw … a consummate interpreter” (London Evening Standard)