With 16 studio albums to his own name in a career spanning over three decades, Ian Shaw is widely regarded as the best male 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, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth and Joe Beck. In a part written especially for him, Ian performed alongside Kurt Elling and Dee Dee Bridgewater at New York’s Lincoln Center in 2019 and at the Southbank, London in 2020, in the premiere concerts of Elling’s radio-drama “The Big Blind”.
Ian also presents the weekly Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show which is syndicated worldwide and has recently added podcasting to his repertoire, with “Not Even Music” going into its third series.