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…
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
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
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.
Ian interviews Al Jarreau
Ian interviews legendary singer Al Jarreau on Sunday 10th July at Ronnie Scott's.
Ian in Germany
Ian launches The Theory of Joy at jazz tracks 424, Hamburg on 16th June
Nomination for Parliamentary Jazz Award
Ian nominated in the Jazz Vocalist of the Year category.
Ian in France
Ian and his trio launches The Theory of Joy at Jazz Club Etoile in Paris on 2nd June.
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.”
Living Streaming - Thursday 7th April at 8pm
Watch Ian's album launch of The Theory Of Joy, live from Nells Jazz & Blues, London.
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 on BBC Radio
Ian talks about his new album, the launch and album tour on Robert Elms (Radio London).
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.
Jamie Cullum talks about The Theory Of Joy
Jamie Cullum talks about Ian's new album on his BBC Radio 2 show.
Ian on RTHK
Ian talks on RTHK in Hong Kong about his tour and new album.
Ian takes The Theory Of Joy to the Far East
3rd - 20th March. Ian plays Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Australia.
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.
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
“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.
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
Ian interview on Weekend
Ian talks about his new album and his work in Calais. Interview with Julian Worricker on Weekend, BBC World Service.
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…”
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
“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.
Ian back with Rory Bremner
Coastival presents a one-off show with Rory and Ian at The Spa, Scarborough.
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.”
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.
Ian Shaw & Friends
Ian makes his annual return to Pizza Express Dean Street, Monday 18th to Sunday 24th January. Eleven shows in seven days!
Ian and Claire Martin
Ian and Claire present their Early Xmas Stocking on Thursday 3rd December at Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush W12.
Ian speaks out about the Calais refugee camps
Fundraisers for Calais Refugee Relief
Read more about the relief work at robtryan.com.
Scarborough Jazz Festival Review
“Shaw is a true poet, wordsmith and a fantastic songwriter.”
Ian with Leroy Jones
Ian joins legendary New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones on his nationwide tour.
Benefit for refugees in Calais
With Carleen Anderson, Sarah Jane Morris, Jo Caulfield, Polly Gibbons and more. Thursday 8th October at Vortex Jazz Club.
Ian on Soho Radio
Hear Ian on Soho Radio with Bibi Lynch.
Animation by Dane Winn
Featuring Ian Shaw singing Everything.
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 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.