The brand new video for the title track from the album, written by Tanita Tikaram and Ian Shaw.
Directed by fifteen year old Freddie Osman-Dal, this is a world of friendship, fun and solidarity, echoing the spirit of equality, joy and positivity in Tikaram and Shaw's music and words.
A celebration of seasonal music from the Great American Songbook. Ian joins Mads Mathias at PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) in “A Mads Mathias Christmas”. Lunchtime, Thursday 13th December. Doors at 12 noon.
Tickets at www.pizzaexpresslive.com
“Charismatic singer and human rights activist Ian Shaw has a commitment to showing us the personal in the political. His concert Shine Sister Shine made us lock eyes on serious issues of female and refugee experience with grace and clarity of purpose…
American standards, show songs and new takes on the pop and soul canon. Expect wit, mischief and rousing singalongs. Saturday 8th December at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre.
Tickets at: www.southbankcentre.co.uk
At the 14th annual Parliamentary Jazz Awards, held last night at PizzaExpress Live Holborn, Ian won for Jazz Vocalist of the Year. The award was presented to him by Elaine Delmar.
Three gigs coming up in October and November.
Thursday 18th October, Jazz & the City, Salzburg
Thursday 25th October, Celebrate Voice, Salisbury
Tuesday 13th November, Cambridge Jazz Festival
Remembering comedian and broadcaster Linda Smith. Ian joins a star line-up including Ruby Wax, Jo Caulfield, Mark Steel and Arthur Smith. All proceeds to Target Ovarian Cancer. Monday 8th October at Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden.
Tickets at: www.targetovariancancer.org.uk
The Citizens of the World Choir joins Ian and band for this special Festival date. Kings Place, Saturday 24th November.
Ian plays from Shine Sister Shine – four shows across Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September.
Tickets at www.ronniescotts.co.uk
Love, Fame and Happiness: When Joni Met Bowie. 9.15pm, Saturday 18th August, Crazy Coqs, Piccadilly, London.
Tickets at www.brasseriezedel.com
A fundraiser solo show in aid of Side by Side with Refugees, 6pm, Friday 10th August at St Mary's Church.
Tickets at breconjazz.org
Ian plays the JazzLeeds Festival as part of the Shine Sister Shine tour. Sunday 22nd July at Leeds College of Music.
Tickets at www.ticketsource.co.uk
Three performances at PizzaExpress Live this month. Thursday 19th at Soho, Friday 20th at Maidstone, Saturday 21st at Birmingham. All shows start 8.30pm.
Tickets at www.pizzaexpresslive.com
Ian talks to Stephen Foster about jazz, his new album and Jeanette Winterson.
Ian presents an evening for Pride 2018 with Tom Smith's Queertet + Laura Jurd and very special guests Julian Clary (1st show) and Sharon D. Clarke (2nd show). Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Saturday 7th July.
Jazz.FM91 Presents: Our President's Choice Concert Series with Ian Shaw. Wednesday 30th May at Hugh's Room Live, Dundas Street West, Toronto.
Tickets at hughsroomlive.com
Ian plays the Glasgow Jazz Festival as part of his Shine Sister Shine Tour. Thursday 21st June at The Blue Arrow, Sauchiehall Street.
Tickets at www.universe.com
Ian returns to Crazy Coqs with his solo show performing songs by his favourite singer-songwriters. Sunday 22nd April, 9.15pm.
Exciting news about the Shine Sister Shine tour dates coming soon. Watch this space.
Ian's eagerly-anticipated return to the Vortex Jazz Club with songs from his new album Shine Sister Shine. Saturday 31st March, 8pm.
Tickets at www.vortexjazz.co.uk.
Ian plays the Southport Jazz Festival. Gala Dinner, Royal Clifton Hotel, 3rd February, 6pm. Preceded by a vocal workshop, 2.00-4.30pm.
“…the album demonstrates Shaw's range as vocalist and as songwriter. He is a fabulous singer whatever the musical genre, equally at home with jazz, pop or soul. He is a good pianist too…”
Ian and Claire's Early Xmas Cracker at Leicester Square's Spiegeltent. Sunday, 10th December at 7pm.
Tickets from www.christmasinleicestersquare.com
Ian's new album available now as a digital download at iTunes and Spotify. Also in CD format from Amazon and other online retailers.
Or buy directly here. Signed copies available.
Ian chats with Robert Elms about Shine Sister Shine and his forthcoming gigs.
Ian's week-long run at PizzaExpress Jazz Club runs Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th January. Full details next week. Watch this space.
Tickets at www.pizzaexpresslive.com
Ian's new album, Shine Sister Shine, is released in CD and digital download formats on 17th November.
Listen to extracts at SoundCloud.
Ahead of Ian’s shows at Ronnie Scott’s (Friday and Saturday, 27th and 28th October) hear Ian talking to Mike Vitti about his new album on Ronnie Scott’s Radio.
Ronnie Scott’s Radio on MixCloud (from 31:30).
Ian's new album, Shine Sister Shine, is released this autumn on the Jazz Village label (PIAS/Harmonia Mundi).
The CD will be launched at Ian's shows at Ronnie Scottâ€™s in October.Â The double vinyl with three extra tracks will be available later in the autumn.
Thanks to beautiful photography © Natacha Horn.
Following the international success of The Theory Of Joy, Ian has been nominated for Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the prestigious US Downbeat Annual Poll.
Hear Ian's new songs at Ronnie Scott's later this year. Four shows on Friday and Saturday, 27th & 28th October.
Ian's singer-songwriter series continues at Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel – 7pm show, Saturday 15th July.
Ian is back in the studio this week recording his next album. More news on this very soon!
The New York Festival's International Radio Program Awards. The Ronnie Scott's Radio Show has won bronze for its Al Jarreau Masterclass editions in the Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program category.
For his birthday gig, Ian will be showcasing new arrangements for his next recording. PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho), Friday 2nd June.
Ian appears with Guy Barker at Hauser & Wirth Somerset on Saturday 13th May. Part of The Sound of Silent: Celebrating 100 Years of Music and the Movies.
Friday 19th May at PizzaExpress Live – a first for Birmingham!
Ian's show at Crazy Coqs (Live at Zedel) on Saturday 25th March is sold out – but an extra show has been added on Sunday 2nd April, 9.15pm. Tickets available now.
Last summer Ian was invited by Julian Clary to appear in his brand new documentary on the legendary playwright, actor, songwriter and wit, Noël Coward. See Ian, with June Whitfield, Paul O'Grady and Julian Clary.
Noël Coward by Julian Clary, part of the Passions series, on Sky Arts, 21st March at 9pm.
In February, Ian was invited back to Canada by Jazz.FM91 for their Sounds of Jazz Concert Series, playing at The Old Mill, Toronto. He also appeared at The Jazz Room, Waterloo, as part of their Winter Jazz Festival.
24th February, Ian was the special guest of Tanita Tikaram for her concert at Barbican, London. Afterwards, paintings by James Mayhew were auctioned off for Side by Side with Refugees.
Ian plays Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen with Barry Green, Thomas Fonnesbæk and Zoltan Csörsz. 16-18th March.
Ian joins Clifford Slapper to talk to Robert Elms about their new single, Drive In Saturday on Thursday, 9th March at 12:30pm. BBC Radio London 94.9FM.
Ian performs his You Must Believe In Spring show as part of the GAYW3 season. Thursday, 9th March.
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.
Click here to watch the shows live.
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.”
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 makes his annual return to Pizza Express Dean Street, Monday 18th to Sunday 24th January. Eleven shows in seven days!
Ian and Claire present their Early Xmas Stocking on Thursday 3rd December at Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush W12.
Read more about the relief work at robtryan.com.
“Shaw is a true poet, wordsmith and a fantastic songwriter.”
Ian joins legendary New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones on his nationwide tour.
With Carleen Anderson, Sarah Jane Morris, Jo Caulfield, Polly Gibbons and more. Thursday 8th October at Vortex Jazz Club.
Hear Ian on Soho Radio with Bibi Lynch.
Featuring Ian Shaw singing Everything.
Currently being recorded, Ian's new album The Theory Of Joy is set to be released by Harmonia Mundi on its Jazz Village imprint.
Performing with his trio and special guest Miguel Gorodi on trumpet. Four shows over Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September.