Ian Shaw

Born 2 June 1962.

UK Vocalist


Ian Shaw (born 2 June 1962) is a Welsh jazz singer, record producer, and stand up comedian.

Shaw was born in St. Asaph, Wales, and took his music degree at the University of London. His career in performance began in the 1980s on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. At the same time, he was playing in piano bars and at festivals in London and throughout Europe.

In 1990 he toured Europe and recorded with fellow singer Carol Grimes. Since this time, Shaw has regularly worked in duo settings with other singers, including Claire Martin, Linda Lewis, Liane Carroll, and Sarah Jane Morris. By the mid-1990s, he was regularly performing at the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and in 1995 released two albums on the club's Jazzhouse label - Ghosthouse and a tribute to Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart Taking It To Hart. In 1996, Shaw led his own 'Very Big Band' on a UK tour, and by the late 90s he was performing regularly in USA. In 1999 he released In A New York Minute the first of two albums on New York's Milestone label. This and Soho Stories, released in 2001, featured many US musicians including Cedar Walton, Lew Soloff, and Eric Alexander. A World Still Turning from 2003 saw him working with Billy Childs and Peter Washington, and guest vocalist Mark Murphy.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Lifejacket

    Lifejacket 2008

    Reviewed by Kathryn Shackleton
    With Lifejacket he's moved from Canada to Camden and he's laying his own life bare.
  2. Review of Drawn to All Things

    Drawn to All Things 2006

    Reviewed by Kathryn Shackleton
    BBC Jazz Award winning vocalist offers his tribute to Joni Mitchell with the help of...
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