Multi-award winner as best jazz vocalist - BBC Jazz Awards 2007 and 2004 and Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.
Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit.
During the next few years Shaw moved from the singer-pianist format to working with his new band to an eventual move into jazz. In Europe he has proved popular in France, Germany and Italy with numerous live appearances. He has also performed regularly in the United States.
He has recorded numerous albums including an Abbey Road studio album with appearances on TV and presenting roles on BBC radio.
Ian currently presents The Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show for Jazz FM in the UK (and he hosted the inaugural Jazz FM Jazz Awards in January 2013).
Shaw is in his most suitable element here... [Of The Theory Of Joy] You don’t have to bend an ear very far to detect its character and classJohn Fordham, The Guardian
There's actually more heart in Ian Shaw's cleverness than in many singers who wear their hearts conspicuously on their sleeves.Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph
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