“The best jazz vocalist we have” (Time Out), 2007 has been one of Ian Shaw’s most successful years. At the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards (where Shaw was nominated Best Vocalist), Shaw was invited to sing with the legendary Quincy Jones. His recent Linn album, “Drawn To All things, The Songs Of Joni Mitchell” has garnered worldwide praise and was the first successful solo artist tribute to this highly regarded songwriter. Shaw toured the album for a year, taking in the major festivals and making his debut at the prestigious Sunset Sunside Club in Paris. These shows were as a result of Shaw being nominated as Best Vocalist in the Academie du Jazz at the close of the year. In March of 2007 Shaw finally recorded the David/Bacharach Songbook with the HR Big Band following last year’s concerts in Germany with them. Shaw was also invited by labelmate, Claire Martin to compose a song remembering Shirley Horn for her new release, “He Never Mentioned Love”(Linn). The song is “Slow Time”.
After a sell-out six shows at the new Ronnie Scott’s before Christmas, Shaw and his band have been touring the spring and summer festivals. A new partnership with the Mercury nominated trumpeter, broadcaster and composer, Guy Barker, was formed. With just Shaw’s piano for accompaniment, “Barker And Shaw Go To The Movies”, a musical and highly entertaining romp through their favourite film music, has sold out all over the country. They will debut it in Toronto in January 2008, where Shaw has been invited to take part in the IAJE annual festival.
In June this year, Shaw won the coveted Best Vocalist category at the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards, having previously won in 2004. He performed a brand new arrangement by Guy Barker of Joni’s “A Case Of You”.
In September this year, he performed to a packed crowd with The Phil Ware Trio at The Dublin Festival. This was broadcast by RTE. The following week saw Shaw and his longtime musical partner, Claire Martin play six sell-out shows at New York’s Lincoln Center. WBGO called Shaw “a razor-sharp performer with faultless time and unrivalled passion”.
High Contrast, one of Europe’s most successful Drum and Bass projects invited Shaw to sing on “Everything Is Different”(Hospital Records), a new take on an old Donny Hathaway classic. The track has been a summer success and appears on “Tough Guys Don’t Dance”, the follow-up album following the single. The video can be seen on youtube.