“Fantastic!” CLARE TEAL - BBC RADIO 2
“Ziggy's Get's it right!" Mica Paris
“Epic, Uplifting" London Jazz Festival -TIme Out ★★★★
Shaw is winner of “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards 2007 and 2004 and has amassed a number of highly acclaimed albums. He is a renowned performer both in the UK and the US and has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world's finest male jazz vocalists.
In 2010 Shaw joined an historical legacy of artists and recorded his first Abbey Road studio album. Shaw and guitarist collaborator, David Preston, assembled a stellar, international, cross-generational band resulting in a recording that led Jamie Cullum to say
"the incomparable Ian Shaw… absolutely fantastic" and reflects Shaw's position as one of the world's leading jazz singers.
His acclaimed 2006 album “Drawn to All Things - the songs of Joni Mitchell” saw him “Praised far and wide as the single greatest male jazz vocalist Britain has to offer” by Jazz Times.
Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. Shaw was spotted by Dave Illic, jazz critic for City Limits and was described as “the voice of the decade”.
Collaborators over the years have been many and include Quincy Jones, Abudullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Claire Martin, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton,
Shaw was, for some time, presenter on BBC Big Band Special on Radio 2 and is also a regular on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 and the recently revamped Jazz FM where he guest presented their legendary ‘Dinner Jazz’ show alongside the likes of Bruce Forsyth. He can also be heard on the Ronnie Scott's radio show
TONIGHT sharing the Ziggy’s stage with long-time collaborator and Ziggy’s charismatic curator, Drummer Steve Taylor & his trio.
“Absolutely Fantastic” Clare Teal BBC Radio 2
“World Class” Rhythm mag
“incomparable” Jamie Cullum BBC Radio 2
Twice winner of BBC best Jazz vocalist award
"Praised far and wide as the greatest male jazz singer Britain has to offer, gifted, technically awesome and theatrically witty" The Guardian
"a masterly vocalist... " All About Jazz
Powerhouse drummer Steve Taylor and the Big Band eXpLoSiOn
celebrate Ziggy’s 7th Anniversary Show
performing some of Steve’s favourite music & songs with the
Big Band eXpLoSiOn’s trademark style.
Expect musical fireworks & Steve’s deftly crafted arrangements of Al Jarreau, Gil Scott-Heron, Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, George Benson plus icing the cake with brand new original tracks & special guests.
Taylor leads the band with his unmistakably vibrant drumming together with the luscious vocals of Ziggy’s co-curator percussionist writing partner Josie Frater.
The band features 16 of the hottest horn charged crew around including Sax maestros, Parliamentary Jazz award winner Phil Meadows & long-time collaborator Vasilis Xenopoulos.
Steve Taylor Big Band eXpLoSiOn always deliver, being acknowledged by fans and critics alike as one of the most exciting British jazz groups on the music scene; wowing audiences at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Jazz Festival and Ziggy’s to name a few.
Taylor has performed with Ian Shaw, Claire Martin obe, Omar mbe, appeared as featured guest BBC Radio 2 Clare Teal show and shared the stage with likes of Mica Paris.
Steve fuses his love of jazz, swing, rock and world music performing, high-energy material that expresses both tenderness and power in
the same instant.
New Album “Hits”
“Live at Ziggy’s” (2015)
“Good Things Happen” (2012)
“Live in London” (2010)
“Fiery & Hard Hitting” Time Out
"Powerhouse drumming" Rhythm magazine
“THIS BIG BAND SWINGS, DRIVES, GROOVES AND ROCKS LIKE NO OTHER..”
BBC Radio 2 -Janey Lee Grace -Steve Wright show