Friday 14th September 2018
- Saturday 15th September 2018
£15.00 - £50.00
"the work of an impassioned and versatile artist…” (Guardian)
“… in note-perfect solidarity with the jazz sisterhood and, indeed, with women everywhere, the redoubtable Ian Shaw … a consummate interpreter” (The Evening Standard)
Nominated for Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the prestigious US Downbeat 82nd Annual Readers' Poll of 2017, “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and the Jazz FM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has recorded a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists. In 2015 Ian signed to Harmonia Mundi's Jazz Village label and recorded his first album, the best-selling The Theory Of Joy for them, released in 2016 to great acclaim. Ian toured the album in Canada, the Far East, Australia and Europe in club dates and at festivals.
Shine Sister Shine is Shaw’s current studio album, also for Jazz Village, and is a celebration of the actions and art of extraordinary women – “an album crammed with sharp pain, deeply felt, then countered with soaring, resonant hope” (Stella Duffy).
Moved by recent world events - the election of a cartoon president whose life is more suited to the high-end romps of a glossy pin-up mag hero - and the subsequent rallying of millions of women, Shaw has penned new songs reflecting two years’ working alongside refugees ('Keep Walking' is a hymn to the resilience of an Eritrean mother, whose life was shredded by civil war and a world that looks the other way. 'Carry On World' stars Shaw's sisters - all five million of them).
Shaw is known as one of the jazz world's supreme interpreters of the popular song form - here showcasing dazzling new arrangements of works by Peggy Lee, Phoebe Snow, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, as well as friends and collaborators closer to home - Sarah Jane Morris, the genre-defying Gwyneth Herbert, Judith Owen Julie Matthews - and a stunning co-write with UK pop legend, Tanita Tikaram, on the title track.
Mornington Lockett Quartet
Saxophonist, composer and teacher Mornington Lockett studied at Dartington College of Arts, gaining a first class honours degree, before moving to London to attend the Guildhall School of Music And Drama as a post-graduate. As a member of the Ronnie Scott Quintet, Mornington toured widely, in the U.K. and internationally. He has recorded albums with Ronnie Scott, Jim Mullen, Stan Tracey, Don Grusin, Martin Drew, Claire Martin, Sarah Jane Morris and Ian Shaw. Recent commercial studio work includes a session with Oasis and even a number of ‘smooth jazz’ albums with Shakatak.
Mornington has also played live with many international jazz artists including Jimmy Smith, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Hendricks, Franco Ambrosetti, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Dave Weckl, Bernard Purdie, Phil Upchurch, Jon Faddis, Ulf Wakenius, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Gabòr Bolla, Nicolas Meier, Gregory Fine, Georgie Fame and Jack DeJohnette.
In 1989 Mornington joined the Jim Mullen Quartet, which became incredibly popular on the UK circuit and effectively launched his career. This led to an invitation for Mornington to lead his own quartet at Ronnie Scott’s Club, and eventually to joining the Ronnie Scott Quintet, which toured all over the world for five years between 1990-1995.
In 1995 Mornington performed in concert with Cuban trumpet star, Arturo Sandoval at the Barbican Hall, and as a result was asked to rejoin the group for part of their U.K. tour. In 2001 Mornington performed for a week at the Jazz Café in London with US blues Hammond organ legend Jimmy Smith. He then worked with Jimmy on all his subsequent visits to the UK and toured Europe extensively with the band in the summer of 2004.
In 2004 Mornington was involved in an ambitious project with the renaissance vocal group ‘Sequentia’, reinterpreting the music of Thomas Tallis for choir and saxophone improvisations in honour of the 500th anniversary of the composer’s birth. A second concert took place in 2006 involving the music of Spanish renaissance composer Victoria.
In May 2008 Mornington participated in a cultural exchange with the Hungarian government, playing a series of concerts in Budapest and London with multi-award-winning Hungarian pianist Béla Szakcsi Lakatos and his trio, which featured, on one occasion, legendary US drummer Jack De Johnette.
Between 2000 and 2010 Mornington was busy working and recording with the late Martin Drew with their co-led group: “New Jazz Couriers”, a tribute to Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes’ famous band from the 1950s. The band released four critically acclaimed albums and won the 2002 British Jazz Award for Best Small Group. In 2005 the group toured the UK with the Swiss trumpet virtuoso Franco Ambrosetti and Mornington was subsequently been invited to Switzerland for a number of concerts and clinics.
In 2008 Mornington worked with is a piano-less trio with bassist Laurence Cottle and drummer Martin Drew, called “LCD.” In November of that year the group joined forces with the celebrated Russian pianist Gregory Fine for a short tour of Samara in Russia. Another tour of Siberia is being planned for 2011 incorporating Claire Martin, Jim Mullen and Ian Thomas.
Mornington Lockett has worked regularly with legendary British pianist and composer Stan Tracey for 15 years. Highlights include a recreation of the iconic 1965 ‘Under Milk Wood’ suite, a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall celebrating the centenary of the birth of Duke Ellington, and a performance of Ellington’s ‘Sacred Music’, at a packed St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2006 as part of Stan’s 80th birthday celebrations. Mornington also appeared with Stan Tracey at the 2009 Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. A new octet album was released in 2010, and the band is currently on a promotional tour.
Other 2010 highlights included the Ronnie Scott's 50th Anniversary Concert with Jon Hendricks and a UK tour, and appearance at the Royal Northern College Of Music Gala Saxophone Day, with Andy Scott and Rob Buckland's nine-saxophone group "Sax-sault".
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