Twice Winner of “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the prestigious BBC Jazz Awards.
Ian is a gifted pianist, song writer, comedian, broadcaster and record producer, but his greatest gift of all is as a jazz singer - one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers that the UK has produced and indeed he has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.
His earlier UK recordings include three on the Ronnie Scott’s Jazzhouse record label. On the strength of these Shaw was signed to the Milestone label for whom his first release was a co-billing with piano legend Cedar Walton (In A New York Minute - 1999). This was followed up by Soho Stories, again with Cedar Walton. A World Still Turning (recorded at the famous Avatar Studio in 2003) had guests including pianist Billy Childs and featured a duet with Shaw’s mentor, Mark Murphy.
Shaw’s 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 the UK has to offer” by Jazz Times USA.
His 2012 album, A Ghost In Every Bar, inspired Jazz Times to report: “The Welsh vocalist remains the gentlest of troubadours and most nakedly magical of storytellers”.
In 2016 Shaw tours Greater China and to launch his 14th Album – The Theory of Joy. “This new album puts Shaw right back where he belongs - Simply, our finest jazz singer" - Time Out
Allen Youngblood is one of the world finest Jazz pianists. He has multiple co-operations with a lot of renowned Jazz Masters.
Performed with： Ernestine Anderson, Willie Bobo, Lewis Nash, Gary Peacock, Denny Goodhew, Lonnie Plaxico, Hadley Caliman, Clayton-Hamilton Big Band, Pete Christlieb, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Art Farmer, Jimmy Hamilton, James Moody, Julian Priester, Red Rodney, Charlie Rouse, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Zoot Sims, Jack Walrath, Bill Waltrous, Bert Wilson, Clarence “Gatemouth” Briwn, Cash McCall, Duke Robillard, Paul Jeffrey, Eddie Clearwater, Martha Reeves, the Vandellas, Elvin Bishop and Ian Shaw.
A native of Prescott, Ariz., Charles Foldesh began playing drums at age 10. A recipient of the John Coltrane Scholarship, Foldesh received his degree in jazz studies and performance at the conservatory under the instruction of jazz legend Billy Hart. Since graduation, Foldesh has toured the eastern United States, as well as parts of South America and Asia. He often performs with internationally recognized artists and has shared the stage with Marcus Belgrave, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gary Bartz, Claude Black, Joey DeFrancesco, George Benson, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, John Clayton, Bryan Lynch, and Claudio Roditi. He has appeared at the Texas International Jazz Festival, the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Festival, the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Shanghai (JZ) International Jazz Festival (China), and the LaPatai International Jazz Festival (Uruguay).
Foldesh now resides in Shanghai, China. He is the house-band drummer for Asia's number one English-speaking, night-time talk show, “Asia Uncut with Jon Niermann,” which reaches more than 200 million viewers in 59 countries.
Finely balanced between smooth and bold, Scott’s versatile style of playing is an essential component to any live music band, particularly jazz. The melodic and imaginative interpretations of musical compositions expressed through the rich warm tones he created makes Scott stand out as a distinctive musician.
After graduating from The Canberra School Of Music (Australian National University) in 1996, being proficient on both electric and double bass, Scott has been in constant demand as a bass player for more than 20 years. He has worked throughout Australia performing anything from high profile Jazz concerts to smaller club venues. Some of the people Scott has played or studied with include Giacamo Gates (USA), Andrew Firth (AUS), Ketter Betts (USA), Dave Holland (UK) and Gregory Hutchinson (USA).
Over the past 4 years in Hong Kong, Scott has performed with Ian Shaw, Angelia Lim, Eugene Pao, Ted Lo, Sandy Lam, Khalil Fong, Antonio Hart, Jason Chan, Jun Kung, George Lam, Alex Lam and Michael Wong. Before moving to Hong Kong, Scott had spent quite some time working with other local and international musicians in Shanghai and Macau.