A Mads Mathias Christmas

Featuring Ian Shaw

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Last Show: Thursday 14 th December 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Join Danish jazz star Mads Mathias and his quartet for a celebration of Christmas music from the Great American Songbook alongside Mads’ own swinging, seasonal originals. Expect to hear your favourite Christmas classics, such as 'Let It Snow', 'Baby Its' Cold Outside', 'Winter Wonderland', 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', 'The Christmas Song', 'White Christmas', 'When You Wish Upon A Star', 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town'. On this first night Mads will be joined by venue favourite Ian Shaw, to create a suitably yuletide and ‘hyggelig’ atmosphere.

Mads Mathias

Described by Danish daily broadsheet Politiken as “Denmark’s leading male jazz vocalist” and by Gaffa as “an international star in the making”, Mads Mathias is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter and saxophonist, who has captured the hearts of music lovers with his charismatic performances, spirited personality and creative original songs. 

Inspired and influenced by the great jazz vocalists of the past and present from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra to Harry Connick Jr, and with a deep respect for the jazz tradition, Mathias is nevertheless an original talent with a unique and effortlessly charming vocal delivery and a skill for writing catchy and memorable, stylishly crafted tunes. Mathias returns to the UK after a sold-out tour last year including the London, Cheltenham and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals, and guest appearances at this year's 'Swing no End' BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and EFG London Jazz Festival's 'Jazz Voice' at the Royal Festival Hall.

Ian Shaw

“Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the Jazz FM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has already amassed 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.

Band Lineup

Mads Mathias (vocals/tenor sax)

Ian Shaw (vocals/piano)

Peter Rosendal (piano/flugelbone)

Morten Ankarfeldt (double bass)

Steve Hanley (drums)