Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy, Jamie Safir in 'What's New'

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Last Show: Sunday 19 th September 2021

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

'What’s New' was a timely coming together of three of the UK’s leading jazz musicians playing in chamber format: multi-award winning vocalist Ian Shaw (Kurt Elling, Guy Barker, Liane Carroll), his contemporary the legendary saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy (Gil Evans, Bill Bruford, Carla Bley) and one of the finest young pianists of his generation Jamie Safir (Claire Martin, Will Young, Judi Jackson). Their interplay also draws on the connection of Ballamy and Shaw who have known one another almost since the start of both their careers. The material is about human connections - friendships, relationships, positive and otherwise - and plunders 80 years of the popular song form. These are new arrangements of songs of love and hope – from the title song of their recording to Bernstein’s 'Some Other Time' as well as the Bacharach/David classics 'Alfie' and 'You’ll Never Get To Heaven' alongside works by Legrand, Jobim and Ellington.

“Three great jazz voices entwining. Captivating.”

Robert Elms, BBC Radio London