Ian Shaw with Iain Ballamy and Jamie Safir

‘Last Night When We Were Young’

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Last Show: Friday 31 st May 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

'Last Night When We Were Young' is a new collaboration between three of the UK’s leading jazz musicians playing in chamber format: legendary saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy (Gil Evans, Bill Bruford, Joanna MacGregor, Carla Bley), his contemporary, vocalist Ian Shaw (Quincy Jones, Kurt Elling, Cedar Walton, Liane Carroll) and one of the finest young pianists of his generation Jamie Safir (Claire Martin, Will Young, Alice Zawadzki, Judi Jackson). It focusses on the sonic and emotional connection of the voice with Ballamy’s saxophone and with the young Safir’s astonishing piano stylings, affording the three musicians more space to stretch out. The material is about human connections - friendships, relationships, positive and otherwise - and plunders 80 years of the popular song form. Featuring new arrangements of songs of love and hope – from the title song to 'What’s New?', 'Mad About The Boy' as well as the Bacharach and David classics 'Alfie' and 'You’ll Never Get To Heaven', it also draws on the connection of Ballamy and Shaw who have known one another almost since the start of both their careers - Iain appeared on four of Ian's albums in the earlier days - so this work is a timely reunion.