London Jazz Festival: Ian Shaw and Sachal Vasandani

Sunday, 11th Nov 2012

Sunday 11th November 2012, Tickets £15, Doors 7pm, Performance 8.30pm (2 sets, approx finish 11pmLogo for the London Jazz Festival)

A trans-Atlantic treat that simply can't be surpassed as the UK's top singer/pianist invites Chicago's red-hot vocal star for this Festival exclusive.

Ian Shaw - piano & vocals
Sachal Vasandani - vocals


BBC jazz award winning vocalist Ian Shaw posing in the winter coldIan and Sachal

Ian first heard Sachal Vasandani on a MySpace link sent by a friend - in Ian's words, "Recorded, he was understated, tender even, but with a direct and swinging allegiance to the great phrasers and improvisers we all love - Shirley Horn, Carmen, Chet, Jon Hendricks" (who is also a Sachal fan and has gone on to record with him).

Introductions were made and it was soon clear that both artists' creative intrigue had been piqued - when Ian descended upon Birdland in 2010 with the Ronnie Scott's All-Stars, Sachal was sold and a UK trip was inevitable - they first teamed up for a few numbers at that year's London Jazz Festival, as Ian recalls, "I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him at The Elgar Room in The Albert Hall. I was playing the piano and singing and we had so much fun. His onstage musical mischief and adventurous music making gives mine a jog through the park and back again." That cameo combination led to a full show at The Pizza Express- Ian was thrilled to join up with Sachal again and remarked that it was "a night to Chicago vocal star Sachal Vasandani during a rousing performanceremember".

One great gig should always inspire another and that's why they have chosen to stage this very special show at Hideaway for this year's Festival. Combining classic material from both sides of The Pond with a contest of wit and charm, these gripping performers will tease the very best from each other - pushing to ever greater heights, and daring the other to respond in kind.


IA black and white publicity shot of star vocalist Ian Shawan Shaw

“Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. An incredibly colourful character, he has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world's finest male jazz vocalists.

His appearances on TV include guest slots with Jools Holland, Top of the Pops, The Jack Dee Show, Christmas Night with the Stars (BBC), C4’s The Happening, TVAM, BBC Breakfast Show, BBC 2’s A Night of Love, BBC 2’s Jazz at the 606 and, more recently, numerous appearances on the Performance and Artsworld channels.

Shaw is a regular on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 and his album, cemented his reputation as a fine song-writer as well as a great jazz singer.

“One of the scene's class acts..” - The Guardian

“..our finest Jazz singer” - Time Out

“an eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul” - BBC

“an artist on top of his game” - Jazzwise.


Sachal Vasandani

American singer Sachal Vasandani beaming at the end of a songWith his breakthrough 2007 debut, Eyes Wide Open, vocalist/composer/arranger Sachal Vasandani established himself as one of the most promising voices in modern jazz. A 2010 DownBeat "Rising Star" poll winner (having previously won their Collegiate Jazz Vocalist award), Vasandani presented his distinctive blend of jazz and pop with the critically acclaimed release, We Move, in 2009.

Vasandani’s third Mack Avenue release, Hi-Fly, confirms the high praise showered on its two predecessors and proves the singer is one of the freshest, most versatile artists to emerge onto the scene in recent memory. Produced by renowned Grammy® award winning bassist John Clayton and Grammy nominated Mack Avenue EVP of A&R Al Pryor, both long-time supporters, Hi-Fly is an exciting mix of standards, originals and pop covers showcasing Vasandani’s ability to filter a wide range of material through his highly individual vision.

 “Vasandani is a superbly musical singer, evidenced here on a couple of rollicking duets with 89-year-old Jon Hendricks on which the young pretender matches anything the wily old master can throw at him.” - MOJO (UK)

“With a wistful Chet Baker-ish tone and a laconic, melancholy to his delivery, Vasandani is the perfect low-key antidote to X Factor-style 'over-souling', this guy's the real deal.” – Time Out UK