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Ian Shaw & Liane Carroll

Tonight we feature the hugely popular, multiple award-winning singer and pianist Liane Carroll, performing a soulful set of songs, from early Songbook to more contemporary material (Tom Waits, Todd Rundgren and Burt Bacharach).

Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years. Born in London and raised in Hastings; from the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song. Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined in 2016 at Finsbury Parks Hospital in the Park festival. She appeared with them again at Glastonbury Festival 2017.

Ian Shaw, winner of the BBC Jazz Awards ‘Best Vocalist’ award, has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as being one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists. Ian regularly presents for BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4, Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show as well as for JazzFM and performs regularly throughout the UK and internationally. As an actor, Shaw performed in Jerry Springer: The Opera in the role of warm-up man/devil, which was created for him.

The shows with these two singer-pianists are now legendary, not to say notorious, and are not for the faint-hearted. Two stunning voices, two magnificent singer-pianists, two great friends whose rapport makes every gig they play as informal as a kitchen sing-song. Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll have four BBC jazz awards between them and, as great friends since meeting on a European tour twenty years ago, have collaborated on many concerts and projects, as well as guesting on each other’s recordings.

Their version of Carole King’s “You’ve Got A Friend” has been performed as the closing number in shows from London and Warsaw to Glasgow and Barbados. They bring personality, musical class and incorrigible wit to a repertoire that covers the jazz songbook, contemporary songs as well as their own originals. Prepare for an emotional roller coaster with this multi award winning pair.

Support for this gig is from
Emma Holcroft Quintet
Kicking off the night once again we welcome the Emma Holcroft Quintet. You last saw Emma here with Swingtime Big Band and Andy Prior, and she supported Liane last time out. A cracking Jazz combo, Emma will get us off to a roaring start for this very special Chritsmas night.

Guy Walsh Drums – Ed Harrison Bass – Eileen Guppy Piano – Clifford Ray Trumpet