Guy Barker and Ian Shaw
Barker and Shaw at the Movies
Award-winning trumpeter, composer and broadcaster Guy Barker joins forces with award-winning jazz vocalist, pianist and broadcaster Ian Shaw in an evening celebrating the fabulous force that is The Cinema. Behind the scenes, the bad, the bitchy, the beautiful, black and white romance, gangland murder and mayhem; Chaplin, Bogart, Baloo and Bond. With no apology, this jazz odd couple present a musical Babylon for all tastes . . . but no popcorn or children! With Guy’s mother an actress, his father a stuntman, and Ian’s childhood an obsessive period of black and white films and musty old Picturegoers handed down from an aunt, this two hour two-hander is a must.
‘Simply a great musical night out. Virtuoso playing and Shaw’s playful vocals will melt the hardest winter.’
Twice named ‘Best Jazz Vocalist’ at the BBC Jazz Awards, Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed albums and has been cited as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists. Shaw’s career began on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. He is much in demand throughout Europe and also in the States and his appearances on TV include guest slots with Jools Holland, Top of the Pops and BBC2's The Review Show. Collaborators over the years include Quincy Jones, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, Cleo Laine and Claire Martin, with whom he has toured the world and co-hosted the 2004 BBC Jazz Awards. His 2008 album Lifejacket cemented his reputation as a fine song-writer as well as a great jazz singer. Shaw was for some time the presenter on BBC Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 and is a regular on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4. In 2011 Shaw joined Rory Bremner on a UK stand-up tour where he firmly returned to his roots by performing a mix of comedy and original songs. To celebrate the landmark birthday of the legendary songwriter, Joni Mitchell, Shaw undertook a tour, Joni at 70 - Ian Shaw Sings Joni Mitchell, sometimes inviting the award-winning jazz singer, Claire Martin, to guest.
British trumpet maestro Guy Barker joined The National Youth Jazz Orchestra at 13 and within a few years established himself with studio work and engagements for the BBC and with bandleaders such as John Dankworth. As a session musician his credits include George Benson, Sting, Quincy Jones and Wham! He toured and recorded with Gil Evans in 1983 and in 1986 was nominated for an All Music Award and performed with the LSO as trumpet soloist. He took part in Ornette Coleman's memorable series of European concerts, was featured in the orchestra supporting Frank Sinatra on three of the great singer's tours and has accompanied a number of other major voices including Georgie Fame, Liza Minnelli and Cleo Laine. The trumpeter cut his first album as leader in 1989 and in 1992 appeared as soloist with the RPO in a performance of John Dankworth’s trumpet concerto. In 1994 Guy won Best Trumpeter at the British Jazz Awards and in 1995, his widely-acclaimed debut for the Verve label, 'Into The Blue,' was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The great film director Anthony Mingella invited Guy to arrange six Jazz standards for his next feature film The Talented Mr. Ripley, which was released to terrific acclaim in 1999. Guy also appears in the film with his quintet, and is joined in a performance of 'My Funny Valentine' by lead actor Matt Damon. Other projects have included The Amadeus Suite, a set of pieces inspired by Mozart opera characters, all the trumpet work and some acting in the play 'Lenny' featuring Eddie Izzard as Lenny Bruce and tours with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the London Sinfonietta.
Date: Friday 12th June 2015
Venue: The Old Hall, North Deighton