Gig Details

Friday 18 January. 19:30 – 22:15.

At Crucible Studio (in collaboration with Music in the Round)

Full £17, Concessions £13.50, Students with NUS card £8, and under 16s £3. Advance tickets available from Crucible box office: 0114 249 6000 and

Liane Carroll: vocals, piano; Ian Shaw: vocals, piano

An unmissable opportunity to see two of the UK’s most treasured jazz vocalists. Two stunning voices, two magnificent singer-pianists, two great friends whose rapport makes every gig they play as informal as a kitchen sing-song. 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.

“Carroll and Shaw are stellar singer-pianists alone. Together, they light up the stage with their often mischievous flights of soulful and swinging improvisation”… Jazzwise.

Ian Shaw was winner of the 2018 Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award, and he 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. Recent appearances by them together by the time of this concert will have been Salisbury, Salzburg and the Cambridge International Jazz Festival.

Liane Carroll

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, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE 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.

Equally at home in intimate jazz venues and vast performance spaces, in the summer of 2016 Liane took part in the BBC Late Night Proms performing at The Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Of Scotland.

Liane is a great supporter of young and emerging artists and is much in demand by youth orchestras, ensembles and colleges for her inspirational approach to teaching. She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the revered Guildhall School Of Music and Drama.

As a recording artist Liane has gained much critical acclaim. Her four most recent albums (Slow Down, Up and Down, Ballads, Seaside) all earned a four star review in The Guardian newspaper. Her latest release Seaside (Linn Records), homage to her life by the coast, is her third with Grammy nominated producer James McMillan of QuietMoney Studios and holds a coveted British Jazz Award for Best New CD (2015).

“She seems in some magical way to be made out of music”…The Observer

“Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest”…
The Times

“Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz. She is jazz“…’’MOJO Magazine

Ian Shaw

Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the Jazz FM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.

Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. During the next few years Shaw moved from the singer-pianist format to working with his new band to an eventual move into jazz. Shaw has toured extensively in the UK – regular venues include the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls, Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club, The Vortex, the Jazz Café and The Barbican. He has also performed regularly in the States including Jazz at the Lincoln Center (New York) and elsewhere. His appearances on TV include guest slots with Jools Holland, Top of the PopsThe Jack Dee ShowChristmas Night with the Stars (BBC), Channel 4’s The Happening, TVAM, BBC Breakfast Show, BBC 2’s A Night of Love, BBC 2’s Jazz at the 606 alongside numerous appearances on the Performance and Artsworld channels. More recently Channel 4 filmed him with Liane Carroll for their series, Random Acts.

Other collaborators over the years have been many and include Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Mornington Lockett, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano and Joe Beck.

Lifejacket, Shaw’s 2008 album, 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, BBC Radio London and Jazz FM. Ian currently presents The Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show for Jazz FM in the UK.

In the summer of 2015 Ian signed to Harmonia Mundi’s Jazz Village label and recorded his first album The Theory Of Joy for them, which was released in February 2016 to great acclaim. “Shine Sister Shine”, Ian’s next album for the Jazz Village label, was recorded in July 2017, again in the with-trio format, and was released in the UK on November 2017 on CD and digital with the vinyl and international released in the Spring of 2018.

“a masterly vocalist… one of the finest singers in contemporary music interprets some of the greatest songs of the last 50 years.”…Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz

“Praised far and wide as the greatest male jazz singer Britain has to offer.”…Jazz Times (US)

“One of the finest singers in contemporary music.”…All About Jazz (US)

“The gifted, technically awesome and theatrically witty singer whose improvisational skill and gambler’s instinct to work on everything.”…The Guardian