Shaw start to jazz season

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Sheffield Jazz kicks off its spring season with a visit by singer Ian Shaw on Friday, January 24.

Ian’s singing has been described as exciting, edgy and provocative.

He blends jazz with elements from soul, blues and pop with a nice line in sharp wit, honed during his days on the alternative cabaret circuit.

Ian was named Best Jazz Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004.

His acclaimed 2006 album Drawn to All Things – the songs of Joni Mitchell - saw him “praised far and wide as the single greatest male jazz vocalist Britain has to offer” by Jazz Times. He appears at the group’s regular Friday venue, the Millennium Hall on Ecclesall Road.

Next up on January 31 is Gary Crosby’s Groundation.

Acclaimed bassist and band leader Gary, famous for the storming Jazz Jamaica All Stars, shifts his focus for this new, more intimate project.

Sheffield Jazz describes it as “progressive jazz with some Afrobeat accents interspersed with thoughtful ballads.”

The Kit Downes Quintet make a return visit to Sheffield Jazz on February 7.

Pianist Kit is known as a gifted composer and sparkling improviser.

With bands Neon, Troyka, or his own trio, he brings an understated verve and earthy brilliance to the music.

The quintet expands his musical palate to include plenty of rich, deep, expressive sounds.

Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra graduate Dennis Rollins brings his Velocity Trio on Valentine’s Night.

Virtuoso trombonist Dennis, who is from Bentley, has played at the forefront of UK jazz, funk and pop for 25 years.

An award-winning leader in his own right, his latest project is the Velocity Trio, a brilliant marriage of refined contemporary jazz arrangements with simmering funk grooves.

This unique trombone, Hammond organ and drums line-up both honours and pushes forward the jazz tradition.

Other bands in the line-up include the Jean Toussaint Quartet on March 21 and the Julian Siegel Quartet on May 9.

The Jay Phelps Sextet make Projections of Miles at the Crucible Studio on March 14 and Get the Blessing appear at Sheffield University Students’ Union on March 27.

The season comes to a close with a real treat, a visit by Anita Wardell singing with the Dave O’Higgins Quartet on May 19.

For more information, go to www.sheffieldjazz.co.uk. Advance tickets are available from wegottickets.com.