October's jazz night at the Underground Theatre looks like it's going to be one of the more unusual ones because of the combination of performers on the bill. Pianist and singer Ian Shaw will be sharing the stage with trumpeter and singer Sue Richardson. The show is expected to be a sparkling evening of jazz standards, both old and new, interspersed with Ian's wry observational humour and the odd surprise tune thrown in for good measure.
Ian's career began on the alternative comedy circuit, alongside such names as Rory Bremner and Jo Brand, until he was spotted by the jazz critic for City Limits, Dave Illic. Now, he tours all over the country and even had his own show at the Edinburgh Festival for most of August this year.He has played at most of the UK's major jazz festivals and was named Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz awards in both 2004 and 2007.
Sue is one of the few female trumpeter/vocalists. She has been playing as part of big bands since she was sixteen and has gigged in fifty countries across the world. Most of her music is written or arranged herself with her quintet in mind. Her most recent project interprets the life of Chet Baker who is one of her great musical loves alongside Ella Fitzgerald.
Underground Theatre, Fri 5th Oct, 20:00.
Tickets £12 (£11 members/students), available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.