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2 June 1962, St. Asaph, Wales. Shaw studied piano and music theory at Kings College, London, where he gained a Bachelor of Music in 1983. He later encountered Mel Tormé in Amsterdam, a stimulus that still informs his performances. In 1987 he returned to London, forming the soul/rock band Brave New World with keyboard player Adrian York. He appeared at Ronnie Scotts jazz club and toured Europe with virtuoso blues and jazz vocalist Carol Grimes. This association yielded 1989s Lazy Blue Eyes. He won a Perrier Award, was nominated Best British Jazz Singer by The Guardian newspaper, and guested on Fairground Attractions First Of A Million Kisses album. In 1992, Shaw released Ghostsongs on Ronnie Scotts Jazz House label. The set showcased Shaws catholic taste, from Duke Ellington to Charles Mingus, including a haunting interpretation of Danny Boy. It captured his astounding vocal range, dipping into scat and occasionally...