John Shaw & The Jazz Alliance – War Lords


John Shaw & The Jazz Alliance – War Lords

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John Michael Shaw was born in Dallas, Texas in 1967, the son of trumpeter Marvin Shaw who had played with Bob Wilis and Hal McIntyre and singer Jane Davis Amsler Shaw, who recorded professionally as Jayne Ames for Dallas’ 90th Floor Records label in 1960. John Shaw began playing the piano at age four, and became interested in Jazz while attending high shool. He graduated from Memphis State University in 1992 with a degree in music education and has performed with a number of Jazz groups including Renardo Ward’s Memphis Jazztet and the Sanctuary Jazz Orchestra. He has composed music in both the Classical and Jazz traditions, some fifty or so compositions in all as of 2016. His current groups include John Shaw’s Magnolia Triangle (a Jazz trio) and John Shaw & The Jazz Alliance (the trio with saxophone and trumpet added). His style of Jazz piano is firmly rooted in the bop and post-bop traditions, with diverse influences that include the Memphis and New Orleans piano traditions and 20th-century Classical piano music, as well as the music of bebop pioneer Herbie Nichols. Besides musical compositions and performance, John Shaw has also been a music industry clinician, a music journalist and a musicologist. His articles have been published in several magazines covering genres from Hip-Hop to Soul and Blues.


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