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Jazz at Progress: Ian Shaw with Jamie Safir and Mick Hutton

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Fri 3 March 2017, 7:30pm

Ian Shaw - photo credit: Gerhard Richter

  • Ian Shaw vocals
  • Jamie Safir keyboard
  • Mick Hutton double bass

‘Best Jazz Vocalist’ at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and nominated for Best UK Vocalist at the JazzFM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has 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. Shaw was spotted by Dave Illic, jazz critic for City Limits and was described as ‘the voice of the decade’.

Collaborators over the years have included 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. Shaw’s ongoing and highly popular collaboration is a celebrated duet show with Claire Martin, the UK’s finest female jazz singer. Together they have toured the world in an intimate duo setting with Shaw playing piano and with the BBC Big Band. They co-hosted the 2004 BBC Jazz Awards.

In the summer of 2015 Ian signed to Harmonia Mundi's Jazz Village label and recorded his first album with them, The Theory Of Joy, which was released to critical acclaim in 2016.

Shaw’s performance at Progress will include a selection of the highly regarded songs from The Theory of Joy, alongside a number of jazz standards and other contemporary songs, all delivered with his impeccable jazz instincts and muscle, and interspersed with moments of razor-sharp wit. Shaw will be accompanied by up and coming jazz pianist Jamie Safir and veteran bassist Mick Hutton. It promises to be an evening of rollercoaster musical emotion and non-stop entertainment.

Reviews for The Theory Of Joy:

‘…for musical sophistication and emotional intelligence Shaw and his trio leave most of their peers at the starting gate.’ ★★★★ review in The Telegraph

‘Shaw's ability to…cut to the emotional heart of a song…remains astonishing.” ★★★★ review in Jazzwise

Photo credit: Gerhard Richter

Jazz at Progress is presented in association with Jazz in Reading.

His Dark Materials

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by Philip Pullman,
adapted by Nicholas Wright

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

23 March - 1 April 2017, with weekend matinées

Six hours of epic drama, split over two plays. 

Travel between the worlds with Lyra and Will in this epic adaptation of Philip Pullman's famous trilogy: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. There's plenty of adventure, with angels, daemons, harpies, spectres and armoured bears, but also thoughtful insights on parenthood and religious authority.  Actors of all ages, plus puppets, bring over 130 characters to life. This adaptation by Nicholas Wright was such a hit at the National Theatre, that it was given a second run.

His Dark Materials is spread over two plays; you can watch parts 1 and 2 at separate performances or see both on a Saturday. A spectacle you won't want to miss! Suitable for adults and older children.

Part 1: Thu 23 March 7.30, Fri 24 7.30, Sat 25 2.30, Wed 29 7.30, Sat 1 April 2.30

Part 2: Sat 25 March 7.30, Sun 26 2.30, Thu 30 7.30, Fri 31 7.30, Sat 1 April 7.30

Evening performances at 7.30pm, Matinées at 2.30pm.
Doors open half an hour earlier.

If booking parts 1 and 2 in the same transaction, a discount of £2 per ticket is applied at the checkout.

This amateur production of His Dark Materials is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

Progress Premieres

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Progress PremieresMonday 24th April – Saturday 29th April 2017, performances at 7.45pm
Doors open at 7.15pm.

Following on from the success of ten years of WriteFest, and as part of our commitment to supporting local writers and directors, Progress Theatre is proud to present an evening of two one-act plays:

  • Writer Bird by  Emily Goode
  • The Swastika Party by Paul Levy

Local directors - both WriteFest alumni - will be taking the helm for each.

Murder, Margaret & Me

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by Philip Meeks

TypewriterMonday 22 May – Saturday 27 May 2017, performances at 7.45pm
Doors open at 7.15pm.

Agatha Christie didn’t want Margaret Rutherford to bring her fabled spinster to life - and Margaret was mortified at the prospects of sullying her reputation with something as sordid as murder... Murder, Margaret & Me is the story of the real reason why the acting legend and “the funniest woman alive” didn’t want to take on the role that made her celebrated around the world.

This amateur production of Murder, Margaret & Me is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

Betrayal

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by Harold Pinter

Three figures silhouetted in a windowMonday 12 – Saturday 17 June 2017, performances at 7.45pm
Doors open at 7.15pm.

Shown in reverse chronological order, Betrayal explores and explodes the classic love triangle in Harold Pinter’s unconventional fashion, opening with the end of the seven-year-long affair between Emma and Jerry - lifelong friend of her husband Robert - and heading back to its roots. Inspired by Pinter’s real-life affair with Joan Bakewell, each character experiences their own version of betrayal.

This amateur production of Betrayal is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

The Tempest

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by William Shakespeare

The Tempest by WaterhouseTuesday 11 – Saturday 15 July 2017, performances at 7.45pm
Doors open at 7.15pm.

Summoning a storm, the magician Prospero - rightful Duke of Milan - shipwrecks his usurping brother Antonio and King Alonso of Naples on his island exile. Surrounded by his menagerie of spirits and monsters, the vengeful Prospero takes control, punishing his spiteful, scheming brother and matching lovers Miranda and Ferdinand.

Presented by Progress Youth Theatre.

The Wind in the Willows

By Kenneth Grahame, adapted by Mike Kenny

Wind in the Willows19 - 29 July 2017 at Caversham Court Gardens

Mole, Toad, Ratty and Badger are brought to life as they tell the tale of the events at Toad Hall in this playful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic children's book, perfectly suited to the beautiful and enchanting setting of Caversham Court Gardens.

why not bring a picnic and some fizz to one of the area's favourite annual events, presented by Reading's longest-running open-air theatre production? With a laid back atmosphere in one of the area's prettiest locations by Grahame's beloved Thames, The Wind in the Willows will be enjoyed by the whole family.

Tickets will be on sale in  2017 - they tend to sell quickly, so watch this space for news.

This amateur production of The Wind in the Willows is presented by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books Ltd