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Lee Shaw Trio


Inspired by Oscar Peterson.
Inspiration to John Medeski.

NPR’s Piano Jazz regards Lee Shaw, along with Marian McPartland and the late Mary Lou Williams, as one of jazz’s premier woman pianists. Richard Ginell of All Music Guide says that Lee Shaw is a rare thing in jazz — an unabashed melodist.

Jazz Times’ Bill Milkowski calls Lee Shaw one of the unsung elders of jazz. The Davis Enterprise says it simply — Shaw’s a swinging lady! She plays tunes from the “American Songbook.” She plays obscure to well-known jazz standards. She plays original compositions. She plays jazz — deep blue chords, prancing melodies, unadulterated swing! And she does it all with youthful energy that comes when you do something you truly enjoy.

At age 84, Lee Shaw has distilled six decades of jazz piano in a style all her own. A style perfected accompanying jazz greats like Dexter Gordon, Zoot Sims, Sarah Vaughan, Thad Jones and others. A style garnered from her lessons with Oscar Peterson and shared with her student John Medeski. A style inspired by the fleetness of Bud Powell, the humor of Monkand the introspection of Evans.

After decades of sticking close to her home in Albany, NY, Lee Shaw is spreading her wings and the gospel of jazz piano throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Born in Ada, Oklahoma, in 1926, Lee Shaw studied classical piano while attending college in Chicago. It was there that she fell in love with jazz and drummer Stan Shaw. The couple moved to New York City where they played at Birdland and other top venues...

Eventually, the Shaws relocated to Albany, New York. There, they worked with all the first-call musicians who came through town. Lionel Hampton was among one of many band leaders that was so impressed with Lee’s playing that he offered her a job with his band. Lee preferred to stay close to home and perform with her husband and other area musicians. After Stan’s death in 2001, Lee began working with her current trio, recording three CDs and appearing in concert in the U.S. and Europe.

Career Highlights
• Inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (1993), joining jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and Charlie Christian.
• Named among the Ten Highly Successful Woman Graduates of the Oklahoma College for Women.
• Honorary Doctorate from The College of St. Rose (Albany), where she has taught since 1993.
• The Lee Shaw Jazz Festival in Reutlingen, Germany (2008)
• Appeared on NPR’s Piano Jazz (1986)

Lee Shaw began working with bassist Rich Syracuse in the early 1990s, and drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel in 2001. Together they have perfected the fine art of the jazz trio.

Rich Syracuse: A mainstay of the New York scene for more than two decades, bassist Rich Syracuse is best known for his playing in the Nick Brignola Quartet. He has also lent his support to Mose Allison, Randy Brecker, the Brubeck Brothers and others. He has appeared in clubs and festivals in Europe as well as Southern Africa.

Jeff “Siege” Siegel: A versatile drummer, Jeff has performed and recorded with a who’s who of jazz players including Benny Golson, Leo Wadada Smith, Kenny Burrell, Kurt Elling and others. He was a member of the Roland Hanna Trio from 1991 to 1994. According to saxophonist Jimmy Heath, “Jeff’s musicality is incredible.”

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