Marlena Shaw dies at the age of 81

Soul and jazz singer Marlena Shaw has died at the age of 81, her death confirmed by Shaw's daughter on her Facebook page. Famed for her much sampled version of Ashford and Simpson's ‘California Soul’ on her 1969 album The Spice of Life, Shaw was …

Published: 20 Jan 2024. Updated: 38 days.

Soul and jazz singer Marlena Shaw has died at the age of 81, her death confirmed by Shaw's daughter on her Facebook page. Famed for her much sampled version of Ashford and Simpson's ‘California Soul’ on her 1969 album The Spice of Life, Shaw was born in New York State and signed to Chess Records in 1966 remaining a recording artist for decades. She was a frequent visitor to UK clubs, particularly London's Jazz Cafe and Ronnie Scott's. RIP

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Gig guide for 22 Jan-28 Jan

RCB Big Band Eastside, Birmingham Monday 22 Jan Ruby Turner Ronnie Scott's, London Monday 22 Jan and Tuesday 23 Jan Sam Braysher Watermill Jazz, Dorking Tues 23 Jan Huw Warren Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tues 23 Jan Rick Margitza quartet East …

Published: 20 Jan 2024. Updated: 38 days.

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RCB Big Band Eastside, Birmingham Monday 22 Jan

Ruby Turner Ronnie Scott's, London Monday 22 Jan and Tuesday 23 Jan

Sam Braysher Watermill Jazz, Dorking Tues 23 Jan

Huw Warren Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tues 23 Jan

Rick Margitza quartet East Hastings Sea Angling Association, Hastings Tues 23 Jan

Pete Long-Ryan Quigley Quintet Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath Wed 24 Jan

Simone Manunza Trio Matt and Phred's, Manchester Wed 24 Jan

Alec Dankworth The Green Room, Henley Wed 24 Jan

Lewis Watson Quartet The Cask, Scarborough Wed 24 Jan

Iain Ballamy Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Wed 24 Jan

Jamil Sheriff's 4in1 Lescar, Sheffield Wed 24 Jan

Simon Spillett Cu Mumbles, Swansea Wed 24 Jan

Jonny Bruce Organ Quartet Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thurs 25 Jan

Huw Warren Quartet Hidden Rooms, Cambridge Thurs 25 Jan

Rob Cope Vortex, London Thurs 25 Jan

Ronnie Bottomley Big Band Seven, Leeds Thurs 25 Jan

Dennis Rollins Velocity trio Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester Thurs 25 Jan

Brandon Allen The Boileroom, Guildford Fri 26 Jan

Mark Crookes and Nigel Price Quartet 1000 Trades, Birmingham Fri 26 Jan

Julian Costello Quartet St Andrew's church, Hove Fri 26 Jan

Dom Pipkin and the Ikos Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Fri 26 Jan

Kate Williams Quartet Crookes Social Club, Sheffield Fri 26 Jan

Ben Shankland Trio Scott's, Belfast Fri 26 Jan

John Law The Hound Dog, Derby Sat 27 Jan

Luca Gianassi Jazz Trio Jazz Cafe, Lincoln Sun 28 Jan

Denny Ilett and Iain Ballamy The Retreat, Reading Sun 28 Jan in the afternoon

Dennis Rollins, pictured, plays in Leicester on Thrsday