Saxophonist, composer Evan Shaw has been an active member of the Toronto jazz and creative music scene for the past 5 years. After graduating from St. F.X. University in 1990, Evan spent two years in Boston were he graduated from New England Conservatory with a Master in Music. Through these years he studied improvisation and composition with artists such as Jimmy Guiffre, Bevan Manson, Ran Blake, George Garzone, Lee Hyla, Greg Carter, Gene Smith, Bruce Dudley and Andy Wienzler.
Performance and recording highlights include the CD Now & Now Again with Kenny Wheeler and the Maritime Jazz Orchestra. Evan Co-founded the original composition-based "new jazz" sextet Out of Order in 1995; the group has two independently released CDs and has performed throughout Eastern Canada and Toronto, including repeat appearances at the Du Maurier Jazz Festivals in Toronto and Halifax, Fredericton Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Hear TO Go Festival (Toronto) and most recently the 2004 Distillery Jazz Festival and Soundstreams Canada's 2004 Lecture and Film Series at Ryerson University.
The past year has provided opportunities to perform with artists such as Peggy Lee, Dylan Van der Schyff, Reuben Radding, Justin Haynes, Ron Samworth, Jean Martin, Michael Bates, Mike Murley, David Braid, Myk Freedman's St.Dirt Elementary School, Allison Cameron, Brodie West and many others. Evan also continues to work with ongoing collaborators Ken Aldcroft, Joe Sorbara, Geordie Haley and visual artist June Pak.