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Cecil Shaw: Revisiting the Lost Art of Scatting and Motown Stylings at Cock and Bull British Pub

May 01, 2013 12:16PM ● Published by Corinne Moore

Cecil Shaw is an alumnus of Soul Train and Motown music.

Grammy Award-winner Charley Pride opened for Shaw in January 2013 at the Presidential Inaugural Ball for The President of The United States of America, Barack Obama. The Black Tie and Boots Gala was the biggest gala in Washington, D.C. and Shaw represented Texas with his Motown style.

The veteran entertainer is a second-generation music composer, writer, artist, producer and publisher. He learned the music industry from his father Gospel legend Brother Cecil L. Shaw Senior and his great uncle Blues legend Thomas Edgar Shaw. Brother Shaw (Shaw’s father) was also a writer, artist composer, and producer at Houston’s own famed Blues label Duke & Peacock Records owned by Don Robey. (Robey was also the owner of The Bronze Peacock Dinner Club. Houston’s House of Blues pays homage to this history by naming one of their music halls the Bronze Peacock Room.) The elder Shaw wrote songs for the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, Staple Singers, The Williams Brothers, The Winstons, The Union Harmonizers and others.  He was also a favorite singer to musician Ray Charles.

You can safely assume that entertaining is in his blood.

Shaw graduated from Kashmere High School in Houston in 1966. He then was one of the first black men to enroll at San Jacinto College's central campus in Pasadena, which at that time The Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) lived next door and claimed, "There would be no black faces on that campus.” But that did not deter this humble soul man. This just shows the kind of character the entertainer has. I bet Chuck Norris wishes he was as tough as Cecil Shaw… or even had that mega-watt smile!

Early in his career, Shaw performed with The Main Ingredient, The 5th Dimensions, Norman Conners, The Jazz Crusaders, and many others. In fact, another career highlight was singing for approximately three years with Stevie Wonder’s music company "Black Bull Publishing and Productions." He performed on Soul Train in 1974 on the same day as Jerry Butler and The Delfonics.

Witness the captivating Shaw during his live show as he revisits the lost art of scatting at the Cock and Bull British Pub located at 3659 NASA Parkway in Seabrook. “The famous art of scatting started back in the early 1930s by Benjamin Sherman ‘Scatman’ Crothers, then ‘Scatman’ John came along in the 1990s,” said Shaw. “Now we have ‘Scatman’ Cecil Shaw in 2013!”

Shaw’s live performances will also include Motown and jazz nights.

Coincidentally, Shaw’s first show at the Cock and Bull on May 9 is also his CD release party. The new CD, “Outside Music for Your Inside Mind,” features Shaw’s vocal scatting, songs from Shaw’s own company Chameleon Publishing, and an array of incredible instrumentalist musicians. “Special recognition goes to Bruce Middleton who is a very good friend and classmate from ThunderSoul Kashmere Alumni on alto sax.  Kevin Cowart is on tenor sax,” said Shaw. “Nino Villanueva is the sound engineer and Beverly Caruthers is the co-producer and co-publisher.”

Speaking of Chameleon Publishing, in 2010, musicians Jamie Foxx and T-Pain won R&B Song of the Year for “Blame It” at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. The “lizard is out of the bag” as the song was published through Shaw’s own Chameleon Publishing and BMI. Visit www.chameleon-publishing.com for more information.

On May 9, Shaw will also be celebrating the Second Annual Bronze Peacock Awards www.bronzepeacockawards.com.

Shaw, a robust baby boomer, shows no signs of slowing down. His contagious enthusiasm and how he loves to involve the audience in his performances makes Shaw’s shows so enjoyable and memorable. Spend an enchanting evening in Seabrook and enjoy a delightful Cecil Shaw performance. You will be singing “Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop” for quite awhile afterwards.

Visit www.TheCockAndBullBritishPub.com for Shaw’s performance schedule.

Contact Shaw at [email protected] or 281-570-8339 for booking information or visit www.cecilshaw.com or www.facebook.com/cecil.shaw.

Live Music, In Print “Blame It" “Outside Music for Your Inside Mind” 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Barack Obama Beverly Caruthers Black Bull Publishing and Productions Bronze Peacock Awards Bruce Middleton Cecil L. Shaw Senior Cecil Shaw Chameleon Publishing Charley Pride Cock and Bull Cock and Bull British Pub Don Robey Duke & Peacock Records Five Blind Boys of Mississippi Jamie Foxx Jerry Butler Kashmere High School Kevin Cowart Nino Villanueva Norman Conners R&B Song of the Year Ray Charles San Jacinto College Staple Singers Stevie Wonder T-Pain The 5th Dimensions The Black Tie and Boots Gala The Delfonics The Jazz Crusaders The Main Ingredient The President of The United States of America The Union Harmonizers The Williams Brothers The Winstons ThunderSoul ThunderSoul Kashmere Alumni

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