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Multi-instrumentalist Leonard Shaw’s  music spans the genres from blues to R & B to jazz to funk to rock, and has  been plying his keyboard-saxophone-vocalizing & flute talents all over Canada and the U.S. In 1990 he played his first gig  with the touring version of The Guess Who,  and joined the band  through the nineties and 2004 until 2023.  A graduate of Grant MacEwan Music College in Edmonton , Shaw began his career in Winnipeg with the seminal rock/funk horn based Mojo and the Nighthawks in the late 60’s, then in the early 70's experimenting in  Free Jazz with the Dale Russell Music Ensemble at the Ting Tea Room, before grooving up to Junior Barnes and the Cadillacs.  In Toronto he played with  Backstreet,  Ian Thomas, Ian Hunter, Terry Crawford and the late Dianne Heatherington.  Both in Toronto and  in Winnipeg on the casino’s mainstage, Shaw has been sought after as a sideman for numerous artists including Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, Ben E. King, Peter Noone, Mark Lindsey, Lesley Gore, Sue Medley, Freddie Cannon, The Marvellettes, The Crystals, The Coasters,  the Drifters and Jay and the Techniques.

Leonard acknowledges that he would not have had the opportunity to pursue music as a career without the inspiration, love and support of his parents; and  growth through early lessons, school and band music programs. 


Shaw’s CD “Living Room” displays the wide range of styles from jazz to blues and pop that he is known for. 

“Barely Blue”: a broadcast recording for CBC features the Hammond B 3 organ - features two former sidemen with Lennie Breau; Ron Halldorson (guitar)  and Reg Kelln; (drums) as well as Gilles Fournier (bass). 

"The Lewsh Project" is an all original  collaboration  of music written with Sandy Chochinov and Dave Garber that reaches back to their inspirational blues roots.

"displaced pieces" is an eclectic collaboration with Sandy Chochinov of original compositions, featuring various guests including Emm Gryner, and guitarists Dave Garber, Larry Roy, Will Evankovich, Derek Sharp, and Dorian Braun on different tracks.


Around Winnipeg you  may have caught Shaw rocking' out 16 years of Sunday Nights at the Kings Head  Pub ; or jazz and blues in a duo or trio;  or with The Ministers of Cool  performing the music of Steely Dan and other great grooves.



2023 - Plein D'Amour, The Guess Who

2020 -  Displaced Pieces. Sandy Chochinov & Leonard Shaw

2018 - The Future Is What It Used to Be, The Guess Who

2018 - Muchacho, Sandy Chochinov

2018 - Only of Earth, Emm Gryner 

2016 -  What's The Rush,Tracy K

2013 – The Lewsh Project 

2013 –This Time, Leanne Goose

2012 - Cinderella Waves, Sandy Chochinov & Friends

2011 - The Ministers of Cool, Ministers of Cool

2010 - A Life, Sandy Chochinov

2009 - Stop Look & Listen,  Sandy Chochinov 

2009 - In Concert, The Guess Who 

2009 -  Take Me Away, Lisa Lester 

2008 - Disco 8,  Sandy Chochinov 

2007 - Stay Another Night , Marianne D'Elia 

2006 - Bubble Walk, Sandy Chochinov

2005 - Walkeem A Leema , Sandy Chochinov 

2004 - Harlequin II 

2004 - What On Earth, Sandy Chochinov 

2004 - Sunday Night at the Head, All the King's Men 

2003 - Livin' the Blues, Prairie Fire Project 

2002 - Barely Blue, Leonard Shaw 

2001 - Soar, Rosalie Rattai 2001

2001 - Life So Far, Greg Lowe 

1999 - Down The Road, The Guess Who 

1998 - The Spirit Lives On, The Guess Who 

1996 - Living Room, Leonard Shaw 

1995 - Lonely One, The Guess Who 

1994 - Liberty, The Guess Who 

1988 - Your Girl, Open Eyes, Backstreet 

1980 - The Best of Ian Thomas , Ian Thomas 

1980 - Heatherington Rocks, Dianne Heatherington 



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