Films TV and fiction
Shaw made several musical shorts in 1939 for Vitaphone and Paramount Pictures. He was an innovator in the big band idiom using unusual instrumentation; "Interlude in B-flat" where he was backed with only a rhythm section and a string quartet was one of the earliest examples of what would be later dubbed third stream. His recording of "Stardust" was used in its entirety in the closing credits of the film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Also an author Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction. Musically restless Shaw was also an early proponent of Third Stream which blended classical and jazz and recorded some small-group sessions that flirted with be-bop before retiring from music in 1954.