Ingrid James is a jazz vocalist, voice specialist, producer. She has just completed a Masters in Music Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music after having completed postgraduate studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and a Graduate Diploma in Media through the Australian, Film Television & Radio School, Sydney (AFTRS). Prior to entering into a full-time music career, she worked in production for ABC-TV in Brisbane for over 10 years.
She has performed extensively around Australia at festivals such as the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Kiama Jazz Festival, Devonport Jazz Festival including Brisbane International Jazz and Valley Jazz Festivals as well as in the Spiegeltent for the Brisbane Festival. International highlights include Ronnie Scotts in London as well as 606 Club, Jazz Pizza Express, Spice of Life, a tour around the UK, Prague and in France, where she opened for the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Monaco. Ingrid also performs with the Brisbane Contemporary Jazz Orchestra which was founded by David Humphreys. Here she is able to perform unique big band arrangements of both albums recorded in the USA – Lost My Heart and Blue Confluence
Ingrid has recorded 5 international CD’s in the UK, USA and France as well as 4 domestic CDs. Two of her CD’s won Best Jazz CD at the Queensland Sunnie Music Industry Awards and she received a Music award for co-writing a Best Original Jazz Song with a musical colleague Louise Denson for “Time To Be”. A finalist in the Bell Awards for her CD “ Essence” (2005), Ingrid has continued recording and writing music. Currently, Ingrid is about to release a project with Louise Denson in their long term project “Wild Silk Strings Project” (a co-writing/co-bandleading project with strings, horns, voice and a rhythm section).
She has invited to record and perform with such distinguished artists as trombonist Bill Watrous (7 time winner “Trombonist of the Year” Downbeat) in “Lost My Heart” and saxophonist Eric Marienthal in “Blue Confluence”. Both these projects were recorded in Los Angeles and produced by James Lewis’ San Gabriel 7 projects.
Her own personal musical career has received international and national recognition:
Scott Yanow (USA, Author of 11 books including The Jazz Singers, Jazz on Film and Jazz on Record 1917-1976) said “ Ingrid James has a beautiful tone to her voice, a wide range, makes wide interval jumps sound effortless, and has the dual abilities of being able to uplift lyrics and to scat up a storm.” (CD Review “Lost My Heart” 2012)
Ingrid James is an award-winning Queensland jazz singer “whose note-perfect delivery and depth of lyrical expression has elevated her into the elite of Australia’s musical talents”. (Steve Robertson, Portland Observer 2012) – CD “Lost My Heart” 2012
Bill Watrous (7 time winner Downbeat “Trombonist of the Year”) said “If this were the 50’s Jazz era, Ingrid James would be performing alongside other greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. She is by far one of the best jazz vocalists I have ever worked with”. (CD & Live tour – “Lost My Heart 2012”)
“Her disciplined delivery is mouth-watering, hitting each world with pristine clarity while accenting each though with a silk, sultry resonance…” Mark Channon, USA Jazz Radio Presenter – WWUH Radio W. Hartford, CT) (CD – “Lost My Heart”)
Ingrid has received worldwide acclaim including (for Essence CD) “This turns out to be a recital by a fully integrated quintet of improvisatory travelers, not adverse to eschewing main roads for cross country forays. Ms James uses song materials for her own improvisatory ends, without surrendering the vital signs thereof. I’m pencilling this one in as an early probable for my 2005 “best ten” list. It comes as a most challenging and welcome vocal surprise..”. Alan Bargebuhr, CD review, Cadence Magazine, New York 2005
[Ingrid James] “is a fearless and gifted jazz singer for whom the songs are there to be teased, flirted with and milked for all their improvisational potential. [Her latest CD] is much more about life on the edge, about chances taken and pulled off with panache.” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 June 2005
“The creative interplay throughout this album between Ingrid James’ captivating voice and the unique sounds of the San Gabriel 7 is really fresh and exciting. This project showcases the versatility in Ingrid’s sultry, smooth sound as well as her wonderful intonation and musicality. At times she’s out front with her unique vocal style and melodic interpretation. Then, just as easily, she’s able to blend right into the horn section as if she were one of the instruments. Throughout this great collection of music I found the arrangements to be creative, fresh and just fun to listen to. The improvisations from Ingrid and the band are exciting and bring the music to an even higher level. This is a great collaboration between one of Australia’s most talented vocalists and the unique style of the San Gabriel 7.”
Eric Marienthal (USA) saxophonist/composer