Jazz Singers Jam Night & CD Launch


“Something to Sing About” 15th Anniversary CD Launch

THURSDAY 4TH AUGUST 2016 ~ 7pm to 1030pm

JSJN CD Approved Design“Tonight we launch a double CD (a generous BJC production) in celebration of the Jazz Singers’ Jam Night’s 15th Anniversary. These performances were captured in 12 months of recordings in 2015-2016. Many thanks to the BJC, particularly Alan Western and Mark Smith who put a great deal of effort and love into the project as well as into the difficult process of deciding which singers would make the final cut when the field was so outstanding.  The end result is a CD comprising many generations of our jazz singers with some as young as 14 right through to seasoned performers in their 70’s.  Once on that stage, there is no politics, there is no competition. Students, teachers, pros and amateurs alike, all take the stage and sing from the heart.   So tonight’s launch will capture the spirit of the Jazz Singers’ Jam Nights that have gone before and this CD will provide a permanent record to cherish and value and of which we’ll sing the praises in the years to come.” Ingrid James (Producer, JSJN CD)

Performers on the night (and on the CD) include: Dave Bentley, Irene Bartlett, Toni Allayialis-Hepi, Mardi Gow. Trent White (Perth), Kelsey Giarola, Jessica Spina, Pete Vance, Steph Dick, Sarah Collyer, Merinda Dias-Jayasinha, Tamara O’Callaghan, Stephanie Taylor, Mel Lathouras, Grace Cockburn, Alan Western, Ingrid James, Lucia Hodge, Nathan Seiler and Steve Taylor-Brown.

“This double CD is a celebration of the Jazz Voice and a unique slice of Queensland history at the Brisbane Jazz Club.  15 years ago, Ingrid James created and established an event called the JAZZ SINGERS’ JAM NIGHT, which has become “the longest-established source of mentoring and encouragement for jazz singers in Brisbane.” (Alan Western, VP Brisbane Jazz Club).  With humble beginnings at venues such as The Travelodge in Roma Street, The Bank in the Valley and Maggies Jazz Club in Milton, the Jazz Singers’ Jam Nights found their rightful home at the iconic Brisbane Jazz Club almost a decade ago. Produced and hosted by Ingrid, one of Australia’s leading jazz singers, the Jam Nights have matured into a community based and celebrated monthly event, playing to capacity houses and supported with open arms by the Brisbane Jazz Club. They have provided a platform for thousands of singers and hundreds of musicians to network, develop and demonstrate their skills and talents in a supportive environment while entertaining and engaging with many tens of thousands of Queenslanders who love this unique art form. The Jazz Singers’ Jam Nights have brought people together. They have helped nurture many emerging singers and given courage and inspiration to those who have rekindled their love for music and the art of jazz. By working with volunteers from the Club and providing her own services at no cost, Ingrid has achieved her goal of giving back to the community that has helped her develop her career in the music industry as a singer, voice educator and recording artist.” Tony Freedland, President, BJC