Ingrid James

INGRID JAMES - JAZZ SINGER (Queensland)

Ingrid James is an award-winning Queensland (AUSTRALIA) 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)

Based in Brisbane, Queensland Australia, Ingrid is a graduate of Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Master of Music Studies, Vocal Pedagogy). She also has a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television with the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS, Sydney) and teaches Contemporary Voice (specialising in Jazz). She runs and facilitates workshops and master classes locally and around the world. Ingrid has produced and presented a regular Jazz Singers’ Jam Night in Brisbane since 2001, which is currently held at the Brisbane Jazz Club and is the Festival Director for The Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival (2016 to present).

She sings contemporary jazz, bebop, jazz standards through to bossa novas, sambas, blues, and other jazz modalities as well as originals and original reharmonised arrangements of pop standards from Beatles to Rolling Stones. Ingrid is known for her spontaneity, emotional depth and dynamics.

She is also involved in a joint strings project – Ingrid James & Louise Denson’s WILD SILK STRINGS PROJECT (focussing on original compositions as well as lesser-known standards from the Jazz and Brazilian Songbooks. Their repertoire acknowledges the jazz tradition while reflecting a European aesthetic in mood, melody and harmony with feels including Afro-Cuban, cha-cha-cha, Brazilian bossa nova, swing, jazz waltzes and slow funk. “Colours of your Love” by WILD SILK STRINGS PROJECT was released on 7th September 2018 by MGM's The Planet Company.

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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

Mark Channon, Jazz Radio Host from the USA (Connecticut) describes Ingrid as “a fluid balladeer who appeals to the emotions as she captivates our ears while masterfully painting word pictures…[and] consistently displays impeccable intonation, pinpoint articulation and the ability to navigate unusual intervals and angles with finesse, without ever losing the beauty of her God-given voice.” (CD – “Blue Confluence”)

Bill Watrous (7 time Downbeat “Trombonist of the Year” winner) said “If this were the 50’s Jazz era, Ingrid James would be performing alongside other greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday

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Discography

Colours Of Your Love: Wild Silk Strings Project

Colours Of Your Love:...

The Planet Company
2018

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Trajectoire

Trajectoire

Newmarket Music
2016

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Blue Confluence

Blue Confluence

Independent
2015

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Lost My Heart

Lost My Heart

Independent
2012

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Pangaea

Pangaea

Newmarket Music
2011

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