Where Are You (J. McHugh/H.Adamson) - "Lost My Heart" CD

About Ingrid James

Award-winning jazz vocalist and educator in Queensland, Australia with an extensive history of performance throughout Australia and internationally. Highlights of her career include national television appearances & performances with the Queensland Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras at the Queensland & Gold Coast Performing Arts Centres to intimate duos, trios, quartets or quintets at Festivals, Jazz Clubs and corporate events around Australia, together with appearances in London at Ronnie Scotts, 606 Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Spice of Life along with performances in Paris, Monte Carlo, Nice, Marseilles, Toulon and Prague and other venues throughout Europe. Ingrid also is currently performing in the Brisbane Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (19 piece) big band (MD: David Humphreys) and has a joint project with long time musical collaborator Louise Denson titled “Wild Silk Strings Project”.   


Music critic Alan Bargebuhr in New York's Cadence Magazine described Ingrid's CD “Essence” as a probable candidate for his Best 10 list in 2005. Other reviewers acknowledge the heartfelt warmth and intimate style that characterize her performances. Tony Backhouse from New Zealand says "Ingrid James floats and swings effortlessly through the changes with a tone of honey. As well as great technique, there's an engaging warmth to her delivery like a close friend smiling at you". David Bentley, music journalist says "You've probably heard these songs before - but never like this. Thoughtful, inventive and, above all, swinging, Ingrid squeezes every line for nuance and meaning. The impeccable phrasing and accurate intonation come almost as a bonus." Scott Yanow (Author of The Jazz Singers, The Great Jazz Guitarists, Jazz on Film and Jazz on Record 1917-1976) says “Ingrid is one of the top jazz singers from Australia…has a beautiful voice, a wide range, and the ability to sing difficult intervals with ease, hitting every note perfectly in-tune. She is an original improviser, always swings, and is skilled at embracing lyrics that she believes in”.  Steve Robertson from Australia’s Portland Observer 2012 and Radio Presenter says “Ingrid is a singer whose note-perfect delivery and depth of lyrical expression has elevated her into the elite of Australia’s musical talents”.  And after touring and recording with Downbeat’s 7 time Trombonist of the Year winner, Bill Watrous noted “If this were the 50’s Jazz era, Ingrid James would be performing alongside other greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. She is by far one of the best jazz vocalists I have ever worked with”.

A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Vocal Pedagogy (Contemporary Voice, specialising in Jazz and related styles) and The Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sydney, Ingrid teaches privately and regularly runs master classes and workshops as well as facilitates these workshops for national and international visiting artists.  She is a committee member of ANATS (Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing) and Jazz Queensland. Ingrid is founder and presenter of the iconic monthly Jazz Singers’ Jam Night presented at the Brisbane Jazz Club and has been invited by Brisbane Jazz Club to be Artistic Director of the very first Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival (kicking off in 2016). She is a strong advocate for encouraging emerging jazz vocalists in her State and through the creation of the Jazz Singers’ Jam Night (from 2001 and continuing) she has provided a “live” performance avenue through which 3 generations of jazz singers have been able to test, learn and develop skills in front of a supportive audience at the Brisbane Jazz Club.


Her most recent CD “Trajectoire” (recorded in Paris) is due to be released in February 2016 nationally through Newmarket Music.  This CD is an originals project and joint collaboration with French pianist, Alexis Tcholakian, who composed the melodies, while Ingrid wrote the lyrics.


She was invited to record and contribute original as well as non-original songs to both LOST MY HEART and BLUE CONFLUENCE (Executive Producer: Jim Lewis, Trombonist/Bandleader of San Gabriel 7, US).  She recorded and toured with Bill Watrous (7 time winner “Trombonist of the Year” Downbeat Magazine) on the Lost My Heart CD and Eric Marienthal (sax) on the Blue Confluence CD.


Other international CD collaborations have been with Paul Armstrong (trumpet) and Todd Harrison (drums/guitar) on their Global Collective CD “Pangaea” (released nationally through Newmarket Music 2011); as well as a joint collaboration with Australian-born/UK singer, Trudy Kerr on "Reunion" (recorded in London and distributed internationally and    through The Planet Company in 2010). Other CD’s include "Circumflex", a duo CD with pianist John Reeves (2009 Newmarket Music), "Portrait" (a joint project with Louise Denson - 2007 Newmarket Music) & "Essence" (2005 Newmarket Music).


Performance highlights/Festivals attended :

  • Reduta Jazz Club, Prague
  • Argharta Jazz Club, Prague
  • Jazz Dock, Prague
  • Jazz at the Tower, Folkestone
  • 606 Club, Chelsea, London
  • Ronnie Scotts Upstairs, London
  • Pizza Express Jazz Club, London
  • Baltic Bar, London
  • Spice of Life, London
  • Le Franc Pinot Jazz Club, Paris
  • Blue Note, Monaco, France
  • Montbardon Jazz Festival, France
  • Swan Bar, Paris
  • La Cave du Relais, Tourettes sur Loups, France
  • Le Club Venture, Marseilles, France
  • Le Castellet, France
  • Le Bandol, France
  • National Theatre Foyer, London
  • Studio 188, Ipswich Civic Centre
  • Jumpers and Jazz Festival, Warwick
  • Magnetic Island Jazz Festival, Queensland
  • Townsville School of Arts Theatre
  • Devonport Jazz Festival, Tasmania
  • Ellingtons Jazz Club, Perth
  • Blue Dog Jazz Series, Sydney
  • Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
  • Fremantle Jazz Club, West Australia
  • Devonport Jazz Festival, Tasmania
  • Paris Cat, Melbourne
  • Dizzys, Melbourne
  • The Basement Sydney
  • Brisbane Jazz Festival, Powerhouse
  • Harrigans Jazz and Seafood Festival
  • Ipswich Jazz Festival
  • Surfers Paradise A La Carte Festival
  • Broadbeach Jazz Festival
  • Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
  • Sunshine Coast Jazz Club, Currimundi
  • Brisbane Festival - Courier-Mail Spiegeltent with The East Coast Ensemble
  • Creative Generation On Stage @ Queensland Performing Arts Centre
  • Noosa International Jazz Festival (2001 - 2015), Queensland
  • Ambiwerra Jazz Food and Wine Festival, Brisbane
  • Kangaroo Point Jazz and Blues Festival, Brisbane
  • Seafood and Soul Festival, Manly
  • Harvey Bay Jazz Festival, Queensland
  • Dingo Creek Jazz Festival, Queensland
  • Red Dog Jazz, Sydney
  • Jazz Worx Club, Brisbane
  • Brisbane Jazz Club
  • Gold Coast City Jazz Club
  • The Basement, Gold Coast Arts Centre
  • Women's Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne  
  • Bennetts Lane, Melbourne
  • Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane
  • Jazz Queensland's Brisbane International Jazz Festival & Valley Jazz Festival, Australia
  • ABC-TV's "Spirit of Christmas" with Queensland Orchestra @ QPAC
  • Cole Porter Tribute with Donald Cant & Qld Orchestra/Tommy Tycho @ QPAC
  • Gershwin Tribute with Qld Symphony Orchestra/Tommy Tycho @ QPAC (Swing Diva)
  • Gershwin Tribute with Qld Philharmonic Orchestra/Dobbs Franks @ The Tivoli (Swing Diva)
  • Smith Family Fundraiser with Qld Symphony Orchestra/Tommy Tycho @ Gold Coast Arts
  • Schools Concerts @ Chandler with Qld Symphony Orchestra
  • Lord Mayor’s Lunchtime Concerts and Gala Dinners @ Brisbane Town Hall
  • Ian Hangar Theatre, Conservatorium of Music
  • 4MBS Performance Studio, Brisbane
  • Burt Bacharach Tribute 2004 @ Brisbane City Hall
  • 'Lush Lives' - a Toast to Ella, Anita & Sarah @ Brisbane Jazz Club 2004
  • Groove and Grape Festival, Brisbane
  • Noosa Jazz Festival, Queensland
  • Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney, Australia
  • Bellingen Jazz Festival, New South Wales
  • Kiama Jazz Festival, New South Wales
  • Riverfestival, Brisbane, Queensland
  • Mackay Arts Festival, Queensland
  • Gold Coast Jazz Festival, Queensland
  • Kingscliff Jazz Festival, New South Wales
  • 4BC Samford Valley Jazz Festival, Queensland (Artistic Director 2 years)
  • Bayside Jazz Festival, Queensland


Recent Career Highlights

Post-graduate studies in Vocal Pedagogy @ Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium

of Music 2002

Academic Award for Excellence, Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Post graduate studies in Film and Television (Australian Film Television & Radio School, Sydney)

Academic Award for Excellence in Photography (QUT)
Colorama Prize for Photography, (QUT)

Winner: Queensland Industry Sunnie Awards for Best Jazz Album "Lazy Afternoon" &

 "Just Visiting"

Winner: Q Song Awards 2007 - Best original jazz song with Louise Denson - "Time to Be"

Professional artist/mentor/performer for Creative Generation Excellence Awards 2008-2011 & Schools OnStage @ Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Entertainment Centre & Brisbane Convention Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall

Professional artist at Brisbane Jazz Club Talkin' Jazz Series for high school students (sponsored by Brisbane City Council)

Conducted master classes and workshops in Brisbane, Mackay, Kiama, Los Angeles, France (Toulon, Marseilles, Montbardon), Prague, London (Guildhall), Devonport, Townsville, LA,

Private voice educator

Adjudicator for the Brisbane Vocal Eisteddfods and judging panels for Sheldon College, Conservatorium of Music, festival competitions, QSong, etc.,

Guest speaker at Contemporary Vocal Workshop DJ Arts, Convention Centre


Producer and presenter of monthly Jazz Singers' Jam Nights (held at Brisbane Jazz Club) since August 2001


Visiting artist workshop/masterclass facilitator (held at BJC & other venues) – Artists include Bill Watrous, Prof. Pete Churchill (UK), Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Gregory Hutchinson, Eric Harland, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Dan Barnett, Matt Baker, Nic Jeffries, Chris McNulty, Malcolm McNeill (NZ), Libor Smoldas (Prague), Michelle Nicolle, Janet Seidel, etc., 


Artistic Musical Director Samford Valley Jazz Festival - 2 years


Guest lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, Music
Judge at ABC/Jazz Queensland Vocal competition for Biennial Valley Jazz Festival 2007/9

Queen of Noosa Jazz Festival 3 times between 2003-2014


Vice President - Jazz Queensland 2007-2013 (currently committee member)
Committee Member Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing
Member Australian Voice Association


Recordings to date

2016    "TRAJECTOIRE" (To be released by Newmarket Music February 2016)
Recorded in Paris & Australia 2014/2015. Joint project with Alexis Tcholakian (piano, France)
Jazz – Features original material co-written by Alexis Tcholakian and Ingrid James.

2014    "BLUE CONFLUENCE" Independent Release/Digital release worldwide
Recorded in Burbank, Los Angeles. Executive Producer: Jim Lewis
Features Eric Marienthal (sax) and Ingrid James (vocals)
Latin/Jazz/Funk – Features some original material as well as arrangements by Dave Cushman of Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Milton Nascimento, etc.,

2012    "LOST MY HEART" Independent Release/Digital release worldwide
Recorded in Burbank, Los Angeles. Executive Producer: Jim Lewis
Features Bill Watrous (trombone) and Ingrid James (vocals)
Latin/Jazz/Funk - Features some original material as well as arrangements by Dave Cushman of jazz standards, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Horace Silver, Djavan, Miles Davis, George Shearing, etc.,

2011    "PANGAEA" (Newmarket Music)
Recorded in Australia & USA Joint project between Ingrid James (voice) Paul Armstrong (trumpet, USA) & Todd Harrison (drums/guitar, USA). Ingrid James & The Global Collective" -  Best described as World/Roots/Jazz (reworked/reinterpreted classic 70's songs from artists such as Bowie, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, Beach Boys, Janis Ian....etc.,)  

2010    "REUNION" (Jazzizit Records)
Recorded in London, UK Jazz –  Joint project – Ingrid James & Trudy Kerr
Australian distributor "Planet Distribution"
Jazz – Features material from Bob Dorough, Rogers and Hart, Bud Powell, Gerry Mulligan, Carole King, Baden Powell, Chick Corea, etc.,

2009    "CIRCUMFLEX (Newmarket Music)
Recorded in Australia – Duo CD with pianist John Reeves
Jazz - Features jazz standards, reharmonisations of Beatles, Beach Boys, Cream, Luis Bonfa, Mancini, etc.,

2007    "PORTRAIT" (Newmarket Music)
Recorded @ Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia
Joint project with Louise Denson (piano)
Jazz – Features original material as well as music from Grant Green and Billy Strayhorn
(Q Song 2007 Award Best Original Jazz Song for "Time to Be")

2005    "ESSENCE" (Newmarket Music)
Recorded in Australia featuring Matt Baker (p), Adrian Cunningham (sax/flute), Owen Newcomb (b) & John Parker (dr)
Jazz – Features jazz standards

2001    "LAZY AFTERNOON" (Independent)
Recorded in ABC FM’s Jazz Track with Malcolm Stanley as Producer/Engineer
"BEST JAZZ CD – Queensland Sunnie Awards Winner")

2001    "JUST VISITING" (Independent)
Recorded in Brisbane, Australia
"BEST JAZZ CD – Queensland Sunnie Awards Winner")

Recorded in ABC Studios, Brisbane, Australia

OTHER RECORDINGS as guest artist:

'FLAME TREE' by Louise Denson 2013 (Original music composed by Louise Denson. Some material co-written and performed by Ingrid James)


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