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).