Jazz magic rekin­dled

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WHEN In­grid James and Matt Baker were ran­domly pro­grammed to play to­gether at Noosa Jazz Fes­ti­val more than 10 years ago, the pair felt an on-stage con­nec­tion which they in­stantly wanted to em­u­late on a record­ing. James, an award-win­ning jazz vo­cal­ist, and Baker, an Aus­tralian pi­anist now based in New York, re­leased Essence in 2005 – a col­lec­tion of jazz stan­dards with a twist. ‘‘The essence of that col­lab­o­ra­tion was the spon­tane­ity of our first per­for­mance to­gether,’’ says James. ‘‘We had to work things out in the mo­ment and we were drawn to mak­ing old things new and com­ing up with fresh ar­range­ments in the mo­ment.’’ James says their on-stage chem­istry will be re­vi­talised this week­end when she and Baker join forces with New York bassist Marco Panascia and Syd­ney drum­mer Cameron Reid for an in­ti­mate evening of jazz. ‘‘Both Matt and I want to ex­plore new ways of ex­press­ing the song as a de­vice,’’ says James. ‘‘We want to emo­tion­ally and har­mon­i­cally ex­plore pos­si­bil­i­ties and ex­tend be­yond the bound­aries of a song.’’ The prom­i­nent Queens­land jazz vo­cal­ist says she was first at­tracted to the genre af­ter see­ing Ella Fitzger­ald per­form live. ‘‘She was so nat­u­ral and rhyth­mic and play­ful – I was amazed at how she melod­i­cally moved songs,’’ she says. ‘‘Then I started lis­ten­ing to ev­ery­body. What I love in jazz is that you are not ex­pected to sound like any­one in par­tic­u­lar.’’

In­grid James & Matt Baker Trio play The Vault, Southport, to­mor­row night. Lit­tle Napier, The Loft: Syd­ney’s in­die-rock quar­tet Lit­tle Napier with Charting Stars, Miss Elm and She. Show at 6.30pm. Tick­ets $10. DJ Turhan, Love Nightlife: DJ Turhan on the decks for Heat 3 ofMr Lo­va­li­cious. The An­gela Fabian Band, Southport Sharks: Blues hits. Show at 8.30pm. Free en­try. Steven­son St, Cur­rumbin RSL: Four-piece cov­ers band. Show at 7pm. Free en­try.

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Vo­cal­ist In­grid James

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