Jazz magic rekindled
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