Youwill love James but she is anything but a fiasco
Reviewed at the Adelaide Jazz Club on 15 March 2019
Presented by Adelaide Jazz Club
Jazz singer, teacher and impresario, Ingrid James, has been a lynchpin of the Brisbane Jazz Club for many years. This year’s Fringe sees her make her debut at the Adelaide Jazz Club, the founding of which was partly inspired by her.
James is an exquisite and technically precise singer, who explores a range of jazz genres and styles in her hour long set. Kicking off with the standard I Fall in Love Too Easily, she then delivered a beautiful rendition of the Nancy Wilson hit Tell Me the Truth, before segueing into a couple of Brazilian numbers. The set moved into more contemporary numbers, delivered with a jazz sensibility, such as the Blood, Sweat & Tears classic Spinning Wheel, and K. D. Lang’s Constant Craving.
Supporting James was the Adelaide jazz power trio of Dave McEvoy on keys, Shireen Khemlani on bass and John McDermott on drums, all of whom delivered some rich instrumental work around James’s velvety vocals. This was a quirky, delightful selection of music, tightly and professionally executed.
Both sessions were sold out, and it easy to see why. Whilst here, James will also be running a vocal workshop and a jazz singers’ jam night, both for Adelaide Jazz Club.
Although this was Ms James’s first visit to Adelaide, judging by the audience reaction last night, it certainly won’t be her last.
Reviewed by Tracey Korsten