artemus events & Dust Temple & Passionfruit presents
JAM NIGHT GC
HOSTED BY INGRID JAMES
Dust Temple | 54 Currumbin Creek Road | Currumbin
Thursday |August 8th, 2019
Doors open 6.30pm | Performance from 7.00pm
TICKETS $15 online | $20 at the door
Ingrid James | Pearly Black | Jan Gillies | Lenna-Maree Moxey | Janet Swain | Andrea Szabo | Kacey Patrick | and more … Supported by a quartet of leading southeast QLD jazz musicians.
Artemus Events and Dust Temple are proud to host the Jazz Singers JAM NIGHT GC. Brisbane’s ‘First Lady of Jazz’ and mentor to a generation of Brisbane Jazz Singers, Ingrid James, brings this iconic Brisbane gig to the Gold Coast for this very special evening of jazz, voice, spontaneity and community.
WHAT IS THE Jazz Singers JAM NIGHT?
In the words of Alan Western | Chairman of Music & Events/Vice-President, Brisbane Jazz Club
The longest-established source of mentoring and encouragement for jazz singers in Brisbane - the iconic Jazz Singers Jam Night - has been running for nearly 18 years and is currently based at the equally iconic Brisbane Jazz Club. Created by Brisbane’s ‘First Lady if Jazz’, Ingrid James, Jazz Singers Jam Night was resident at a number of other venues, before finally gravitating to its natural and current home at the BJC.
As one of Australia's leading jazz singers herself, Ingrid has re-invested her talent and experience in building up these nights to capacity houses on many occasions . This is indeed a labour of love for Ingrid who demands no payment for her leadership and organisation of these events.
A typical night will see around a dozen singers - some veteran performers, others making their first public appearance anywhere - appearing on the program to sing two numbers each, backed by a professional jazz trio. These trios are often augmented by other jazz musicians who come along just for a 'sit-in and a blow'.
There is no rehearsal, which demands great proficiency from the trio - just a quick talk-through on stage during the time it takes Ingrid to tell the audience about the singer's background and experience. It could easily be argued that presenting such an almost impromptu performance is artistically risky and smacks of 'amateur hour' .....strangely enough nothing could be further from the truth, and some of the most magical moments I can recall at the BJC have been during Jazz Singers Jam Night.
One of the endearing aspects of JSJN is that it is almost a club within a club, many friendships are formed between singers and musicians and the audience attention is fully supportive of every kind of performance. We have seen talented 12 year olds almost trembling with nerves coming on stage to wow the crowd; we have seen those same children growing in confidence and absolutely taking the crowd by storm at the age of 15. Age is no barrier in jazz, and the style and stature of some singers who have had 40 year careers as entertainers gives tremendous insight to all the young hopefuls into how to choose material and present a song.
In this vastly commercial world, through Ingrid, Jazz Singers jam Night has demonstrated an example of selflessness which is rare these days, and shows what community spirit can be engendered between people with the common purpose of promoting jazz.
The Jazz Singers Jam Night at The Brisbane Jazz Club is a critical part of the jazz scene in Queensland, and one of the highlights of Queenslands musical history. The musical stories it can tell are important and should be preserved, but just as important is its place in the future of Queensland Jazz. It has become an institution.
Robyn Hamilton, Qld Music Co-ordinator, State Library of Qld, 2013
The Jazz Singers Jam Night is a much needed opportunity for young, emerging singers, or singers of any age, to sing in public in front of a comfortable and supportive audience, otherwise they have nowhere to try their craft. An immensely enjoyable night.
Sharny Russell, Singer/Jazz Vocal Teacher, Qld Conservatorium & JMI - 2013)