Monday, 27 January 2014

New jazz CD just about to be launched - "Hoagy" with the Chris Ingham Quartet

This is just to let folk know that one of the bands I play with, led by the pianist, singer and composer, Chris Ingham, is just about to release a new CD called Hoagy which celebrates the music of Hoagy Carmichael 

The launch gig is at the St James Theatre, London, SW1 on Friday, February 7. Click on this link to buy tickets.

Following that we already have a few nice gigs booked, a couple of which are, unusually, in my home town of Cambridge. The gig dates in the book so far are to be found at the end of the following review we have just received in the London Jazz News.


Pianist, vocalist, Chris Ingham's CD "Hoagy" on Downhome Records showcases his talents on sixteen of Mr Carmichael's finest songs. These include well known chestnuts like Georgia on My Mind, Skylark and Stardust as well as lesser known gems like Memphis in June and Lazy Bones. He even manages to toss in Dave Frishberg's Dear Bix, certainly a welcome addition.

This outstanding quartet includes Rev. Andrew Brown on bass, drummer, Russ Morgan along with Ingham's able and sparkly piano doing double duty accompanying his vocals as well as providing inspired solo forays. Rounding out the group is Paul Higgs' wistful but puckish trumpet flutterings that appropriately help to celebrate Hoagy's sardonic wit.

Chris' somewhat light and streamlined vocal quality is infused with a covering of Midwestern dustiness- just the job for this kind of material. One gets the sense that he revels in the opportunity to share these songs with whomever might be in his midst- whether in a concert hall or informal house party.

The nifty and concise arrangements are ideal for this varied collection, yet never sound short changed or predictable.

A fine delectation of Hoagy delights conveyed masterfully by an able foursome.

TOUR DATES

Fri 7 Feb - St James Studio, London SW1- album launch
Fri 28 Feb (1pm) - Cambridge Mumford Theatre
Wed 2 April - Dereham Jazz Society, Lyng
Thurs 3 April - Cambridge Modern Jazz Club
Thur 3 July - The Hoste, Burnham Market, Norfolk
Sun 21 September - Ipswich Jazz Club

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