THE SONGS OF HOAGY CARMICHAEL BROUGHT TO LIFE AT MILESTONES JAZZ CLUB
This month’s concert at Milestones Jazz Club on Sunday 4 May features a tribute to one of the great American songwriters, playing his music and telling the stories behind them – The Chris Ingham Quartet: A Celebration of Hoagy Carmichael.
Hoagy Carmichael is one of the most enduring and endearing songwriters from the 1930's and 40's - the golden age of the Great American Songbook. Wry, wise, sentimental and sophisticated, Hoagy’s songs are beloved for their warmth, humour and jazz-inspired melodic beauty.
From the prescient wit of ‘Old Music Master’ and the exotic misadventures of an opium-eater in ‘Hong Kong Blues’ to the evocation of home in ‘Memphis In June’ and ‘Georgia On My Mind’, these gems of 20th century songcraft continue to have a power to move and delight.
As a respected jazz pianist, a long-standing author, journalist and music teacher Chris Ingham is well-placed to bring Carmichael's music into vivid focus, playing the songs and putting them into context by telling the stories behind them.
The project originated as a one-off concert for a festival, but the rush of good feeling generated by the show has lead to a permanent touring band and an acclaimed CD, 'Hoagy".
"Like all successful songbooks, the composers’ intentions tend to get obscured along the way", says Chris Ingham, "Listening to Hoagy’s own recordings as inspiration helped us get closer to the essence of the song".
All this leads to tunes that have been heard a thousand times taking on a new shine, especially in a setting that Hoagy Carmichael knew himself only too well - that of an improvising jazz band.
Chris Ingham is supported in his band by Paul Higgs, one of the UK's most versatile and expressive jazz trumpeters, for many years an arranger for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and a musical director at the Royal Shakespere Company and the National Theatre.
The band’s full line-up features Chris Ingham (vocals / piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Ivars Galenieks (double bass) and George Double (drums).
All Milestones gigs are held on the first Sunday of every month and take place at Hotel Hatfield, Esplanade, Lowestoft with the doors opening at 8pm.
Admission - £7 / £6 (concession).