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Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England in 1962, Chris was supplanted to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk aged ten. He played drums in the school punk band and guitar in the school Dixieland band. It's been a bit like that ever since. He studied Drama, English and Education at Warwick University 1981-85, acted a bit, played R&B guitar in the Locomotives and taught himself some jazz piano. Moving to London, the Locomotives produced two albums; From The Finest Rolling Stock (Media Burn 1986) and Bourgeois Voodoo (Big Beat 1987). Following a season at the Latchmere Theatre Battersea as a pantomime dame in 1985/6, Chris spent three years performing in rock venues, piano bars and comedy clubs (as sometime musical stooge to comedian Andrew Bailey) before returning to Suffolk in 1988 to marry Tracy and help raise Polly and Alexander. A songwriting collaboration with ex-Furniture vocalist Jim Irvin as Because produced an album long-listed for the first Mercury Music Prize, Mad Scared Dumb And Gorgeous (Haven 1992). A jazz collaboration with ex-Tommy Chase saxophonist Kevin Flanagan as the Flanagan Ingham Quartet produced two acclaimed albums, Zanzibar (Gray Brothers 1995) and Textile Lunch (33 Jazz 1999). His current jazz activities include celebrating Hoagy Carmichael with his quartet featuring trumpeter Paul Higgs; being MD/MC of Jazz At The Movies featuring singer Joanna Eden; leading the house trio at the monthly Jazz at the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds; coordinating Rebop, a modern jazz repertory sextet and making regular supporting appearances at the jazz joints of East Anglia to play with the likes of Peter King, Scott Hamilton, Tina May, Bobby Wellins, John Etheridge, Don Weller, Alan Barnes, Simon Spillett, Alan Skidmore, and many others. Chris works as a freelance producer and arranger in his home studio and has produced albums for musical theatre superstar Ruthie Henshall, award-winning choir the Voice Squad, the aforementioned Jazz At The Movies and bossa nova chanteuse Saskia Bruin. He has also arranged and produced several albums for Union Square Music including the 60-track Simply The Songs Of Burt Bacharach (2008) and Simply Piano Moods (2009). His recent recording projects include Hoagy, a quartet album of Hoagy Carmichael tunes listed as one of the Sunday Times Jazz Albums of 2014, an audiobook with Ruthie Henshall, the second Jazz At The Movies album Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Joanna Eden's salute to Joni Mitchell Joni & Me. As a composer, Chris has written and recorded over twenty soundtracks for Chrome Dreams' rock documentary DVD series from 2006 to the present. He has produced various theatre scores, including Second Star To The Right by Papers' Weight Theatre (Edinburgh Fringe 2010). He has several pieces published in the EMI Production Music catalogue and his jazz trio arrangements of traditional Christmas melodies have been broadcast throughout the world.
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