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     Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
     7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Christine Jensen (Sax/Big Band)

Canadian artist Christine Jenson is an award-winning jazz saxophonist, composer, educator, and conductor of large and small jazz ensembles. Growing up in Nanaimo, BC with a pianist mother, Jensen’s first love was piano but once she started studying the saxophone at age 12, she quickly grew to love it as she realized she could create her own voice through the instrument. In 1994 Jensen took up roots, leaving Nanaimo to study jazz performance at McGill University in Montreal where she has gone on to be an adjudicator, clinician, and instructor.

Jensen released her first CD with her jazz ensemble as a leader in 2000, entitled “Collage” on the Canadian record label Effendi Records. She received excellent reviews from the press in North America and Europe, and went on to release two other recordings – “A Shorter Distance” (2002) and “Look Left” (2007). In 2009 Jensen signed with Canada’s most internationally renowned jazz label, Justin Time Records, historic for signing Diana Krall and Oliver Jones. Since signing with Justin Time, Jensen’s album Treelines went on to win a Juno award for Contemporary Jazz Recording in 2011. In the same year she was awarded Quebec’s Opus prize for jazz recording of the year.

Ingrid Jensen (Trumpet)

Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpet players of her generation. As a sought after teacher, collaborator, and soloist, it is easy to see why the New York Times calls her “as versatile as she is vigorous”. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, Jensen became the youngest professor in the history of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria. In the 90s she recorded three highly acclaimed CDs becoming one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the global jazz scene.

Settling in New York City, she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue. She has performed with a cast of jazz legends ranging from Clark Terry to Esperanza Spalding and also performed alongside British R&B artist Corinne Bailey Rae on Saturday Night Live and recorded with Canadian pop icon Sarah McLachlan. One Jensen’s most frequent and closest collaborators though, is her sister, the saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen.

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