Ingrid Jensen

Trumpet – Jazz Institute Online


orn in Vancouver and raised in Nanimo, Canada, Ingrid headed east after receiving a number of scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has contained a whirlwind of musical activities. From her early days playing in the subways of New York to establishing herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres, Ingrid has made her mark. Her three albums for the ENJA label and her latest album, At Sea, won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields. Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, South Africa, the Caribbean, and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia.

Jensen can be heard as a soloist with the Christine Jensen Orchestra, her own quartet and quintet formations, Project O, Nordic Connect, and a number of other New York-based bands. She has received rave reviews and a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated for the second time alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a Jazz Journalist Association Award in New York and is seen yearly in the top five of the DownBeat Critics Polls in the “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” category. Ingrid was featured on Gil Evans’s Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival under direction of Maria Schneider, and was also a guest in the festival’s “Tribute to Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard” alongside Terence Blanchard, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutchinson, and Kenny Garrett. Some of the many musicians she has performed and/or recorded with include Esperanza Spalding, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bill Stewart, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Geri Allen, George Garzone, Geoffrey Keezer, Victor Lewis, Clark Terry, the DIVA Big Band, and many more. She also performed on SNL with British soul star Corrine Bailey Rae and played a number of gigs with comedian/actor/singer Dennis Leary with special guest Peter Frampton. Ingrid was also a featured soloist with singer Madelaine Peyroux as part of the “Tribute to Billie Holiday” project in Brazil which included bass legend Ron Carter and piano virtuoso Mulgrew Miller.

Ingrid was on staff at the Port Townsend Centrum Jazz Workshop for five consecutive years and from 1990 until 1992 held the Professor of Jazz Trumpet chair at the Bruckner Conservatory of Music in Austria. Currently she is an Artist-in-Residence on the trumpet faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Jensen continues to fill her schedule with an astonishing array of artistic creativity as a performer and educator. In addition to performing, she conducts master classes, clinics, and workshops around the world.

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