For the past three years, The Whole World in Her Hands has been my advocacy project for instrumental women in jazz but also to create unique original music with a female touch. I’ve been discussing the issues many times, the missing role models, the psychological and historical barriers, and the current danger of losing our hard-earned privileges and steps towards equality – read a great blog on the issues here. So one more time with feeling – in March 2017 we’ll celebrate Women’s History again – and we’ll do it in style with a series of concerts and events with the amazing trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.
And just in case you haven’t heard – who is Ingrid Jensen?
Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, she recorded three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label – here is a taste, soon becoming one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the global jazz scene. After a teaching stint in Europe in her early twenties (as the youngest professor in the history of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria), Ingrid settled in New York City in the mid-1990s where she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue.
More recently, Ingrid has been performing with the Grammy- winning Terri-Lyne Carrington and her Mosaic Project. Ingrid is a featured soloist on the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra’s JUNO award winning album Treelines (2011), and its successor, Habitat (2013). She has performed with a multi-generational cast of jazz legends ranging from Clark Terry to Esperanza Spalding. Ingrid has also performed alongside British R&B artist Corrine Bailey Rae on Saturday Night Live and recorded with Canadian pop icon Sarah McLachlan. In addition to her busy sideman and featured soloist schedule, Ingrid leads her own quintet, quartet and organ trio. Her own bands have garnered glowing reviews and a loyal fan base in Australia, South Africa, most countries in Europe, across Canada, the US, South America (including Brazil, Peru and Chile), Japan and Mexico.
Hopefully you followed some of the links in the bio above to be literally blown away – and if you’re not convinced yet, here is her set with us at the 2016 JEN Conference.
We are so honored that she will join us for this series of concerts – mark your calendars, this will be VERY special, a group of Nasty Women:
Ingrid Jensen – trumpet, Amanda Gardier – saxophone, Monika Herzig – piano, Hannah Marks – bass, Hannah Johnson – drums
Thursday, March 30, 5.30-8, Bear’s Place – Jazz Fables Series, Bloomington, IN
Friday, March 31, 7-9.30pm, Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, April 1, 7pm, Harlequin Theatre, Columbus, IN