Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra featuring Ingrid Jensen

Montreal-based musician Christine Jensen has been described as, “an original voice on the international jazz scene... [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers,” by Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail. According to Greg Buium of Downbeat Magazine, “Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” After a performance at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival, Scott Yanow wrote, “She’s rapidly developing into a major force ... as a player and as a writer.” Jensen took up roots, leaving Nanaimo for Montreal in 1990, completing first degree from McGill University in jazz performance in 1994. She followed this up by doing a Master’s in Jazz Performance in 2006. Christine has honed her skills as a saxophonist under the tutelage of an impressive list of leading musicians including Pat La Barbera, Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Remi Bolduc, Dick Oatts and Steve Wilson. For her TD Toronto Jazz Festival appearance, Christine will be joined by her sister Ingrid — they have played together allover the world from Seattle’s Jazz Alley to New York’s Museum of Modern Art, from an SS Norway Jazz Cruise to a tour of Japan in 1997. “There’s definitely yin and yang in our approach. We come from different educational backgrounds in our later periods,” she says. “But we come from the same place, we grew up together, and there’s a spiritual part of the playing that we’re able to connect like no one else can.”

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