January 21, 2018, 4 pm
Ingrid Jensen Quintet
Ingrid Jensen (tp) Jon Wikan (d), Martin Wind (b),
Steve Tressler (ts), Gary Versace (p)
This January the brilliant trumpeter Ingrid Jensen returns to JazzNights (see JN 20, 2007 ), this time leading a brilliant quintet. She’s had an incredibly busy life, including not only the intercontinental touring incumbent on any leading jazz musician, but teaching stints in both this country and in Europe, an Artist-in-Residence gig in Berlin, and an eventual - obligatory? - return to New York. She’s a graduate both of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the Mingus Big Band, and the Maria Schneider Orchestra, all great incubators of talent. She has serious educational chops as well – she was the youngest professor at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz for example, and has been on the faculty of many universities and institutes here and abroad. Of course, she plays in small groups as well, including her own projects.
Ms. Jensen has absorbed her musical ancestors, Miles, Woody, Clifford, and, I’d say from a recent hearing, Art Farmer and even Rex Stewart. She’s got an absolutely beautiful tone in her open horn work, never, ever sounding harsh but instead full, fat, and just flat out beautiful. Muted, she avoids being squeaky or thin, retaining color and thickness in her sound. And there is always her wonderful imagination.
It is not surprising that Ms. Jensen has often had to deal with stereotypes. As she said a while ago on NPR, directly addressing the subject, “When you look like I look -- a blond, white chick from Canada [Nanaimo, BC] -- you’re not supposed to sound the way I sound.” Well, as you will hear, she sounds just great: edgy and strong on trumpet, a little mellower on flugelhorn, but always full of melody, invention, and creative rhythmic and harmonic ideas.
One of her most frequent collaborators is her sister Christine, a tenor saxophonist of great talent. They have an excellent CD together (with guitarist Ben Monder), “Infinitude,” well worth checking out.
Here is what the great Clark Terry had to say about her:
“Ingrid Jensen is a marvelous trumpeter...I’m proud to refer to her as a protégé of mine...and she’s a nice lady too.”
Not a bad combination!
The late, great Marion McPartland added:
“Ingrid plays trumpet and flugelhorn with all the brilliance and fire of a true virtuoso…”
Her collaborators this January bring a remarkable set of talents. Drummer Jon Wikan is a creative percussionist able to coax fascinating sounds from an often minimal kit. Pianist Gary Versace is also a fine organist and a simply incredible accordionist. Bassist Martin Wind has graced JazzNights on two previous occasions. Those of you who heard him here with Carol Morgan or Bill Mays are well aware of his talents. Finally, tenor saxophonist Steve Tressler is an up-and-coming force on his instrument.
All in all, January 21st promises to be a wonderful afternoon of music. Hope to see you there.