Writer: Don Sparhawk
Canadian trumpet player Ingrid Jensen will headline a winter jazz festival Feb. 10 and 11, at Brigham Young University-Idaho. In addition to her performances, Jensen will conduct a jam session and several master classes open to the public.
Backing up Jensen on the concerts will be the BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance jazz ensemble under the direction of Mark Watkins and Vocal Union under the direction of Nori Brower.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Jensen headed east after receiving a number of scholarships 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, Jensen has made her mark. Her three CDs for the ENJA label and her latest CD, At Sea, won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.
Currently she is an artist-in-residence on the trumpet faculty at the University of Michigan. In addition to performing, she conducts master classes, clinics and workshops around the world.
Tickets for the Center Stage concert are $8 for the general public. They are available online at www.byui.edu/tickets, at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, or by calling 496-3170. Times for the master classes will be posted at www.byui.edu/music/jazz/.