Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 7pm | The Redmoor (3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208)
Angel Song: Ingrid Jensen Plays the Music of Kenny Wheeler
The late great Kenny Wheeler had the unique appeal of being both an exciting and incendiary trumpet player, as well as an introspective and genius composer. DIVA alumnus and Juno Award nominee trumpeter Ingrid Jensen also possesses this poised balance of fire and reflection. The CCJO welcomes Ingrid to Cincinnati - during Women's History Month - to perform many of Kenny Wheeler's most famous pieces, including new interpretations of his hauntingly beautiful music.on. Count Basie and Duke Ellington alumnus, saxophonist Charlie Young, will join the big band to bring that historic recording to life through his impeccable musicianship.
Opening Act: Joining us to open the show will be the Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Artist Profile: Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
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 went on to record three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand trumpet players on 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 (1994-2012) and Darcy James Argue (2002-present). More recently, Ingrid has been performing with the Grammy-winning Terri-Lyne Carrington and her Mosaic Project and the highly acclaimed all-star ensemble, Artemis.
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, Jensen leads her own quintet, quartet and organ trio. Her own bands have garnered glowing reviews and earned her a loyal fan base around the globe.
Jensen is also a dedicated jazz educator, having taught trumpet at the University of Michigan and Peabody Conservatory, performing and lecturing as a guest artist with the Thelonious Monk Institute High School group featuring Herbie Hancock, and performing and teaching at the Centrum Jazz Workshop, The Dave Brubeck Institute, the Banff Centre Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music and the Stanford Jazz Camp and the Geri Allen Jazz Camp for young women. She is currently on faculty at both Purchase College and the Manhattan School of Music.
Since her victory at the Carmine Caruso Trumpet Competition in 1995, Jensen has since sat on the judges’ panel twice for said competition. She is regularly invited to trumpet festivals around the world and recently served as Artist-in-Residence at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival, as well as performing with her own quintet.
One of Ingrid’s most frequent and closest collaborators is her sister, the saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen. The sisters released a highly regarded small group recording entitled, Infinitude, on the Whirlwind label featuring the brilliant guitarist Ben Monder. Ingrid’s latest album, another release on the Whirlwind label, is an honoring to the late great Kenny Wheeler. Invisible Sounds, an album that is receiving critical acclaim as well as being featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America hosted by Christian McBride.
Ingrid is the 2019 recipient of the Jazz Journalists' Trumpeter-of-the-Year award.
Ingrid plays a custom Monette trumpet, built personally by the master builder Dave Monette.
About Kenny Wheeler
Jazz trumpeter and flügelhornist Kenny Wheeler was one of the most advanced voices on his instrument. Blessed with a full, lovely tone and an astounding range, Wheeler sounded equally at home in fiery free jazz explorations or softer, more lyrical post-bop meditations. Wheeler was born in 1930 in Toronto, Ontario, and began playing trumpet at age 12. After studying at Toronto's Royal Conservatory, he moved to London in 1952, where he gigged with swing and dance bands. He appeared with John Dankworth's orchestra at the 1959 Newport Festival and remained with that group until 1965. In 1966, Wheeler discovered free jazz, and, fascinated, joined John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemble for the next four years. In addition, he played jazz-rock fusion with the Mike Gibbs Orchestra from 1969-1975, and joined Tony Oxley's sextet (along with free jazz giants like Derek Bailey and Evan Parker) from 1969-1972. Through the latter, Wheeler was invited to join German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's groundbreaking free jazz big band the Globe Unity Orchestra in 1970, an association Wheeler maintained for years to come.
During the first half of the '70s, Wheeler played with Anthony Braxton, which became his primary focus. In 1975, he signed with the ECM label and recorded the well-received Gnu High, which established him as a solo artist of note; the following year, he left Braxton and joined the trio Azimuth. Wheelerturned out a series of excellent ECM albums, including 1977's Deer Wan and 1983's Double, Double You (that year, Wheeler also began a four-year run with the Dave Holland Quintet). Several more generally fine outings followed in the '90s, including the ECM dates Music for Large and Small Ensembles and The Widow in the Window (both recorded in 1990), plus other recordings for Justin Time and Soul Note later in the decade. During the 2000s and 2010s, he recorded several dates for CAM Jazz, including 2008's Other People with the Hugo Wolf String Quartet and 2011's One of Many with Steve Swallow. Wheeler died on September 18, 2014 after a brief illness. His final studio session, the Manfred Eicher-produced Songs for Quintet, was released in 2015 on what would have been Wheeler's 85th birthday.