Our second featured co-conspirator today is trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, who will need no introduction to most jazz listeners -- Ingrid has been among the most outstanding artists on her instrument for many years. Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, she headed east after receiving a number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has been 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, Ingrid has made her mark. Her three CDs for the ENJA label and her latest album, At Sea, won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.
Ingrid's performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, the Caribbean and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia. She can be heard with the Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, the IJQ with Geoffrey Keezer, Project O, Nordic Connect and a number of New York-based bands. She has received rave reviews and has a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated, for the second time, alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a Jazz Journalist Association Award in New York and is seen yearly in the top five of the Downbeat Critic polls in the Talent Deserving Wider Recognition category. Ingrid was featured on Gil Evans' Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, under the direction of Maria Schneider and was also a guest in the festival's "Tribute to Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard", alongside Terence Blanchard, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Kenny Garrett. Some of the many musicians she has performed and or recorded with include; Steve Wilson, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Marc Copland, Bob Berg, Gary Thomas, Gary Bartz, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Stewart, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Geoffrey Keezer, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Chris Connor, Victor Lewis, Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Dr.Billy Taylor and the DIVA Big Band. In addition to performing, she conducts master classes, clinics, and workshops around the world.
Before Secret Society made our official debut in May 2005, I spent about a year and half holding various ad-hoc reading sessions, trying out music and players and ideas and basically trying to psych myself up for embarking on such a daunting project. Ingrid played on many those sessions, and eventually buttonholed me after rehearsal and told me it was time for me to set up an actual gig for the band. So I did.
I wrote "Transit" to feature Ingrid and there are many great versions in our live audio archive -- I am partial to this one.
As part of our fundraising efforts for our upcoming recording, Infernal Machines, we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor a Secret Society musician. We are delighted to announce that Ingrid Jensen has been sponsored! She will appear on our debut recording courtesy of Dave Lisik. We are very grateful for this generous contribution, as we would not be able to record without your support. If you, too, would like to sponsor a musician on our upcoming album, please click here for the details.
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.