Gig Details

Friday 22 November. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.

Advance tickets available from at the same net price as on the door.

Trumpets: Ingrid Jensen, Nick Smart, Ryan Quigley, Andre Canniere; Trombones: Rory Ingham, Paul Dunlea, Richard Henry; Saxophones: Tori Freestone, Josephine Davies, Rachael Cohen, Christine Jensen, Alex Garnett; Rhythm Section: Alcyona Mick – piano/keys, Dave Preston – guitars, Michael Janisch – bass, Klemens Marktl – drums

A very special treat! Over the past twenty years or so, as trumpeter and saxophonist respectively, the Canadian Jensen sisters have each shaped prolific careers in contemporary jazz. They have collaborated with influential names such as Clark Terry, Maria Schneider and Terri Lyne Carrington, working with large and small ensembles, and responding to various commissions to compose for jazz orchestras around the globe. Tonight’s programme features original and arranged compositions from both Ingrid and Christine performed by a 16 piece big band which includes a galaxy of leading American and European musicians who are associated with the Whirlwind label.

Extracts from a review by Josh Grossman:

“Sisters Ingrid and Christine Jensen – born in Vancouver, raised in Nanaimo and whose world travels have led them to settle in New York and Montreal, respectively – have often shared the stage over the years.

Ingrid has been the featured guest on the two JUNO Award winning albums from the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra; they lead the international jazz group Nordic Connect along with pianist Maggi Olin. As a trumpeter, there are a few different aspects of Ingrid’s playing which stick out for me. All players at the top of their game can get around their respective instruments with ease. But Ingrid has a flexibility on the trumpet which I feel is unique – one minute at the bottom of the range, the next minute near the top, with no perceptible effort expended in bridging the distance. Every note is clean and clear; her sound pure and round. And her technique is ferocious – weaving long lines, moving in and out of harmony, through all registers of the instrument. But melody remains at the core of her improvising: her playing seems rarely to be flashy just for the sake of being flashy – it is always in the pursuit of creating interesting melody.

Christine Jensen has earned international acclaim as a composer, and rightfully so. To me her writing evokes the lush landscape of various Canadian locales; it’s also melodically and harmonically interesting and a joy to perform. She has released two albums with her Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, and both have won JUNO Awards. Composers must choose their notes carefully – in the best writing (outside of improvised sections), not much happens by chance. I feel that Christine’s playing as a saxophonist is similar – melodic content and a lush sound are at the core; each solo is a composition unto itself. According to Christine, “Composing seems to have chosen me, and it’s become a passion to express myself…I’m pretty lucky because composing has given me long-term growth, while improvising involves seizing the moment. Combining these two elements is the beauty of being a contemporary jazz artist.” “