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Christine Jensen

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Montreal, QC

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Canadian jazz artist Christine Jensen was born in Sechelt, British Columbia. She is an award-winning jazz saxophonist, composer, educator, and conductor of large and small jazz ensembles. She has been based in Montreal, Quebec since 1990. She graduated from McGill University’s prestigious jazz program, obtaining her Bachelor of Music degree in 1994, and Masters in Music degree in 2006.
Jensen released her first CD with her jazz ensemble as a leader in 2000, entitled "Collage" on the Canadian record label Effendi Records. She received excellent reviews from the press in Canada, the US, and Europe, and subsequently went on to release two other recordings including A Shorter Distance in 2002 and Look Left in 2007. With the support of the release of these recordings as a leader, Jensen gained an international profile with her touring activities.

In 2009 Jensen signed with Canada’s most internationally renowned jazz label Justin Time Records, historic for signing Diana Krall and Oliver Jones. She started a new path as a leader and composer especially, releasing two jazz orchestra recordings of her original works, including Habitat in 2012 and Treelines in 2010. Both recordings have received substantial press in the international music media. She reached ‘top ten CD of the year’ lists in United States and Canada with Treelines. She has also received extensive airplay in the US and Europe with both recordings.

Since signing with Justin Time, Jensen’s album Treelines went on to win Canada’s prestigious Juno award (Canada’s top recording industry award) for Contemporary Jazz Recording in 2011. She also won Quebec’s Opus prize for jazz recording of the year the same year. Treelines was also placed in the coveted leading review hotbox in Downbeat Magazine with 4.5 stars in 2011.

Jensen is co-leader of Nordic Connect with her sister, NY-based trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, and Sweden’s Maggi Olin on piano since 2005. They have kept a heavy touring schedule as an ensemble internationally since releasing two recordings on the NY based record label ArtistShare. Their recordings Flurry in 2007 and Spirals in 2010 have made top CD of the year lists in Europe and the US. They have also received strong radio play in the US with Sirius and public radio stations. This group has gone on to tour internationally, including numerous tours of Sweden and Canada, along with numerous US appearances at jazz venues as well as the Rochester International Jazz Festival.
Jensen’s touring itinerary as a leader has been intense over the past ten years. She has performed at some of the world’s top jazz festivals and clubs including two separate appearances with her own ensembles at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Jazz Club. She first performed in May 2007 with her quintet, and then was invited back March 2011 with an all-star NY big band where she was featured as conductor, leader and soloist. She has also performed some of the USA’s top jazz festivals including Rochester International Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, and FONT New York Jazz Festival. She has been invited to many international festivals as a leader of her quartet to represent Canada, including the Haiti Jazz Festival Port au Prince (2007)
and the Delhi Jazz Festival (2010). She also represented Canada with the European Broadcasters Union Big Band as a soloist in the host country of Turkey in 2003.

In October 2008 she performed a national tour of Mexico sponsored by the Cervantino Festival with her band the Jensen 5, co-led by Ingrid Jensen.

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