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
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