About

“A trumpeter who’s as versatile as she is vigorous”
– The New York Times

Biography

Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeter of her generation. As a sought-out teacher, collaborator, and soloist, it is easy to see why the New York Times calls her “as versatile as she is vigorous.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, Jensen became the youngest professor in the history of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria. In the 1990s, she recorded three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, becoming one of the most in- demand trumpet players on the global jazz scene.

Settling in New York City, she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider (1994-2012) and Darcy James Argue (2002-present). She has performed with a multi- generational cast of jazz legends ranging from Clark Terry to Esperanza Spalding. Jensen has also performed alongside British R&B artist Corrine Bailey Rae on Saturday Night Live and recorded with Canadian pop icon Sarah McLachlan. More recently, Jensen has been performing with Grammy winner Terri-Lyne Carrington and her Mosaic Project.

One of Jensen’s most frequent and closest collaborators is her sister, the saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen. She is a featured soloist on the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra’s Juno-award-winning album, Treelines (2011), and its successor, Habitat (2013). The sisters released a highly regarded small group recording entitled Infinitude (2016) on the Whirlwind label featuring the brilliant guitarist Ben Monder.

As a dedicated jazz educator, Jensen has taught trumpet at the University of Michigan and Peabody Conservatory; performed and lectured as a guest artist with the Thelonious Monk Institute High School group featuring Herbie Hancock; and performed and taught at the Centrum Jazz Workshop, The Dave Brubeck Institute, the Banff Centre Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, the Stanford Jazz Camp, and the Geri Allen Jazz Camp for Young Women.

Since her victory at the Carmine Caruso Trumpet Competition in 1995, Jensen has sat on the judges’ panel twice. She is regularly invited to trumpet festivals around the world and recently served as artist-in-residence at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival, where she also performed with her own quintet.

In addition to her quintet, Jensen leads her own quartet and organ trio. Her latest album, another release on the Whirlwind label, is an honoring to the late great Kenny Wheeler. Invisible Sounds (2018) is featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America hosted by Christian McBride and is receiving critical acclaim. Jensen’s own bands’ glowing reviews have earned her a loyal fan base around the globe. This year the accolades continue as Jensen has been hailed by the JJA as 2019’s Trumpeter of the Year.

Ingrid plays a custom Monette trumpet, built personally by the master builder Dave Monette.

As a Leader:

Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler with Steve Treseler (Whirlwind, 2018)

Infinitude with Christine Jensen (Whirlwind, 2016)

Kind of New with Jason Miles (Whaling City Sound, 2015) 

Flurry (ArtistShare, 2007)

At Sea (ArtistShare, 2005)

Now as Then (Justin Time, 2003)

Jam Session Vol. 4 (SteepleChase, 2002)

Higher Grounds (Enja, 1999)

Here on Earth (Enja, 1997)

Vernal Fields (Enja, 1994)

As a Sidewoman

with Darcy James Argue

  • Real Enemies (2016)

with Chris Connor

  • Haunted Heart (2001)

with Dena DeRose

  • Another World (1999)
  • United (2016)

with  the DIVA Big Band

  • Something’s Coming (Perfect Sound) (1996)

with Christine Jensen

  • Habitat (2013)
  • Treelines (2010)
  • Flurry (2007)
  • A Shorter Distance (2002)
  • Collage (2000)

with Geoffrey Keezer

  • Falling Up (2003)

with Virginia Mayhew

  • Chiaroscuro (1996)
  • Nini Green (1997)
  • Phantoms (2003)
  • No Walls (2004)
  • Simple Thank You (2008)

with Tobias Meinhart

  • Natural Perception (2015)

with Maggi Olin

  • Dreams (1999)
  • Live at Fasching (2002)

with Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal

  • Dans la forêt de ma mémoire (2015)

with the Maria Schneider Orchestra

  • Allegresse 2000
  • Days of Wine and Roses – Live at the Jazz Standard (2000)
  • Concert in the Garden (2004)
  • Sky Blue (2007)

with Judi Silvano

  • Let Yourself Go (2004)

with Steve Treseler

  • Center Song (2013)

with Marianne Trudel

  • La vie commence ici (2014)

with the Vienna Art Orchestra

  • FE & Males (1994)

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