The NSU Jazz Orchestra will perform “Time Check.” Jensen will perform her composition of “At Sea” which was arranged and orchestrated by Fred Sturm, “Man in the Black Hat” by Jon Wikan and “Dance You Monster to My Soft Song” by Maria Schneider.
A native of Vancouver, Canada, Jensen attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating, she played in the subways of New York, then established herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres. Her three CD’s for the ENJA label and her latest CD, “At Sea,” won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for “Vernal Fields.”
She has performed as a leader and featured soloist in from Canada, Japan, Australia, South America, South Africa, the Caribbean and to almost every country in Europe.
Jensen 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 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.
Jensen 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. She also performed on Saturday Night Live with the British soul star, Corrine Bailey Rae and played a number of gigs with comedian/actor/singer Dennis Leary with special guest, Peter Frampton.
Jensen was a featured soloist with singer Madelaine Peyroux as part of the Tribute to Billy Holiday project in Brazil which included bass legend Ron Carter and piano virtuoso, Mulgrew Miller. Her recent gigs and recordings include : The Playboy Jazz Festival with the Bill Cosby All- Stars, The Mosaic project with Terri-Lynn Carrington, Esperanza Spaulding and Geri Allen and The Juno award winning Christine Jensen Orchestra.
For five years, she was on staff at the Port Townsend Centrum Jazz Workshop and from 1990 until 1992 held the professor of jazz trumpet chair at the Bruckner Conservatory of Music in Austria. Currently, she is an artist-in-residence on the trumpet faculty at the University of Michigan. In addition to performing, she conducts master classes, clinics and workshops around the world.
Jensen will be one of the adjudicators for performances by middle school, high school and collegiate jazz ensembles which begins at 10:30 a.m.
Festival participants include ensembles from Airline High School, Sherwood Middle School of Baton Rouge, West Ouachita High and Fontainebleau High of Mandeville. Northwestern State’s Jazz Orchestra along with the NSU Wednesday Night Combo and Thursday Night Combo will also perform.