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Jazz great Ingrid Jensen to appear in residency at Hampden Academy

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HAMPDEN - Acclaimed jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is scheduled to appear in residency next week with Hampden Academy jazz students as part of the Jazz Residency Initiative, a non-profit organization which coordinates artists-in-residency with schools.

Jensen will present two master classes for students, with the first scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  This class will focus on developing deeper listening skills for a more exciting improvisational experience.

A brass master class will be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

During residencies, guest artists share knowledge with high school musicians through classes, rehearsals and interactive workshops and then perform live with the students at a Capstone Concert which is open to the community.

At the Capstone Concert, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., Jensen will perform with musicians Dave Wells on tenor sax, Ryan Parker on piano, Les Harris Jr. on drums and Greg Loughman on bass.

The workshops and Capstone Concert will be held in the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center, located at 89 Western Ave. in Hampden. 

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Jensen graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1989. 

Her 1994 debut album “Vernal Fields” won a Juno Award, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy.

In the mid-1990s, Jensen settled in New York City where she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue. She still calls New York City home today. 

In October 2006, Jensen appeared with British R&B singer Corrine Bailey Rae during the 32nd season of Saturday Night Live, performing “Put Your Records On” and “Like a Star.” 

More recently, she has performed with Grammy-winning Terri-Lyne Carrington and her Mosaic Project. 

As a leader, Jensen has released nine albums in her own name, including 2016’s “Infinitude,” recorded with her sister and frequent collaborator, Christine Jensen

Advance tickets for Thursday evening’s Capstone Concert are available for $22 at www.JazzResidencyInitiative.org/residencies and will also be available for purchase at the door.  

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