Francis Marion University’s Jazz Express will perform in concert, Thursday, April 7.
The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the McNair Science Building auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature visiting artist Ingrid Jensen on trumpet. Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, she left home after receiving a number of scholarships and awards to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has been a whirlwind of musical activities. From her days in the all-female band DIVA, to establishing herself and her music in a wide array of musical genres, Jensen has made her mark. Her three CDs for the ENJA label won her numerous nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, and a win in 1995 for her first of the three, Vernal Fields.
Her career within New York is a busy one as well. Performing with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, a number of other New York-based bands and with her own groups, Jensen has received rave reviews and a strong reputation in the jazz circle. In 2003 she was nominated, for the second time, alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a JJA Award in New York.
She is currently on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, as well as having spent time in Austria as professor of jazz trumpet at the Bruckner Conservatory of Music and at the Hochshule for Musik in Berlin.
Jazz Express is under the direction of FMU music professor Craig Alberty.
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