Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen has been described as, “an original voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers,” by
Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail. According to Greg Buium of Downbeat Magazine, “Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” After a performance at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival, Scott Yanow wrote, “She’s rapidly developing into a major force … as a player and as a writer.” |
Jensen is equally at home performing in small and large ensemble settings. Her latest opus, Treelines - The Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra on Justin-Time Records, won her the 2011 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, along with Quebec’s Opus Award for jazz recording of the year. Downbeat magazine described it as“…a stunning orchestral debut… ****1/2 stars”. She recently performed at various jazz festivals across Canada as well as at Dizzy’s Jazz Club-Lincoln Center in New York with this ensemble. “Jensen’s formidable orchestra is the glistening sunlight, the tranquility and force of the ocean, and the majestic trees that her music imagines.”-Jazz Times
Christine Jensen was born in Sechelt, British Columbia, in 1970, growing up in Nanaimo among
some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Phil Dwyer, Diana Krall, blues guitarist, David Gogo,
and her sister Ingrid. Her pianist/mother raised her daughters on music, exposing them to
everything from Chopin to Broadway to Big Bands. Jensen’s first love was the piano, developing
an individual style influenced by two greats: “I freaked out over Oscar Peterson and … Bill Evans
was a big epiphany when I was a teenager, as a musician who created an impressionistic sound.”
Once she started studying the saxophone at age 12, she quickly grew to love it as she realized that
she could create her own voice through that instrument.
The past few years have kept Jensen busy on the international stage, taking her music to India,
Peru, Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, and Haiti. In 2007, she performed with
her quartet at Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center, as well as at Burlington’s “Discover Jazz” Festival.
Jensen is frequently heard across the country live in concert on CBC radio and Radio-Canada’s