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Christine Jensen

Artist, Grands Spectacles

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*** Included in the Festi Jazz Pass ***

As part of the Grands Spectacles series, the International Rimouski Jazz Fest is proud to present an evening of performances by Christine Jensen.

Montreal-based alto and soprano saxophonist, composer and bandleader Christine Jensen continues to play a key role on the international jazz scene in 2024. Renowned for her captivating compositions and deft improvisations, she is considered one of Canada’s leading jazz talents. Jensen won the Juno 2024 award for best jazz album (solo) with “Day Moon,” produced with his Montreal quartet, and is looking forward to the summer release of his new album “Harbour” with his 19-piece jazz orchestra.

Over the course of his career, Jensen has received numerous accolades, including two previous Juno Awards for his albums Habitat (2014) and Treelines (2011). His suite Under the Influence also won the Opus Prize for Jazz Recording of the Year in 2017. Alongside her sister, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, she co-directs Infinitude and is also a member of the CODE Quartet, a no-chords collective based in Montreal.

His long list of concerts around the world includes numerous commissions, guest artist residencies and collaborations, underlining his status as a leader in jazz education and performance. One of his recent performances was conducting the Frankfurt Radio Big Band with Mark Turner as guest artist. Jensen recently left McGill University for the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, where she teaches composition, saxophone and ensembles. With her current projects and the release of her new album, Christine Jensen remains a central figure in shaping the future of jazz in North America and internationally.

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