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Christine Jensen


CHRISTINE JENSEN (saxophonist) Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen was born in Sechelt, British Columbia, in 1970.  She grew up in Nanaimo among some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Phil Dwyer, Diana Krall, David Gogo, and her sister Ingrid. After relocating to Montreal, she received Bachelor and Masters degrees from McGill University. She has studied with Pat LaBarbera, Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Remi Bolduc, Dick Oatts and Steve Wilson.

Jensen has previously released three small ensemble recordings: Collage (2000), A Shorter
 Distance (2002), and Look Left (2006), all on the Effendi label. Along with her sister, New York
-based trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, and close friend and long-time musical cohort, Swedish pianist,
 Maggi Olin, she co-leads the group Nordic Connect. The group has released Flurry and Spirals and has toured Canada, the US, and Scandinavia extensively.

Christine has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, including Geoffrey Keezer, 
Lenny, Pickett, Brad Turner, Karl Jannuska, François Théberge, Gary Versace, Donny McCaslin, 
Steve Amirault, Franck Amsallem, and Joel Miller     

Noted for her ability to transfer the intimate sound of a quartet into larger ensembles, Jensen’s
 music has been performed by ensembles around the globe, including the Frankfurt Radio Big
Band, Germany; the UMO Big Band, Finland; and the McGill Jazz Orchestra, Montreal. She was 
honoured with an Opus Award for Jazz Concert of the Year in 2006, from the Quebec Council for
 the Arts, for leading the 18-member Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, with special guest Donny

With the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, she released Treelines in 2010. In addition to a JUNO nomination, the record won Quebec’s Opus Award for jazz recording of the year in 2011.

Her Jazz Orchestra released Habitat in 2013, which won a JUNO award in 2014.


2013 - JUNO award for 'Contemporary Jazz Album' for Treelines
2014 - JUNO award for 'Contemporary Jazz Album' for Habitat