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Ingrid Jensen: Living with the Trumpet

Video interview with the composer, trumpeter and bandleader taped at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

Ingrid Jensen backstage at 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

During the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, JazzTimes set up a make-shift video production studio backstage inside the old barracks of Fort Adams. During two afternoons, a succession of artists-including Jack DeJohnette, Jason Moran, Theo Bleckmann, Christian McBride, Linda Oh, Donny McCaslin, Dafnis Prieto, John Ellis, Darcy James Argue and several others-came in to talk about the festival, jazz education and their own projects. We have been posting these interviews at You can also see more of these video interviews from the Newport Jazz Festival (in 2011 and 2012), as well as from the Jazz Cruise, at the JazzTimes YouTube channel.

In this interview from the Newport Jazz Festival, composer, trumpeter and bandleader Ingrid Jensen talks about her early musical education and development, growing up in a musical family in Canada. She talks about working with Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue, as well as leading her own groups, including Project O. Jensen also explains the unique musical bond she shares with her sister, saxophonist Christine Jensen.

Ingrid Jensen on her early music education and development and wrestling with the demands of the trumpet:

Ingrid Jensen on her group Project O and on working with Darcy James Argue:

Ingrid Jensen on working with Maria Schneider and her sister Christine:

Video by Melissa Mergner. Audio by Jen Kim.

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