Former Nanaimo musician leads jazz camp

Christine Jensen joins Ken Lister and Phil Dwyer for faculty concert

A trio of internationally renowned jazz musicians lead a jazz camp for Nanaimo students.

Christine Jensen, Ken Lister and Phil Dwyer also perform for the community in a faculty concert at Diners Rendezvous Aug. 14.

Lister, Jensen and Dwyer – who just won the Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album – share a deep connection to central Vancouver Island.

Jensen, a native of Cedar who now resides in Montreal, is excited to work with Nanaimo’s next generation of jazz musicians.

Dwyer and Lister, who both live in Qualicum Beach, are just two more examples of established bandleaders and session players who have helped make a name for Vancouver Island on the international jazz scene. Between the two of them, they have shared the stage with everyone from Tom Harrell to Slide Hampton, and both men have also appeared on multiple Juno-award winning albums.

The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, approaching its 35th anniversary, presents a new summer program, offering master classes, music appreciation, ensemble work and individual instruction, as well as an opportunity to witness world-class professional musicians work their magic.

“I’m really happy that we’re able to do the jazz camp and concert again in Nanaimo, and I’m thrilled to be working with Ken Lister and Phil Dwyer,” Jensen said.

The concert starts at 6 p.m. Tickets $20; $10/students from the conservatory or the restaurant. Please call 250-754-4611.