Jensen leads jazz intensive

NANAIMO – Christine Jensen returns as director of Summer Jazz Intensive with Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.

Fresh from an acclaimed performance with her sister Ingrid at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Island-raised jazz musician Christine Jensen is thrilled to be back this summer as director of the Summer Jazz Intensive with the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music and for a star-studded faculty concert.

“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, Joel Miller and my sister Ingrid,” Jensen said. “I am also grateful that Nanaimo Conservatory of Music is hosting the event for the second year. We would really like to make this an annual event.”

The camp, scheduled from Aug. 19-23,  is aimed at aspiring jazz musicians ages 14 to adult.

Lister, Christine Jensen and Ingrid Jensen, and Miller belong to an elite class of internationally renowned Canadian musicians and composers, and share a deep connection to central Vancouver Island.

The Jensen sisters, natives of Cedar who now reside in Montreal and New York, are excited to work with Nanaimo’s next generation of jazz musicians.

Lister, who lives in Qualicum Beach, is another example of established bandleaders and session players who have helped make a name for Vancouver Island on the international jazz scene.

Miller, who hails from Montreal, is a multi-award winning musician and composer whose connection to the Island comes from his partnership with Christine Jensen.

The faculty will also give a concert on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

Celebrating its 35th year in the Harbour City arts scene, the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music presents its brand new summer program.

Under the direction of four Juno-Award winning artists, the Summer Jazz Intensive will offer master classes, music appreciation, ensemble work, and individual instruction, as well as an opportunity to witness world class professional musicians work their magic firsthand. For more information on the concert or the Summer Jazz Intensive, please call 250-754-4611.