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As a Downbeat Critic’s Poll winner for Rising Star Big Band, Arranger, and Soprano Saxophonist, Christine Jensen is constantly in motion leading her own jazz orchestra and small ensemble. Her albums Habitat and Treelines with the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra received Juno Awards for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year in 2010 and 2014 respectively. 2017’s Under The Influence Suite, commissioned and recorded by l’Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal, is an homage to Jensen’s significant musical influences including Kenny Wheeler, John Coltrane, and Lee Konitz. She is a two-time recipient of SOCAN’s Hagood Hardy Jazz Composer Award. Jensen has collaborated with artists such as Ben Monder, Gary Versace, Donny McCaslin, Lenny Pickett, Helen Sung, the UMO Jazz Orchestra, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, and her sister Ingrid Jensen. She is founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Canadian National Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music.
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