Born in Vancouver
and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, Ingrid headed east after receiving a
number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in
Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has contained a whirlwind of
musical activities. From her early days playing in the subways of New
York, to establishing herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array
of musical genres, Ingrid has made her mark. Her three CD's for the
ENJA label and her latest CD, At Sea, won her nominations from the
Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.
Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, the Caribbean and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia.
Jensen can be heard with the Grammy winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, the IJQ with Geoffrey Keezer, Project O, Nordic Connect and a number of New York-based bands. She has received rave reviews and a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated, for the second time, alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a Jazz Journalist Association Award in New York and is seen yearly in the top five of the Downbeat Critic polls in the Talent deserving wider recognition category. Ingrid was featured on Gil Evans' Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, under the direction of Maria Schneider and was also a guest in the festival's "Tribute to Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard", alongside Terence Blanchard, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Kenny Garrett. Some of the many musicians she has performed and or recorded with include; Steve Wilson, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Dr.Lonnie Smith, Marc Copland, Bob Berg, Gary Thomas, Gary Bartz, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Stewart, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Geoffrey Keezer, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Chris Connor, Victor Lewis, Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Dr.Billy Taylor and the DIVA Big Band. She also performed on SNL with the British soul star, Corrine Bailey Rae.
Ingrid has been on staff at the Port Townsend Centrum Jazz Workshop for the past five years and from 1990 until 1992 held the professor of Jazz Trumpet chair at the Bruckner Conservatory of Music. Jensen continues to fill her schedule with an astonishing array of artistic creativity as a performer and educator. In addition to performing, she conducts master classes, clinics, and workshops around the world.