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Street Scenes: Christine Jensen – POSTPONED
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$20
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Hill Center is proud to welcome Christine Jensen as part of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival and Hill Center’s Street Scenes concert series, curated by Shannon Gunn.
Montreal-based saxophonist and composer, Christine Jensen has been described as, “an original voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers,” by Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail. According to Greg Buium of Downbeat Magazine, “Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” After a performance at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival, Scott Yanow wrote, “She’s rapidly developing into a major force … as a player and as a writer.”
Jensen is equally at home performing in small and large ensemble settings. Her latest opus, Treelines – The Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra on Justin-Time Records, won her the 2011 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, along with Quebec’s Opus Award for jazz recording of the year. Downbeat magazine described it as“…a stunning orchestral debut… ****1/2 stars”. She recently performed at various jazz festivals across Canada as well as at Dizzy’s Jazz Club-Lincoln Center in New York with this ensemble. “Jensen’s formidable orchestra is the glistening sunlight, the tranquility and force of the ocean, and the majestic trees that her music imagines.”-Jazz Times
Created by Amy K Bormet in 2011, Washington Women in Jazz hosts an annual festival (WWJF) each March to celebrate the women of the DC jazz community. Bormet and her colleagues develop, promote and lead a wide array of concerts, jam sessions, lectures, panels, discussions, and masterclasses. A highlight of the festival is the Young Artist Showcase, where high school and college women are given a platform to perform and connect with professional jazz artists.
“This city’s many expert female musicians too often fly under the radar – as is frequently the case in the male-dominated greater jazz world. But pianist and singer Amy K. Bormet’s festival has been a resounding success, with folks from around the city breathlessly taking note and taking part.”- capitalbop.com
Events take place across the DC region/area, and attract diverse audiences from every quadrant. The festival includes widely recognized jazz musicians such as Geri Allen and Ingrid Jensen, but focuses on strengthening the unique DC jazz community and creating solidarity with the women who call DC home. Finally, as a result of the WWJF, DC audiences are delighted by incredible performances, young talent is encouraged, and new collaborations are formed.
Bormet is a natural to the role of founder/director of the WWJF, as she is a graduate of DC’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and received her master’s degree in Jazz Studies at Howard University. She is a mentor and educator to young musicians with DC Legend Davey Yarborough at the Washington Jazz Arts Institute. As a professional jazz pianist, she was selected for the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Emerging Artist Workshop at the Kennedy Center in 2010, working closely with Joanne Brackeen, Terri Lyne Carrington and the late Dr. Billy Taylor. Her quintet, Striking, was featured in the 2012 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Join us for a post-concert wine reception with the artist.
This project was supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.