March 19, 2008

Saw Ingrid Jensen at JM’s

On Monday, I went to see Ingrid Jensen play at Jimmy Mak’s with Alan Jones, Randy Porter, and Dave Speranza.  It was a great show with only a $5 cover.  I was worried that the crowd might be thin, since I hadn’t heard much press about the event, but both sets were pretty full.  It was especially great to see so many musicians out to hear a show – young and old.

I first met Ingrid at the Port Townsend Jazz Workshop in 2005, when she was my combo coach there.  I was lucky enough to be able to sit in with her band in NYC a few months later at a club called Kitano.  I also got to see her play a number of times, mostly with Maria Schneider’s band.  As far as trumpet players go, I don’t think you can ask for much more.  I hope Alan keeps finding ways to bring her out here.

In other news, JazzPDX.org has a new look, or will soon after I post this.  I’m looking forward to adding some new features, most notably a podcast which is in the works.  If you’re a Portland musician, be sure to send your album info to submit@jazzpdx.org so that I can put it in the “Featured Album” section.