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Brent Jensen



 

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Soprano Saxophone SS522

In 1986-87, Brent Jensen studied in New York City with jazz legend Lee Konitz on a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He was a featured winner of the "Woodwinds on Fire" international talent search conducted by Jazziz magazine (August 1996).

Brent has performed with a wide variety of jazz artists including Gene Harris, Bobby Shew, Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson, John Bishop, Gary Foster, Dave Peck, Joe LaBarbera, John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, Curtis Stigers, John Stowell, Matt Jorgensen, Thomas Marriott, Jeff Baker, Kristin Korb, Jamie Findlay, Duck Baker, Dianne Schuur and many others.

His recording, "The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond" on Origin Records, charted at the number 1 position on jazz radio stations across the country. "Dry Martini" was also featured on JazzWeek's Top 100 and NPR's JazzWorks' Top 25 lists for the year 2002. "Stay Cool", Brent's second release on Origin made Jim Wilke's (host of "Jazz After Hours") "Favorite Jazz CDs of 2002" list. His fifth release on Origin is "One More Mile" featuring Seattle musicians Bill Anschell (piano), Jeff Johnson (bass) and John Bishop (drums). That disc was named one of Jim Wilke's "Favorite Jazz CDs of 2007" and made Tom Hull's (writer for "Village Voice" magazine) "Top 50 Jazz CDs of 2007" list. Brent's duo recording ("We Couldn't Agree More") with Seattle pianist Bill Anschell was named a 2009 "Critic's Choice" pick by "Jazziz" magazine and one of the "Best Northwest Jazz CDs of 2009" by Jim Wilke. His 2011 recording, "Humble Origins" (with the jazz quartet "Wellstone Conspiracy") was named one of the "Best Northwest Jazz CDs of 2011" by Jim Wilke.  Brent's most recent CD, "Blueprints" (w/pianist Bill Anschell & bassist Chris Symer) was named one of the "Best Northwest Jazz CDs of 2012" by Jim Wilke and one of the "Top 10 Jazz CDs of 2012" by "JazzTimes" magazine contributor Chris Heim.

Brent Jensen is an Assistant Professor of Music at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.


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