Chemainus Jazz Festival, August 24, 2013
Chemainus Jazz Festival, August 24, 2013

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Christine and Ingrid Jensen Quintet

Christine Jensen
Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen has been described by Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail as an original voice on the international jazz scene, and one of Canada's most compelling composers. 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."

Christine Jensen was born in Sechelt, British Columbia, in 1970, growing up in Nanaimo among some of Canada's finest musicians, including Phil Dwyer, Diana Krall, blues guitarist David Gogo, and her sister Ingrid.

She left Nanaimo for Montreal to get her first degree from McGill University in jazz performance in 1994. She followed this by completing her Master's in Jazz Performance in 2006. Christine has honed her skills as a saxophonist under the tutelage of an impressive list of leading musicians, including: Pat La Barbera, Kenny Werner, Jim McNeely, Remi Bolduc, Dick Oatts and Steve Wilson.

Christine's website is

Ingrid plays trumpet and flugelhorn with all the brilliance and fire of a true virtuoso, following the spirit of the muse as she creates -- warm, sensitive, exciting and totally honest... Marian McPartland

Raised in Nanaimo, Ingrid Jensen 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, South Africa, 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.

Ingrid's website is

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Phil Dwyer

Multi-instrumentalist and composer/arranger Phil Dwyer burst on the jazz scene in Canada and internationally in his late teens, and by his early 20s was, to quote Globe & Mail journalist Mark Miller, startling jazz audiences with his unprecedented command of both tenor saxophone and piano and with his extraordinarily authoritative playing. Originally from BC, Dwyer had sought out the action and excitement of New York City when he was just 17, moving there in 1983 to study with Steve Grossman and David Liebman, and while there had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the true jazz legends who were still on the scene at that time.

Phile Dwyer playing
His full time music career started in the summer 1985 at age 19, as a member of Hugh Fraser's award winning quintet, and the big band VEJI from 1985-90, and also with the David Friesen Trio from 87-90, in addition to much freelance work on the Vancouver scene. The Friesen trio (w/drummer Alan Jones) went on to record the album "Other Times, Other Places" with guests Airto, Flora Purim, and Denny Zeitlin. With the Fraser quintet Dwyer won the Concours de Jazz Alcan at the 1987 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, the 1988 Juno Award for best jazz album, and appeared all accross Canada, as well as the New York Blue Note, the Paris Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s in London, and elsewhere in Europe and the U.K.

From 1989-2004 Dwyer lived in Toronto, where he was a key fixture in the major jazz clubs and recording studios. Tom Harrell, Red Rodney, Renee Rosnes, Ingrid Jensen, Marcus Belgrave and Kenny Wheeler all called upon him to join them on their Toronto visits. As well, Dwyer led his own various groups, and co-led bands with bassist Dave Young and pianist/organist Doug Riley. He often appeared with groups led by multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson, notably with a quartet featuring bassist Jim Vivian and acclaimed drummer Terry Clarke. While keeping a busy schedule on the Toronto scene Phil also found time to travel and perform across North America, Europe, South America and Asia.

In addition to his success as a performer, both on saxophone and piano, by the early 90s Dwyer began developing his craft as a composer and arranger, studying composition with the eminent Michael Colgrass, and picking up his arranging skills looking over the shoulders of some the great Toronto writers like Doug Riley, Rick Wilkins, and Jimmy Dale. His compositions have been commissioned and recorded by the Gryphon Trio, Roberto Occhipinti, CBC Orchestra and others. His arrangements have been heard on recordings by Guido Basso, Sophie Milman, Molly Johnson, Michael Kaeshammer, Quartetto Gelato, Patricia O'Callahan, and Dione Taylor, among others.

With recording credits including well over 100 commercial releases and hundreds more radio, television, and film sessions, Dwyer is one of the most recorded musicians in Canada. The Juno Awards represent the best in Canadian recordings annually and Phil has been featured as a player, writer, or producer on 7 recordings which have received a Juno Award, and has been a part of another 15 that received nominations. He has also been named best arranger and best saxophonist at the National Jazz Awards on multiple occasions. Early in his career he was awarded the "best soloist" prize at the BBC Big Band competition in Great Britain.

Phil's band at the jazz festival will be "The Phil Dwyer Academy of Musical and Culinary Arts All-Stars". Every summer outstanding amateur musicians from all walks of life meet in Qualicum Beach to take part in the PDAMCA. They spend a week sharpening their musical skills, enjoying the delightful cuisine and spending some time away from work. Under the guidance of their director, Phil Dwyer, they enjoy performing a wide variety of material from the mainstream jazz repertoire.

Phil's website is

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Stu Salmond and Tony Genge

Dr Anthony Genge was Born in Vancouver. As a pianist/composer, Tony Genge worked as a performer of jazz and rhythm & blues before studying composition. He was a student of the American composer Morton Feldman, and received his Ph.D. in composition from the State University of Buffalo in 1985. He received his M. Mus. from McGill University, and a B.Mus. degree from the University of Victoria.

Tony Genge is very active as both a jazz pianist and composer of classical music. As a busy Canadian jazz pianist, he has performed and recorded with many leading Canadian and international jazz artists, and is often heard in concert and clubs, leading his own trio or accompanying other artists. His classical compositions have been performed extensively by leading orchestras, soloists and chamber ensembles in Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan, and are available on many recordings.

Stu Salmond began playing acoustic bass in high school at the age of 13, and began performing professionally at 16 in Hamilton, Ontario. He perfected his chops with local dance bands on CBC and local radio shows, plus jazz venues, until 1952.

He moved to New York and played with such luminaries as Herbie Mann, Al Haig, Pepper Adams and Kenny Burrell before heading to Toronto to join the Peter Appleyard Quartet for more than 20 years. During this period he performed with Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Marian McPartland, Jimmy McPartland, "Wild Bill" Davidson, Jackie and Roy and the Mills Brothers. Stu also played with the local jazz musicians of the time: Ed Bickert, Moe Kaufman, Rob McConnell, Jerry Fuller, Phil Nimmons.

Retirement in B.C. in 1984 was short-lived as Stu soon became involved in the jazz scene on Vancouver Island performing with Roy Reynolds, Al Pease, Dixieland Express, Tom Vickery, Mike Harriott and others.

Don Leppard will be the drummer for Stu and Tony.

Tony Genge's website is

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Zandra Burns Zandra Burns studied classical voice for ten years with an inspirational teacher at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, but discovered her love for jazz by keeping her ears open and her metronome turned on. She had the pleasure of gigging with Ron Hollderson (of Lenny Breau fame), Reg Kelln, Laurie MacKenzie, Rick Boughton, Rob Lee, and Kesa - a solid bass player from Europe who quickly became a good friend.

Zandra believes that the voice is another instrument on the band stand. When pitch, melody, lyric interpretation and performance meld together effortless mastery is attained - communicating through the music with her fellow musicians becomes the ultimate experience. She will be performing with Patrick Courtin (keys) and Ben Dwyer (bass) at the festival.

Zandra's website is

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Paul Wainwright formed his own group in 2004 after many years of touring and recording. "I always wanted to do funky, groove jazz since I was a kid. I was always turned on by Weather Report, Spyro Gyra and the Crusaders. Grover Washington Jr and Stanley Turrentine were my heroes. This was my opportunity"

In 2006 he released "Paul Wainwright & SaxSafari-Plank Spankin'", which garnered rave reviews and considerable rotation in numerous US markets. His recordings continue to receive world-wide airplay.

Paul will be playing with Thomas Kinzell on piano and Charlie Wade on drums at the Chemainus festival.

Paul's website is

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