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Jen Krupa

California native Jennifer Krupa is an active trombonist in the Washington, DC area. A member of the United States Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble since 2004, Jen also performs regularly with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra; and her own group, JLQ, with saxophonist Leigh Pilzer.

Jen has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, David Berger’s Sultans of Swing, the Wycliffe Gordon Quintet/Sextet, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mandel, Chris Potter, Bill Watrous, Christian McBride, Eddie Daniels, Arturo Sandoval and numerous others. She has performed in extensively in North America, as well as in Asia, Europe, and South America, and can be heard on recordings by Wycliffe Gordon, Johnny Mandel, Ann Hampton Calloway, the Blue Saracens, Brooks Tegler and Eva Cassidy, along with several recordings by the Commodores.

Jen is also in-demand composer and arranger. In 2006, Jen conducted the University of Scranton Concert Band and Choir in a performance of her compositions, commissioned for the 23rd Annual World Premier Composition Series Concert. Her arrangement of “Freight Trane” is included on the Commodores 2005 recording The Commodores: 3 Shades of Blue, and her arrangement of “Four On Six” is on their latest CD, Directions.


Album Review

Leigh Pilzer: Beatin' the Odds

Read "Beatin' the Odds" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Beatin' the Odds. To baritone saxophonist Leigh Pilzer, that is far more than a catchphrase: it is a grim yet ultimately happy reality. In 2017, Pilzer was diagnosed with cancer. After extensive treatments, her odds of surviving more than five years were reckoned as around thirty percent. But six years have gone by, and not only has Pilzer beaten the odds, she is cancer-free, back in the saddle and performing again. And not only performing but writing ...

Album Review

The Scott Silbert Big Band: Jump Children

Read "Jump Children" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The best music, in jazz or any other genre, is and should be timeless. To prove the point, the Scott Silbert Big Band celebrates the songs of a bygone era on its debut album, Jump Children, refreshing a number of memorable themes from the '30s, '40s and '50s and underscoring their relevance in an ultra-modern twenty-first century environment. His goal, Silbert writes, was “to represent the fantastic musicianship of the artists [who] originally performed these works," venerated masters such as ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Beatin' the Odds

Self Produced



Sunnyside Records


Jump Children

Self Produced


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