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Now making his home in Seattle, saxophonist Brent Jensen was the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Southern Idaho for many years. As the artistic director for the CSI Jazz Summit and the Jazz Saturdays workshop series, Jensen was a major force in cultivating new performers and bringing world-class jazz events to Idaho, creating a climate of rich cultural pursuit that remains since his departure. Raised in Boise, Brent Jensen studied in New York City with jazz legend Lee Konitz on a grant in 1987 from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He was a featured winner of the Woodwinds on Fire international talent search conducted in 1996 by Jazziz magazine and has performed with a variety of jazz artists including Gene Harris, Bobby Shew, Gary Foster, John Clayton, Joe LaBarbera, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, John Stowell, Bill Watrous, Jamie Findlay, Dave Peck, Dianne Schuur, Kristin Korb, Marc Seales, Doug Miller, John Bishop, Jeff Johnson, Bill Anschell, Don Sickler and many others

Album

More Sounds of a Dry Martini

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Take Ten; Desmond Blue; Look for the Silver Lining; These Foolish Things; Alone Together; Three to Get Ready; Bossa Antigua; Autumn Leaves; Just Squeeze Me.

Album

Friends Again

Label: Records DK
Released: 2021

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Article: Album Review

Brent Jensen: More Sounds of a Dry Martini

Read "More Sounds of a Dry Martini" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Two decades have passed since alto saxophonist Brent Jensen recorded his debut album for Origin Records, Sounds of a Dry Martini: A Tribute to Paul Desmond, in 2001. To Jensen's surprise, the album became so enormously popular that the possibility of a sequel was envisioned. There was, however, one large stumbling block—by 2007, Jensen had sold ...

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Track of the Day

Take Ten

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 06:06

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Brent Jensen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Brent Jensen

All About Jazz is celebrating Brent Jensen's birthday today! Now making his home in Seattle, saxophonist Brent Jensen was the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Southern Idaho for eighteen years. As the artistic director for the CSI Jazz Summit and the Jazz Saturdays workshop series, Jensen was a major force in cultivating new ...

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News: Recording

A Brent Jensen Desmond Reissue

A Brent Jensen Desmond Reissue

Curious about the unannounced and unpromoted reissue of a Brent Jensen album eighteen years after its debut, I asked Origin Records chief John Bishop in Seattle about its reappearance. The CD is Jensen’s The Sound Of A Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond, first issued in 2002. Mr. Bishop replied: “That record has been popular since it ...

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Article: Profile

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Jeff Johnson

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Jeff Johnson" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The city of jny: Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and '30s. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in ...

Album

Sonarchy Sessions: The Nasty Bits

Label: Records DK
Released: 2019

Album

The CSI Sessions

Label: Krispin Hartung Records
Released: 2019


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