Weekend Listening Tips: Jensens And Kirchner

Jim Wilke’s Jazz Northwest broadcast on Sunday afternoon will feature the Jensen sisters, trumpeter Ingrid and saxophonist Christine. Their prestigious rhythm section has pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind and drummer Jon Wikan. Wilke recorded the quintet at the Centrum Jazz Port Townsend festival in July.

I & C Jensen

From Jim’s announcement:

The sisters grew up in Nanaimo, BC and have gone on to successful musical careers. Christine Jensen now lives in Montreal where she composes for and leads her own jazz orchestra. Ingrid is based in New York, leads her own groups and plays with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and other ensembles. Both have recorded numerous CDs and tour internationally.

The program airs at 2 PM PDT Sunday on KPLU-FM, 88.5, Seattle-Tacoma, Washington. It will stream on the web at kplu.org. (Photo by Jim Levitt)

From the other coast, saxophonist, bandleader and broadcaster Bill Kirchner (pictured) sends word that the Newark/New York station WBGO will drop the venerable Jazz From The Archives at the end of December.Kirchner thinking Kirchner has two shows in the works before the series ends. Here is part of his announcement.

For my final two shows (August 17 and September 14), I’ve decided to focus on my proudest achievement in 45 years as a professional jazz musician: the music of my own Nonet, which was a working, touring,
NYC-based band between 1980 and 2001. The Nonet recorded five albums–one of them a 2-CD set. (go here for a listing of them).

The band included some of NYC’s finest jazz musicians and, I daresay, developed a unique identity. All of the three reed players “doubled” extensively on woodwinds, the two trumpeters on fluegelhorns, and the bass trombone provided a rich “bottom”; all this combined with a versatile rhythm section. As critic Larry Kart put it: “A musical coat of many colors, Kirchner’s Nonet sounds at times as though it were twice its actual size.”

Bill’s show will air this Sunday, August 17, from 11 p.m. to midnight, Eastern Daylight Time.

NOTE: If you live outside the New York City metropolitan area, WBGO also broadcasts on the Internet at http://www.wbgo.org/.

Have a good weekend.

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