Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, she left home after receiving a number of scholarships and awards to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989 her life has been a whirlwind of musical activities. From her days in the all-female band DIVA, to establishing herself and her music in a wide array of musical genres, Ingrid has made her mark. Her three CDs' for the ENJA label won her numerous nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards and a win in 1995 for her first of the three, Vernal Fields.
Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, South America, Great Britain, the Caribbean and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia.
Her career within New York is a busy one as well. Performing with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band and with her own groups. Ingrid has received rave reviews and a strong reputation in the jazz circle. In 2003 she was nominated, for the second time, alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a JJA Award in New York. She played Gil Evans' Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, under the direction of Maria Schneider and was also featured in the festivals' tribute to Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard, along with Terrence Blanchard, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Kenny Garrett. Some of the many musicians she has performed and or recorded with include; Steve Wilson, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Dr.Lonnie Smith, Marc Copland, Bob Berg, Gary Thomas, Gary Bartz, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Stewart, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Geoff Keezer, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Chris Connor, Victor Lewis and Clark Terry.
She is currently on faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, as well as having spent time in Austria as professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Bruckner Conservatory of Music and at the Hochshule for Musik in Berlin. She continues to travel and perform extensively, conducting clinics and workshops as well as playing with her own groups and appearing as a guest with a variety of ensembles from around the world.
…on flugelhorn as well as trumpet, Ingrid " is making her mark," writes Howard Mandel, " with clear and clean horn lines, earthy,blue and energized recalling the great ones of the '60s."
" 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
…" Jensens' strengths - an unpredictable streak, a growing self - assurance and a gorgeous tone..." Mark Miller, Toronto Globe and Mail
…" She's playing her behind off…." Terrence Blanchard
" Full of pepper and smarts, Jensen is flat out one of the best trumpet players in Jazz…"
Paul Debarros, Seattle Times.
HIGHER GROUNDS, Ingrid Jensen (Victor Lewis and Gary Thomas) ENJA Records
HERE ON EARTH, Ingrid Jensen (featuring Gary Bartz) ENJA Records
VERNAL FIELDS, Ingrid Jensen (featuring George Garzone) ENJA Records
ANOTHER WORLD, Dena De Rose, Sharp Nine records
THE NEWCOMER, George Colligan, Steeplechase Records
NINI GREENE, Virginia Mayhew (featuring Kenny Barron) Chiaroscuro Records
YOUTH SONIC (with Chris Potter, George Colligan) Swing Journal Production
LEAVE IT TO DIVA & SOMETHING'S COMING, DIVA Ltd.
ROSANNA LOVES RAY, Rosanna Vitro (with Kenny Werner) Telarc Records
OFF THE WALL, Dan Wall (with Adam Nussbaum) ENJA Records
FIND A WAY, Joel Miller, Isthmus Records
MACHINATION, Helene Labarrierre, Deux Z
FE&MALES, Vienna Art Orchestra, Polygram Amadeus Records
IF Women Ruled the World, Ethel Ennis, Denon Records
BRIGHT LIGHTS, Johannes Enders, ENJA Records