Though she’s had an illustrious career in Montreal as one of Canada’s top saxophone players and jazz composers, Nanaimo’s Christine Jensen has never played in Campbell River.
However, that changes on November 7 when she will take the stage as part of CODE Quartet for the latest Highway 19 Concert at the Rivercity Stage at 1080 Hemlock St.
CODE Quartet is an outstanding jazz collective based out of Montreal made up of four faculty members from McGill University’s prestigious jazz program: Christine Jensen on saxophones, Adrian Vedady on acoustic bass, Lex French on trumpet, and Jim Doxas on drums. Each are in demand session players and leaders of their own ensembles. They have numerous Juno Awards and Grammy nominations between them and have performed with a who’s who of jazz from Arturo Sandoval, Diana Krall and Kurt Elling, to Oliver Jones, Dave Douglas and Laila Biali.
“To see musicians of this caliber in Campbell River, up close and personal in our cozy little theatre at Rivercity, is an amazing opportunity,” said Highway 19 Concerts programmer Lucas Schuller.
CODE Quartet came together four years ago to build on the freedom of expression of a chording instrument-free quartet pioneered by Ornette Coleman’s seminal group of the 1950s, with two horns interacting with acoustic bass and drums.
As with all Highway 19 concerts, tickets are free for kids when accompanied by a paying adult, and teens get in for only $5. Contact email@example.com or @hwy19concerts on Messenger to reserve youth tickets. General tickets are available through the Tidemark Theatre box office in person or online for $24 plus fees and taxes.