Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Tia Fuller and Ingrid Jensen as 2018 Artists-in-Residence

Monterey, Calif.; October 4, 2017; Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to announce that saxophonist Tia Fuller and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen have been selected as joint Artists-in-Residence for the 61st Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21-23, 2018, and will work year-round with young musicians in performances and clinics at the 2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Over the Festival's 60-year history, artists have had an informal role in the production and artistic selection of the festival, including John Lewis, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. In 2004, the Artist-In-Residence program was revamped to include educational visits to the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Summer Jazz Camp, outside the festival weekend.

“I am very excited and pleased to be working with both Ingrid and Tia for 2018,” said MJF Artistic Director Tim Jackson. “They are master musicians, outstanding educators and engaging communicators. It is the perfect recipe for success and our students are in for a meaningful experience and a whole lot of fun!”

Mack Avenue recording artist Tia Fuller is a touring artist and full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music. Beyoncé selected Tia as part of several world tours in the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Tia can also be seen touring regularly with a number of bands, including Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning Mosaic Project and Money Jungle “Provocative in Blue.” She has acted as the assistant musical director for tours by Esperanza Spalding and Dianne Reeves, and has performed with the Ralph Peterson, Rufus Reid, Geri Allen, the Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra, Wycliff Gordon, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Chaka Kahn, Ledisi, Kelly Rowland, Jay-Z, Jill Scott, Pattie Labelle, Nona Hendryx, Sheila E, Valerie Simpson, Dionne Warwick, Janelle Monáe, Patrice Rushen, Erykah Badu, and Aretha Franklin.

Tia has recorded four CDs with her quartet, all of which have received praise from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and numerous jazz publications. In addition, she presents lectures, residencies and masterclasses at some of the most respected institutions in the country including Duke University, University of Colorado at Denver, Spelman College, University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, New Mexico State University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Rimon School of Music in Israel.

Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. Born and raised in British Columbia, after graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989 and winning the Carmine Caruso Trumpet Competition in 1991, she recorded three highly-acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand trumpet players. After a teaching stint as the youngest professor in the history of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria, Ingrid settled in New York City where she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue.

In addition to performing with Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, Ingrid is a featured soloist on the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra’s JUNO award-winning album Treelines and Habitat. She has performed with a multi-generational cast of jazz legends ranging from Clark Terry to Esperanza Spalding. Ingrid also leads her own quintet, quartet and organ trio, and her bands have garnered glowing reviews and a loyal fan base in Australia, South Africa, Europe, North and South America, Japan, and Mexico.

Ingrid is also a dedicated jazz educator, and has taught at the University of Michigan and Peabody Conservatory; performed and lectured as a guest artist with the Thelonious Monk Institute High School group featuring Herbie Hancock; the Centrum Jazz Workshop, the Brubeck Institute, the Banff Centre Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, Geri Allen's All-Female Jazz Residency, and the Stanford Jazz Camp, to name a few.

She is regularly invited to trumpet festivals around the world, including a prestigious invitation in 2011 to work with classical trumpet maestro Håkan Hardenberger and the Swedish Wind Orchestra. Ingrid’s most recent release, an electric project with keyboardist Jason Miles, has garnered rave reviews globally and has led to recent collaborations with Joe Lovano and Lionel Loueke.

The 61st Monterey Jazz Festival will take place September 21-23, 2018 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Monterey, California.


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Timothy Orr
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Monterey Jazz Festival

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