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  • Clermont Vineyards & Winery 241 County Route 6 Germantown, NY 12526 (map)

Ingrid Jensen's Happy Trails Trio, composed of Gary Versace on organ, Matt Wilson on drums, and herself on her Monette trumpette, will open Jazz in GTown's 2017-2018 season at Clermont Vineyards.  Our concert is in-between Ingrid's two European tours scheduled for the fall.

Ingrid taught herself to read music as a child watching her mother play the piano and then matching the notes up with her fingers.  She played trumpet in her school, and credits her 7th grade band director for teaching her to improvise, as she learned to play what she heard in her head.  

As a teenager she attended Port Townsend Jazz Workshop where she met many of her idols, among them Phil Woods and Bobby Shew, and they urged her to continue her studies.  She did.  She gradated from Berklee, played the New York subways, took inspiration from Diana Krall, Maria Schneider, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, and others, and now she travels the world performing as leader and featured soloist, often with her sister Jeanine Jensen on saxophone. She is considered one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation.

She plays a custom trumpet built personally by master builder David Monette.  Its flugel-cupped mouthpiece and flumpet bell gives her sound a rich, mellifluous quality.

Hammond B-3 player Gary Versace received his masters in Music Performance from Eastman and spent eight years as a tenured associate professor in the jazz studies department at the University of Oregon.  Now he's in New York, plays accordion, piano, but mostly B3 with the likes of John Scofield, Jerry Bergonzi, and Maria Schneider, and on and on, and has several CD's out under his own name.  Marian McPartland has praised him as "endlessly inventive. He does a lot of fresh things - he really has an extraordinary talent."

Drummer Matt Wilson's August release of Honey and Salt, is the culmination of his 15 years of work setting the poetry of Carl Sandburg's poetry to music.  Downbeat gave him five stars for this CD and Jerome Wilson (allaboutjazz) called it "quite simply, the finest work of Matt Wilson's career."  Matt played at the Obama White House, and with Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden, Jane Ira Bloom, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron, and more, and has conducted over 250 outreach programs including an acclaimed Jazz for Young Peoples concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Winery
for another incredible performance.

                                     BARD students, show your I.D. and get 25% off.                                       Must show I.D. for a complimentary glass of wine.

                                     The bar will be open before and after the concert.                                       Tickets include one complimentary glass of wine -- $25

Please bring your ticket receipt as proof of purchase. 

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This event is made possible (in part) with public funds provided by The New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program at Greene County Council on the Arts.

Earlier Event: June 24
Later Event: December 2
The Zaccai Curtis Latin Jazz Quintet