Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, Ingrid Jensen headed East after receiving a number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has been a whirlwind of musical activity. From her early days playing in the subways of New York, to establishing herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres, Jensen has made her mark. Her three albums for the ENJA label and her latest album, At Sea, have won her nominations for the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.
Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, South Africa, and the Caribbean, and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia.
Jensen can be heard with the Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, the IJQ with Geoffrey Keezer, Project O, Nordic Connect, and a number of New York–based bands. She has received rave reviews and has a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated for the second time for a Jazz Journalist Association Award and is seen yearly in the top five of the DownBeat Critics Poll in the Talent Deserving Wider Recognition category. Jensen was featured in Gil Evans's Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. The many musicians she has performed and or recorded with include Steve Wilson, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Jeff Hamilton, Geri Allen, Clark Terry, and Dr. Billy Taylor. She has also performed with the British soul star Corinne Bailey Rae and comedian/actor/singer Denis Leary with special guest Peter Frampton.
Jensen was on staff at the Port Townsend Centrum Jazz Workshop for five consecutive years and from 1990 until 1992 held the jazz trumpet chair at the Bruckner Conservatory of Music in Austria. Currently she is an artist-in-residence on the trumpet faculty at the University of Michigan.