Two Sisters In The Key of “J”

When we think of sisters of note, we think, fame. Venus and Serena Williams. These two African American sisters changed forever the way tennis is played today. They represent speed and power, and drive fear in women’s professional tennis; for if you beat one, two rounds later, you face the other.

Then there were those twins, Ann and Abby Landers,(Listed in the Jewish Encyclopedia) advice columnists, who got married in a double wedding, lived in the same town and wore matching outfits.

Last week I watched two,  who looked like my neighbors that I would meet in the neighborhood supermarket, who went into the key of “J” moving into attack mode, using brass instruments.

Left, INGRID JENSEN, (trumpet); Right, CHRISTINE JENSEN, (saxophone)

“Wo!” was my immediate reaction. They were playing trumpet, alto and soprano sax, and the music was “J”, jazz!!

The Ingrid Jensen Quintet, that includes her sister Christine on saxophones. Two white sisters, who love the first original American Music, created by descendants of slaves, JAZZ. Does she (A Canadian, who was teaching classical music at age 25 in Austria, see herself as a bridge between the two races? (See Video for answer).

KUSH ABADEY, the band’s drummer is from Cheverly Md. Only in his 20’s, his drumming pushed him on tour at age 16, and hit the platform of prestige, when in 2008, First Lady Michelle Obama, invited him to play at the White House. He joined company with stars likes of  Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter extraordinaire.

The Baltimore Jazz Society sponsors these concerts, with April 5th, 2019, planning to be one of their largest.