On Wednesday, March 28., Ingrid Jensen joined One More Once and the big band from JP Stevens HIgh School on the bandstand at Trumpets Jazz Club. Jensen showed great diversity playing a variety of tunes including Dave Gibble's "slo' funk" version of My Funny Valentine, Groove Merchant from the Thad Jones Library, Tom Harrell's Sail Away and Vernal Suite, a tune composed and arranged by Ingrid's sister, Christine.
A powerful opening set by JP Stevens HS, directed by Andrew DeNicola showed why JPS has such an amazing reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the high school music world.
As is tradition on these evenings, One More Once invited a student from the High School band up to perform with us. Varun Das proved why he was accepted as the drummer for the Grammy Band this past year! Playing with One More Once on Groove Merchant, Varun played masterfully including trading 4s with saxophonist Mark Friedman before a 2 chorus drum solo of his own. Das also played an arrangement entitled Portrait of Louis Armstrong, featuring Vinny Borselli, lead trumpet player for One More Once and elementary school music teacher in the Edison school district, which feeds JP Stevens HS.