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Bill Anschell/Brent Jensen Duo

Bill Anschell/Brent Jensen Duo

"The jazz duet is alive and well with Anschell and Jensen. This is a most pleasant example of the power of jazz when played in close places." --C. Michael Bailey, allaboutjazz.com

"This is the jazz version of two people sharing a tightrope -- beautifully in sync." --Ken Frankling, Jazz Notes

The Bill Anschell/Brent Jensen duo is now touring in support of their critically acclaimed CD, "We Couldn't Agree More." Both are experienced touring artists and educators, and they are happy to augment their concerts with clinics and masterclasses to share their unique perspectives on duo performance with students and interested audience members.

Pianist Bill Anschell has performed in premiere jazz festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and abroad, including five South American tours leading his own trio and six European tours as pianist/musical director for vocalist Nnenna Freelon. Anschell's composing and piano work are prominently featured on Freelon's 1996 Grammy-nominated recording "Shaking Free," and his own CDs have all enjoyed critical acclaim and extensive stays on the national jazz radio charts. Anschell, a Seattle native, returned to the Emerald City in 2002 after a long residency in Atlanta, Georgia. He received a Golden Ear Award as the "Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2005, and his trio was named "Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year" in 2006.

Saxophonist Brent Jensen studied with Lee Konitz in New York City in 1986-87 on a grant awarded to him by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He was a winner of the "Woodwinds on Fire" international talent search conducted by "Jazziz" magazine in 1996. Jensen's debut release on Origin records, "The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond" was featured on JazzWeek's Top 100 and NPR's JazzWorks' Top 25 lists in 2002. His recording, "One More Mile" (also on Origin) features Bill Anschell on piano and was named one of the "Top 50 Jazz CDs of 2007" by the "Village Voice." Jensen is an Assistant Professor of Music at the College of Southern Idaho.

Listen to sample tracks from "We Couldn't Agree More."

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