An Exclusive Interview with Jeff Jensen
An Exclusive Interview with Jeff Jensen by Richard Lhommedieu on Mixcloud
Growing up listening to 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Rock –N-Roll, the Blues was always just a step away. So when Jeff started playing guitar at age 11 the significance of blues was overwhelming. Flirting with different styles of music like Rock and Roll, Funk, Punk Rock and Jazz through high school, Jeff landed his first blues gigs at age 19 as a guitarist. Soon after he was hired to front a southern California blues band that gigged a few times a month from San Diego to Ventura.
In 2003 Jeff Jensen and Chris Sabie founded the Santa Clarita Blues Society. Jeff and Chris traveled to Memphis for the 2004 IBC. Jeff came home from that a member of the Blues Foundation and fully charged and inspired to form his own band.
May 2004 the Jeff Jensen Band was born. From 2005-2009 the band performed 200+ shows per year. During this time the Jeff Jensen Band was in the 2005, 2006, and 2007 IBC’s, regularly performed west coast blues festivals and opened for BB King at part of his 80th Birthday tour.
In 2007 the band’s debut album “Self-Titled” (Swingsuit Records) was released. “Self-Titled” received great reviews form several respected Blues publications. ”Self-Titled is a tour-de-force debut release by a band that breathes new life into the blues scene. The themes may be tried and true, but they are delivered with a fresh dose of enthusiasm form one tight band.” – Dave Ruthenberg (Living Blues, 2007) Album also hit The Living Blues Charts and the Roots Music Charts that year.
2008 Jeff was asked to produce longtime friend and musical associate John Parker’s album. This was very challenging and emotional because by this time John was quickly losing his 5 year battle with cancer. The album was completed just weeks before John passed. It was released a few months later and contains some inspirational blues songs about his battle that serve to this day as anthems for several America Cancer Society events around the country.
2009 Jeff Jensen Band released their second album “I’m Coming Home”. This album was a big production featuring the very tight “Pandas Horns” and lots of special guests. It hit the Roots Music Charts in 2009 as well. And is still played on hundreds of blues formatted radio stations.
After moving to Memphis in 2011, Jeff spent 2 years as Harmonica Sensation Brandon Santini’s guitar player and Musical Director. Jeff performed over 450 shows with Santini. They also recorded three albums together including a “Live at Sirius/XM Studios” (2012) session that has not yet been released, “This Time Another Year” (produced by Jensen and Santini) which received two Blues Music Award Nominations and Jensen’s critically acclaimed “Road Worn and Ragged”
Jeff is now touring Europe, Canada and the U.S. as Jeff Jensen Band and promoting his 2015 release “Morose Elephant”. You can hear Jeff Jensen on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and 250+ other radio stations around the United States as well as stations in Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden, Italy, England, Canada, Australia, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium and more.