Jen Hodge All Stars
Busy Vancouver-based bass player, bandleader, vocalist, composer, and arranger Jen Hodge is a versatile musician who can be found playing with a wide variety of artists all over the world. When Jen is leading the band, she likes it hot – hard swinging grooves, boisterous New Orleans style horns, cheeky lyrics, intriguing arrangements, plenty of spontaneous fun, and an evident, infectious love for making music. Jen’s particular expertise in the arena of traditional jazz and swing music has taken her to stages all over Canada, the USA, China, Spain, France, the UK, and the Caribbean. On home turf, Jen can be found leading a band on Wednesday nights at Guilt & Co, a bar in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district and a major hub for the city’s creative musical minds, where she has held a regular Wednesday night gig since January 2011. Jen released her latest album, All’s Fair in Love and Jazz, in February 2018; it is currently in the top 30 North American College & Community Radio jazz charts, and at the time of writing this ranks as the highest charting self-released title on the list.
“Hot lyricism with beautiful melodic statements and just the right blend of rocking collective improvisation.”
– Michael Steinman, JAZZ LIVES, New York, NY
“One of Canada’s greatest natural resources.”
– Casey MacGill, swing legend, Seattle, WA
“The thoroughly modern bassist brings new life to traditional jazz with her spirited performances and clear love of the music.”
– Margaret Gallagher, CBC Radio, Vancouver, BC