Jen Hodge – bass
Jennifer Hodge is a versatile bass player based in Vancouver. Jen is one of the city’s most sought-after musicians, working as both a bandleader (Jen Hodge All Stars, Company B Jazz Band) and a sideman (Diane Lines’ JUMP!, Universal Gospel Choir, Blackstick, Brothers Arntzen). She has performed all over Canada and the USA, in France and the Caribbean, and appears on more than a dozen albums. She has directed and played with groups for CBC Radio and CTV productions, is a regular at major swing dance events all over the Pacific Northwest, and frequently does top-call corporate work as well.
Jen started playing bass at age 11 in her hometown of Courtenay, BC, at a time when she both discovered the music of The Beatles and had the opportunity to begin playing an instrument at school. She was soon playing with every ensemble that would let her join in – concert bands, jazz bands, choir accompaniment, pit orchestras for musical theatre productions and garage bands. She studied locally with Larry Ayre and Val Puljik.
Jen received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2007 from the Jazz Studies Program at Capilano University. While at Cap, she performed with the school’s top ensembles (“A” Band and NiteCap) and was awarded the first Linton Garner Memorial Jazz Award in 2005. In both 2008 and 2010, Jen was nominated for the Galaxie Rising Stars Award through the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival for her work with Four Eyes Trio / Quartet and the Jennifer Hodge Quartet. Both groups featured original modern jazz compositions and creative arrangements.
She helped form Company B Jazz Band in the summer of 2006. Jen acts as bandleader for Company B, contributes arrangements and transcriptions to the group’s repertoire. Company B has released 3 albums to date, and has performed all over BC, Washington, Oregon, and California, and was most recently featured in The Boswell Sisters Revue in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Fall of 2010 saw the formation of the Jen Hodge All Stars, a project dedicated to authentic performance of music written between 1900 and 1935. This act has become very popular in Vancouver, holding a regular Wednesday night gig at Guilt & Company in Gastown, performing at numerous events and festivals around BC, and releasing an album – “Guilty Pleasures” – in June 2014.
Jen is just as busy as a sideman as she is as a bandleader. She frequently appears and/or tours with The Brothers Arntzen, Blackstick, Diane Lines, Solomon Douglas, and the Universal Gospel Choir directed by Lonnie Delisle. In the past, she has worked with such diverse acts as Canadian icon Dal Richards, composer and bandleader Glenn Crytzer, country stars The Higgins, and legendary rock producer GGGarth Richardson.
Jen attended CYMC jazz camp in 2001 and both jazz and classical camps in 2002, studying bass with Jodi Proznick and David Brown, and was mentored by the entire faculty. Big Band leader Hugh Fraser gave her advice that has had a major influence upon her musical career. He told her to give it 110%, not to have something else to fall back on and this advice has served her well.