“…an exhilarating jazz journey.”
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"Their music is cool and smoky, intimate and fiery, swinging and soulful."
Crossing Borders is an international jazz group co-led by the heralded Canadian jazz vocalist/pianist Jennifer Scott, and S.F. Bay Area saxophonist Kristen Strom who is well–known for her melodic, engaging style.
The band features guitarist Scott Sorkin (Count Basie Orchestra, Steve Turre & Michael Turre, Smith Dobson, Louie Bellson), bassist Rene Worst (Chet Baker, Joe Pass, Paul Horn, Freddie Hubbard), and drummer Jason Lewis (Boz Scaggs, Taylor Eigsti, Kurt Elling).
Crossing Borders features music from the heart, whether an artful reworking of a standard or a new take on a classic pop tune.
The band showcases the talents of two dynamic female performers in vocalist/pianist Jennifer Scott and saxophonist Kristen Strom. The combination of Jennifer's voice and Kristen's saxophone is exhilarating. Comprising the powerhouse rhythm section are Scott Sorkin (Kristen’s husband) on guitar, Rene Worst (Jennifer’s husband) on bass, and Jason Lewis on drums.
The fact that there are 2 married couples in the band, musicians who have played together for years and who also share an emotional connection, really comes across in performance.
Crossing Borders features 2 Canadians from Vancouver, BC., and 3 Americans from the San Francisco Bay Area, so they literally "cross borders" regularly; but their name also captures their approach to music – the material ranges from Brazilian tunes to pop, jazz and original music.
After playing together in Ed Johnson's Novo Tempo for 5 years, and collaborating on each other’s CDs, they found that they were of like minds musically, and so decided to record a project together in 2007.
Audiences respond to the special combination of Jennifer's voice and Kristen's horn, the superb musicianship and interaction with the rhythm section, and the musical connection throughout the band. That's been the case wherever they go, and 2008 was just the beginning.