BIOGRAPHY & PRESS
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“Finesse. Touch. Sensitivity. It’s reassuring to know that young talent like Jen has accepted and is carrying the torch forward in the solid traditions of jazz music; America’s only true original art form. Jen will be making her presence known.” 

- Bob Dauber, Producer/On-Air Host JAZZ LIVES!, WRLR- 98.3 FM
    
"Every once in a while, an artist of whom I previously was unaware pleasantly surprises me.  Jen has a very impressive sound and technique on the trumpet, which immediately grabbed my attention. She is also a very capable and talented composer, as the music on this CD is written exclusively by her (something that I always eagerly look for!). Looking forward to exposing our listeners to her music – and to her next release!"

- Dr. Brad Stone, Producer, Programmer/Host, “The Creative Source” SoulandJazz.com
    
 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​   "A trumpet slinging gal with a lot of academe on her vitae shows it doesn’t stop her from knowing how to hoist and swing going so far as to write familiar sounding daddio jazz with real authenticity that hooks you right away. Positioning herself to be one of the tent poles of Indianapolis/Indiana jazz, Siukola gives us the bounce for the ounce that we so dearly keep seeking out.  Killer stuff throughout."

- Chris Spector, Midwest Records   
"Trumpeter Jen Siukola’s new release Lighthouse Reverie is one of the best new recordings of 2017, and features the excellent supportive quartet of saxophonist Rod Dixon, pianist Steve Allee, bassist Nick Tucker, and drummer Kenny Phelps.  Vocalist Julie Houston appears in the melancholy tune “I Kissed You Goodbye”.  All seven tracks are original compositions by Jen Siukola, and are a perfect fit in our straight-ahead jazz programming at WHFC and Pure Jazz Radio." 

- David May, Host, Desert Island Jazz WHFC 91.1 FM    
"In listening to Jen Siukola's new c.d. "Lighthouse Reverie," where each piece was written and arranged by her, I seriously believe had "trumpet jen" been around and writing during "song book" times she would have been high on the list of the likes of van hausen, porter, and monk.... she has a writing "reach" that spans blues to bebop and connects with the popular music of our day hip hop....and I don't believe van hausen, porter, or monk could blow the trumpet, and wow, Jen surely can do that. In putting together this fine first recording, fronting her own great group, Jen found some of the days fine jazz  musical talents to help with the process."

- Jim Compton-Schmidt, KFCF 88.1 FM
    

     Since completing her doctorate in trumpet performance/music theory and composition, Jen has been actively performing, teaching, and writing. Her debut album “Lighthouse Reverie,” which featured all original compositions, was released in June of 2017. It reached #2 on the Roots Music Jazz Chart, #70 on the Jazz Week Chart, and has received excellent reviews.

     Jen has extensive experience as a freelance and studio musician in Indianapolis and the surrounding area, and performed for three years as a trumpet player on cruise ships. A few performance highlights include playing with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Sean Imboden Large Ensemble, the Four Tops, The Platters, Charo, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

     As an educator, Jen keeps busy teaching jazz trumpet at Butler University, jazz history at the University of Indianapolis, and trumpet lessons at Noblesville High School and in her home studio. She is a regular ensemble director for the Butler Youth Jazz Program, and has been on the jazz faculty for the Music for All Summer Camp since 2012. Jen has adjudicated for several jazz festivals, including the Purdue Jazz Festival, the Dimensions in Jazz Festival, the Barry Ashton Jazz Festival, the Pendleton Heights HS Jazz Festival, and the 22nd Annual Carl Nicholas Invitational Jazz Festival. Jen also serves on the board for the Indiana Jazz Educators Association, and assists in organizing the annual All-State jazz ensembles.
    
   
    
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