Jennifer Hodge Jennifer Hodge is a versatile bass player based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Jen is one of the city’s most sought-after musicians, working as both a bandleader (Jen Hodge All Stars, Company B Jazz Band, etc) and a sideman (Diane Lines’ JUMP!, Universal Gospel Choir, Bria Skonberg, etc). Comfortable – and typically excited! – in a huge variety of musical settings, Jen has performed all over Canada, the USA, France, Spain, China, and in 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. First and foremost, Jen has a profound love for making music with other people and for performing, which is evident to everyone who hears her play.
Jen got her start 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 picked bass because it was the most “rock & roll” instrument that was offered through her school’s concert band program. She soon was playing with every ensemble that would let her join in – concert bands, jazz bands, choir accompaniment, pit orchestras for musical theatre productions, garage bands, you name it! This versatility and genuine love and desire for making music is still very much a Jen Hodge hallmark.
Upon graduating high school in 2002, Jen relocated to Vancouver to attend the Jazz Studies Program at Capilano University. While at Cap, she performed with the school’s top ensembles (“A” Band and NiteCap), received several bursaries, and was awarded the first Linton Garner Memorial Jazz Award in 2005. Jen received her Bachelor of Music degree from this program in 2007, having studied with Jodi Proznick, André Lachance, Laurence Mollerup, Darren Radtke, and Patricia Hutter.
Along with several friends from music school, 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, and adores working in this fun, unique, collaborative project. 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, a concert featuring similar groups from around the world which was live streamed over the internet and covered by The Wall Street Journal.
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.
The Fall of 2010 saw the formation of the Jen Hodge All Stars (originally Jen Hodge’s Birthday All Stars – the group was formed for a performance on her birthday), Jen’s project dedicated to authentic performance of music written between 1900 and 1935. This act has become a very popular one in Vancouver, holding a regular Wednesday night gig at Guilt & Company in Gastown since January 2011, performing at numerous events and festivals around BC, and releasing an album – “Guilty Pleasures” – in June 2014 which has received positive reviews and airplay all over the world.
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.