Jen Hinkle is a unique, bold, and versatile bass trombonist who is committed to blazing new paths in the ever-changing landscape that is professional musicianship.
As one of the most in-demand NYC freelancers, Jen can be seen playing with the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, the Dan Pugach Nonet, and the Mod Society cover band. She also regularly performs on demand in many Broadway shows in the theater district, including at Wicked, Aladdin, and Beautiful.
As the bass trombonist and Artistic Director of Calliope Brass Quintet, Jen is constantly trying to find creative new ways to bring the arts to the people. This goal is prominently on display with the group’s signature piece “What’s Your Story?”, which is an innovative new children’s program that blends professional puppetry, storytelling, and cutting-edge music into the standardized English Language Arts core curriculum.
Jen formerly held the position of bass trombonist with the Spokane Symphony. She left to pursue her dream of starting new and exciting projects of her own, but continues to perform classically and has played with many orchestras – including the Seattle Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the New Haven Symphony.
Jen lives in Manhattan where she enjoys painting, freelance modeling, and riding her horse, Sierra. She and her lead-trumpet-playing husband have two cats and are profoundly grateful for the incredible noise tolerance of their neighbors.