COASTE - Summer 2018

Southwest Florida International Blues Challenge in August, and a return engagement to this year’s Sanibel Blues and Jazz Festival. Guitar at the age of two. Drums at the age of four. Accomplished at piano. A voice among the top 100 in Florida for his age. Hundreds of songs mastered by watching videos or attending hundreds of concerts with his parents — without even one parent who plays a lick of music. The word prodigy certainly comes to mind, but Gina Jensen would prefer you didn’t. “I want to ensure that he’s educated along with musically trained, but he has to do what he loves,” she says. “There are a lot of complications that can arise in life, and I want him to have a good head on his shoulders.” True to form, Johnny Jensen takes a more mature perspective and agrees with his mom — to a degree. “If it’s not music, I want to be a litigator,” he says. “But I bond with guitar and drums. { }

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