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“Without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years.” -- Tony Hall, Jazzwise Magazine (UK)
A native of Hartford, CT, saxophonist, composer, and educator, Jimmy Greene has emerged as an enduring presence in the jazz world. He has nine solo recordings to his credit and many as a sideman. He has won numerous awards for composition and performance and is a teacher of great renown. DownBeat’s Critics Poll named him a “Rising Star.”
The Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs worldwide. Jimmy appears on over 70 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., Avishai Cohen, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, Steve Turre, the New Jazz Composers Octet and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, among many others. As a member of Harrell's quintet, Greene was featured on CBS's news magazine, 60 Minutes. As a member of Harry Connick Jr.'s Big Band, he is a featured soloist on two DVD releases, Harry for the Holidays, and Only You, and NBC He was holiday special and the Today Show.
As a composer, he was awarded the 2005 ASCAP / IAJE Commission in honor of Ornette Coleman. The piece, Anthem of Hope, was premiered in 2006 at the IAJE in New York. In addition, Jimmy has received many awards and fellowships from his home state of CT, among them the Governor's Arts Award, an Artist Fellowship, and the City of Hartford's Innovator Award in Music. He was also a Chamber Music America's New Works Grant recipient.
Greene is Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. Previously, he taught at the University of Manitoba, Purchase College, Hartt School, and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. He has given clinics and master classes throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Israel and Russia. Two of his former students have been semi-finalists in the Thelonious Monk Competition and 18 student musicians and small ensembles under Greene's direction have won DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards.
Jimmy, himself, was First Runner-Up in the 1996 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in Jazz Studies from the Hartt School and earned an M.Mus in Music Education from Boston University. He is a doctoral candidate at Manhattan School of Music. His mentors include Jackie McLean, Jim McNeely, Justin DiCioccio, David Liebman, Dave Santoro, Kris Jensen, Steve Davis, Ken Radnofsky and Janet Arms.
Jimmy Greene is a clinician for Borgani Saxophones and Vandoren Mouthpieces, Reeds and Ligatures and uses their products exclusively. He serves as a Visiting Artist at Litchfield Jazz Camp. This is his second appearance as a leader at Litchfield Jazz Festival. He appears today with Renee Rosnes on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.
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