Jimmy Greene

“ . . .without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years.” - Tony Hall, Jazzwise Magazine (UK)

“[Greene] is good for a couple of body chills every time you see him. He’s got a big barrelhouse sound, and a way of negotiating changes that make academic moves seem natural.” Jim Macnie, Village Voice (New York)

A native of Hartford, CT, saxophonist, composer, and educator Jimmy Greene has emerged as a positive young presence in the jazz world. Prior to his 2009 appointment to the Faculty of Music, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Purchase College (State University of New York), as Lecturer at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School (University of Hartford), and as an Instructor at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.

Education Graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Hartt School in 1997. 

Studied with: • Jackie McLean • Dave Santoro • Kris Jensen • Steve Davis • Ken Radnofsky • Dave Liebman

Performance Highlights The Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs worldwide, including thlive at smallse Village Vanguard (New York), Le Club (Moscow), Casa del Jazz (Rome), Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel), and Amazonas Jazz Festival (Brazil).

In addition to his recordings and appearances as a leader, Jimmy appears on over 60 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Harry Connick, Jr., Freddie Hubbard, Avishai Cohen, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, Steve Turre, the New Jazz Composers Octet, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

As a member of Tom Harrell’s quintet, Greene was featured on CBS’s benchmark news magazine, 60 Minutes. He was also featured as a soloist on Harry Connick Jr.’s 2003 holiday special aired on NBC, NBC’s Today Show, and BBC’s Parkinson Show.

Awards and Recognition 2009: Individual Artist Grant, Greater Hartford Arts Council

2005: As a composer, awarded the prestigious ASCAP / IAJE Commission in honour of Ornette Coleman. The commissioned piece, “Anthem of Hope”, was premiered by Jimmy’s quartet at the 2006 International Association for Jazz Education Conference in New York.

2005: Artist Fellowship in Music Composition by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism

2004: Winner of Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation grant for jazz composition

1999: Named one of the “25 Young Rising Stars in Jazz” by DownBeat Magazine

1996: First Runner-Up in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition

Two of Jimmy’s former students have been named semi-finalists in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, and 18 student musicians and small ensembles under Greene’s direction have won DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards.greene

Ongoing Research & Creative Activity Jimmy has given clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Israel, and Russia.

The Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs worldwide, including the Village Vanguard (New York), Le Club (Moscow), Casa del Jazz (Rome), Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel), and Amazonas Jazz Festival (Brazil).

Jimmy Greene is a clinician for Borgani Saxophones, Saxscape Mouthpieces, and Roberto’s Winds Reeds and Ligatures.
In the Faculty

Instructor and Director of the Jazz Lab Band, U of M Summer Jazz Camp, Bridge Program

Regular performer at the Wednesday Night Hang

Member: Scholarships and Awards Committee

Teaches jazz saxophone, arranging, composition, and performance skills

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Jimmy was with our faculty from 2009 - 2012.

Jimmy Greene

Personal websites: JimmyGreene.com

myspace.com/jimmygreenequartet

Listen to the Artist:

jimmygreene.com/listen.html

On iTunes

Discography:

Solo recordings:

  • Mission Statement (RazDaz/Sunnyside)
  • The Overcomers Suite (NuJazz)
  • Gifts and Givers (Criss Cross)
  • True Life Stories (Criss Cross)
  • Forever (Criss Cross)
  • Brand New World (RCA Victor)
  • Introducing Jimmy Greene (Criss Cross)

Over 30 of Greene’s original compositions and arrangements have been recorded on the RCA Victor, Criss Cross, NuJazz and RazDaz/Sunnyside labels. In addition, Greene’s performance of his composition “Mr. McLean” was aired throughout the US and Canada on ABC-TV during a NASCAR pre-race broadcast in September 2007.

In addition to his recordings and appearances as a leader, Greene appears on over 60 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Harry Connick, Jr., Freddie Hubbard, Avishai Cohen, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, Steve Turre, the New Jazz Composers Octet, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

As a member of Harrell’s quintet, Greene was featured on CBS’s benchmark news magazine, 60 Minutes. As a member of Harry Connick Jr.’s Big Band, Greene is a featured soloist on 2 DVD releases, “Harry for the Holidays,” and “Only You.” He was also featured as a soloist on Connick’s 2003 holiday special aired on NBC, NBC’s Today Show, and BBC’s Parkinson Show.

In the News:

Trio Bembe: Discover Jimmy Greene

Winnipeg Jazz Festival 2011

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