Chris Greco

Primary Instrument: Reeds

Born: July 19, 1959    

Chris Greco

Saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist Chris Greco free lanced, recorded, explored small, medium, and large group formats and was a significant contributor to the jazz culture of Los Angeles during the 1980's and the 1990's. His Los Angeles jazz projects can be found on the gwsfourwinds records label.

Greco is a composer, performer, woodwinds player shaped by the influences of American jazz music, folk, rock, non-western and the western/European music traditions. He holds degrees in performance (D.M.A., UCLA) and composition (M.A.), and has explored and performed in experimental groups, and multiple jazz idioms regionally and abroad.
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ASCAP-Plus Awards 2002-2013
International Song Contest 2013 Semi-Finalist - "Oliver"
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Finalist 2013 - "Oliver"
International Song Contest 2012 Semi-Finalist - "Messages"
Winner "Best Jazz" - Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2012 - "Maia"
International Song Contest 2011 Semi-Finalist - "The Open Door"
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Finalist 2011 - "Merope"
Julius Hemphill Composition Award 2001 Finalist - "The Flight Of A Bird Leaves No Trace"
“Standards, Vol. 1, y'all, is the sort of crazy, too hip, freaky, whoa-listen-to- THAT, jazz-plus material that got me so hip to Dave Liebman, Paul Motian, and other world class hipsters back when I was discovering not only ECM but also Brubeck, Miles, Weather Report, and all the rest of the cats who still have my brain jangled....Greco interprets classic jazz numbers in a way that makes you think he wrote 'em, and he grabs straight-ahead by the throat, jumps on its back and makes it dance, which is EXACTLY what ears like mine are forever athirst for.” FAME Review, Mark S. Tucker, 8/15/2014.

“The Album Standards, Vol. 1, one of the earlier ventures of the amazingly talented Chris Greco, is a gem and a collectors item!” Standards Vol.1- Max Babi,

“Chris Greco, a modernist fashioned from Rollins/Shorter/Lovano with splashes of Trane and even the great Roland Kirk (especially on flute) embroidered around the edges, is a seasoned performer on every instrument.” Standards Vol.1- J. Bowers, Cadence Magazine

“Greco is certainly a virtuoso that is not afraid to occasionally break the mold and he shows that his skills and interests make him perfectly suited for stretching the jazz fabric in all the right places. The group stays within the mainstream language enough for even the hardest boppers to follow, all the while mixing things up with modern rhythms and harmonic and melodic colors. The result is an album that blazes its own unique path, while still acknowledging the past and spotlighting music for a new generation.” Trane Of Thought - H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes 9/21/13

“Greco is a multitalented performer and composer and all around musician. For this recording he has gathered a quartet and the sound that results is nearly unclassifiable - modern jazz...and then some. All of Greco's compositions have a singular ring to them - the music is inventive, always changing like looking into a kaleidoscope, and the result is a full album of terrifically original works. Star Quality! 5 of 5 Stars.” Trane Of Thought - G. Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer Amazon 3/21/13.

“Trane of Thought is highly original and thought-provoking; Greco switches between the various woodwind instruments with consummate ease and delivers nothing short of impeccable performances on each.” Trane of Thought - W. Gillespie,

“A wealth of compelling jazz sounds from the luxuriant to the exhilarating.” Trane of Thought - Zan Stewart, LA Times

“This newly conceived music with strong traditional roots is highly recommended.” Trane of Thought - D. Ansell, Jazz Journal International, U.K.

“The experience of the CD is one of listening to ancient sounds of wordlesstruth.” Pleiadian Call/Music for Trio- D. McClenaghan,

“Greco plays with amazing fluidity and elan, several instruments, and in his compositions he has the superb ability to paint soundscapes.” Pleiadian Call/Music for Trio- Max Babi, (featured article)

“A remarkable collection of original compositions from Chris Greco.” Pleiadian Call/Music for Trio-L. Prosser,

“Everything is perfect here. What I enjoyed the most about this brilliant CD is the perfect balance of rules, the many and carefully written passages, and the sheer improvisation.” Pleiadian Call/Music for Trio- Domi Truffandier, Paris, France

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Atchison, KS

D.M.A., Performance (UCLA)
M.A., Composition (California State University, Los Angeles)
B.A., Music (California State University, Los Angeles)

Dr. Christopher J. Greco
Associate Professor
Benedictine College/Music Department
1020 N. Second Street
Atchison, KS 66002
Office (913) 360-7599

Music theory, coordinator
Applied woodwinds studio
Chamber music
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