Born: July 19, 1959
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.
AwardsASCAP-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"
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, euroclubdejazz.com
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.
“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
“The Album SV1, one of the earlier ventures of the amazingly talented Chris Greco, is a gem and a collectors item.” Standards Vol.1- Max Babi, jazzreview.com
The experience of the CD is one of listening to ancient sounds of wordlesstruth. Pleiadian Call/Music for Trio- D. McClenaghan, allaboutjazz.com
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, allaboutjazz.com (featured article)
A remarkable collection of original compositions from Chris Greco. Pleiadian Call/Music for Trio-L. Prosser, jazzreview.com
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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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
Benedictine College/Music Department
1020 N. Second Street
Atchison, KS 66002
Office (913) 360-7599
Music theory, coordinator
Applied woodwinds studio
History of Jazz