Hilliard Greene

Born: February 26, 1958    Primary Instrument: Bass

Hilliard Greene

Hilliard Greene has been studying music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally over twenty. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, Tango as well as the music of other continents and US regions. Currently he is concentrating on solo performance.

Greene studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Northern Iowa. He has been teaching private students and classes for over 25 years. He is currently a full- time faculty member at the Bass Collective in New York City. He continues to teach privately in doing workshops and master classes in upright and electric bass for both children and adults....
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Outstanding Alumni @ University of Northern Iowa High School
“…Greene can keep the listener interested ��” very interested ��” for upwards of an hour, all by himself. His new album, “Alone,” is a riveting hour plus of material, mostly originals, that stand up well as melodic compositions played with passionate dedication. There is a wide range of styles and forms, and there is no risk of boredom among the eight tunes.” -Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

“Besides the exciting moving music, there is the amazement of the man’s technique. He is a real virtuoso. Hearing this album, we can all say we could just never have imagined the bass as a solo instrument that is wholly absorbing...” - James Forte, Wildflower Publishers

“For many decades the bass has ceased to be looked at as an accompaniment instrument entirely. At the same time, very few musicians dare to release solo bass recordings. Bassists like Dave Holland, Eberhard Weber, Barre Phillips and Miroslav Vitous have done that very successfully. Among those, we can add the name Hill Greene with his solo bass recording entitled “Alone”. … Even though the unique virtuosity of Hill Greene can capture the mind of the listener, what really sets him apart is his musicality, passion, and dedication to the art.” - Vangelis Aragiannis, Ipirotikos Agon ��” Athens, Greece

“Hill Greene created a resonating musicality, with full focus and emotional pathos... “The audience was still and enraptured, as Hill Greene is a musician to watch, as well as one to listen to.”… Hill Greene has a bright future as Solo Bassist, Composer, Accompanist, and Music Director.” — Roberta Zlokower,

translation by Fernando Hernandez-Moros

Greene, a bass concert player. Very good (4 stars)

Hilliard Greene is an expressive double-bass player with a solid technique…Greene made of his show at Notorious a concert of refreshing features, with fiery solos developed in an explosive way at times, … His double-bass has the sonority like a guitar and continuity in his lines that seem to be pianistically inspired…A Strong presence… … His language has in a way, a classical vocabulary that is at the same time deeply tied to the blues. There is in his music a strong conscience of the black tradition… Cesar Pardines - La Nacion; Buenos Aries, Argentina

“...Hilliard Greene...can sound like a flamenco guitar one moment and a wailing horn the next” -Misha Berson, Seattle Times

…found a copy of your solo CD. I've been listening to it a great deal. It's exceptional, easily one of the best crafted solo bass CDs I've heard. Lou Kannenstine ��” Boxholder Records

“...(Greene’s) work on the upright bass was diverse and committed. On the funk grooves, generally associated with the electric bass guitar, he was convincingly adept, wielding the larger instrument with ease. His solos, whether arco or pizzicato, used the full potential of the instrument, including choral effects and contrivances.” -Richard Mayer, Green Mountain Jazz Messenger

“Intense. Powerful. Versatile. Not for the faint-hearted. ...Hill Greene showed us how it’s done” -Bass World, Journal for the International Society of Bassists

“With a technical mastery of his instrument that is nothing short of astonishing he churned through a varied and creative set full of fire, brilliance and subtlety that above all never stopped swinging. -Bobby Shropshire, Beach Nights Entertainment Magazine ��” Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

• ON THE ROAD on Wildflower Publishers LATEST RECORDING WITH THE JAZZ EXPRESSIONS • SOLO BASS CD on Soul Search Music entitled ALONE • Class Act - live at Steinway Hall with Lenore Raphael • Getting Sentimental – Tori Gee & The Jazz Expressions • A Book Of Five Rings – John Esposito • Earthship – Sangeeta Michael Berardi • Forgiveness – Charles Gayle Trio • News From the Mystic Auricle - Steve Swell Presents: RIVERS OF SOUND ENSEMBLE • The Akhenaten Suite, Live at the 12th Vision Festival with Roy Campbell Jr. • 3:30 – Ale Demogli, Hill Greene, Oscar Giunta • MUHHEANKUNTUK – Sonic Openings Under Pressure • Live in Lithuania - Petras Vysniauskas • Spiritual Power - Matt Lavelle Trio • Consider the Lilies – Charles Gayle Trio • Carnival Skin - Nemu Records • Take A Step Back – Rick Warren • Sanctuary Bobby Few & Avram Fefer Quartet • This is It – Live at Zebulon Vol. 1 Charles Gayle Trio • Beautiful Friendship, Lenora Raphael and Rudy Lawless • Exuberance - live from the 2003 Vision Festival • Desert Song on CIMP w/Steve Swell Gebhard Ulman and Barry Altschul • Love Is, with Jacqueline Hopkins; featured on one track • There's A Reason, with Jennifer Berdetta; featured on one track • Global Mantras, with Pheeroan akLaff and Oliver Lake • Music Of James Forte, with Electric Symphony • Hipgnosis, with Jack Walrath & The Masters Of Suspense • Invasion Of The Booty Shakers, with Jack Walrath & The Masters Of Suspense • Swing Bean, with Larry Browne • Sanctuary, with Dave Douglas • Red Sprites and Blue Jets, with Marc Edwards • Time and Space, Volume I, with Marc Edwards • Repent, with Charles Gayle Quartet • Live at Disobey, with Charles Gayle Trio • Leroy Jenkins Live, with Leroy Jenkins • Sweet Dreams, with Pucci Amanda Jhones, featuring Kenny Barron • Wild as the Wind, with Pucci Amanda Jhones, on Cadence Records • Each Time, with Adele Zane, features Frank Ponzio on piano • Andrea Wolper, with Andrea Wolper, Cadence Records • Dream Catcher, with Kevin Norton, Roy Campbell Jr., • Exuberance, with Louie Belogenis, Roy Campbell Jr., Michael Wimberly • Rapt Circle, with Patrick Brennan and Sonic Openings Under Pressure • The Drum Is Honor Enough, with Patrick Brennan and Sonic Openings Under Pressure • RECORDINGS WITH JIMMY SCOTT • Doesn't Love Mean More?, with Jimmy Scott and The Jazz Expressions • Heaven, with Jimmy Scott • Holding Back The Years, with Jimmy Scott and The Jazz Expressions • Mood Indigo, with Jimmy Scott • Live In Japan, with Jimmy Scott and The Jazz Expressions • Unchained Melody, with Jimmy Scott and The Jazz Expressions • A Rage In Harlem with Jimmy Scott and The Expressions • RECORDINGS WITH THE JAZZ EXPRESSIONS • Self titled The Jazz Expressions, Bluejay Records • Yoyogi, Bluejay Records • On The Road, Wildflower Publications • The Best Thing In Life, with Connie Speed produced by Jimmy Scott • It Was Only a Dream, with Arthur Leeks produced by Jimmy Scott

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Teaching Experience/Private Lessons, Classes, and Workshops Faculty Member - Bass Collective, New York City: 1997 - present Rutgers Univ., Newark NJ: 1995 EMU Music School; La Plata, Argentina – annual guest professor Private Teacher - Boston; New York City; Cedar Falls, IA; Clifton, Nutly, & Irvington, NJ; La Plata & Buenos Aires, Argentina Lecturer and Master Class - Univ. of Northern Iowa, Univ. of Texas Austin, Bass Collective - NYC; Canopus Drum Shop - Tokyo, Japan Public School and University - Bucharest and Timisoara, Romania EMU Music School; La Plata, Argentina Formal Education University of Northern Iowa 1976 - 1979 Berklee College of Music 1979 - 1980 private lessons composition with James Forte 1982 -1986 private bass teachers Pablo Aslan, Clay Bergen ,Whit Browne, Steve Citta, John Clayton, Jr., Jay Elfenbein, Diana Gannet, Sam Gill, Eldon Obrect, Robert Olson, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Rufus Reid, Ron Rohovit, Ken Slavett, Candice Weibner, James Welch, Miroslav Vitous

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