Born: August 28, 1973 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Saxophonist and composer Chris Greene was born in Evanston, IL. He began playing saxophone at 10, and he eventually spent his formative years in the award-winning Evanston High School Wind and Jazz Ensembles. Around this same time, he began to play professionally with many local pop/rock and jazz bands. Greene eventually went to Bloomington, IN to attend the prestigious Indiana University Jazz Studies program and studied with renowned professor and cellist David Baker. He quickly made his mark within the ranks of the music departments; he rapidly developed his individual style and became lead alto saxophone in the IU concert and lab jazz bands.
Greene left the Indiana college town in 1994 and returned to Chicago. He immersed himself in the regional music scene and has since collaborated with some of the nation’s most creative and versatile musicians. In the Chicago area alone, Greene can be seen with many different groups - in many different genres. He also leads his own critically-acclaimed group, the Chris Greene Quartet. He has also performed or recorded with the following artists: Common, The Temptations, Sheena Easton, Steve Cole, Michael Manson, Andrew Bird, The J. Davis Trio, Typhanie Monique, Zach Brock, Chris Rob, Vic Lavender, Jesse De La Pena, Liquid Soul and The Mighty Blue Kings. Chris Greene has perfomed at the following venues: The House of Blues, Park West, Chicago Metro, Double Door, Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Pops for Champagne, Andy's, Baker's Keyboard Lounge, RIBCO, Elbo Room, Ravinia Pavillion...
“…dynamo…threads each tune with high-octane uplift.” --JazzTimes
“Greene has some set of chops…Keep an eye on this kid…” --Marc Myers, Jazzwax.com
“[Greene] brings to the table new interpretations with a wholesome willingness to explore and redefine the past.” --Chris K., Gods of Music
“…amazing young talent…Chris Greene has sold me on his ability and his drive to be one of the best of all time. Hell, you can hear him learning with each note.” --Chris Gaige, Gods of Music.
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