Born: July 19, 1959 Primary Instrument: Reeds
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 his independent label gwsfourwinds records.
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.
Awards: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"
ASCAP-Plus Awards 2002-2013
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 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- Lee 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
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- Derek 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.” Well You Needn’t/Standards Vol.1- J. Bowers, Cadence Magazine
“The Album WYNSV1, one of the earlier ventures of the amazingly talented Chris Greco, is a gem and a collectors item.” Well You Needn’t/Standards Vol.1- Max Babi, jazzreview.com
Pleiadian Call/Music for Trio
Well You Needn't/Standards Vol.1
Trane of Thought
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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
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