Primary Instrument: Piano
Tim Green took his first formal piano lessons at the age of 19 while attending Eastern Illinois University (from where he graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy). Within a few years, he began performing in jazz groups around Central Illinois, while living in Champaign. During that time, he met and performed with a variety of touring jazz artists who encouraged him to move to Chicago and explore all it has to offer.
In 2000, he did move to Chicago, a city whose cultural depth enables one to be surrounded by many of the world's best living jazz artists and have countless opportunities to learn and grow from them.
Within a few months of moving to the Windy City, Tim received a call from tenor saxophone legend Von Freeman to play in Von's quartet.
Tim has worked as a sideman in many notable groups in and around Chicago. In addition to the Von Freeman Quartet, he has performed with the Marlene Rosenberg Trio, Jim Cox Trio, Green Mill Quartet, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Don Stiernberg Quartet, and several others.
He has a growing reputation as a solid, tasteful accompanist and soloist with an ever- expanding repertoire of jazz. He is highly regarded by singers, who appreciate his listening and sensitivity at the piano.
He has performed across America, including New York, Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Anchorage, Alaska. He has been onstage alongside several artists of international acclaim. Among them are Cecil Bridgewater, Ira Sullivan, Von Freeman, Winard Harper, Mike Lee, Jeff Newell, Ed Petersen, Bill Pierce, Marlene Rosenberg and Don Stiernberg.
Though known mostly as a jazz pianist, Tim has played at Viva Chicago with both Latin Jazz and Salsa bands, and has recorded across genres which include modern pop and Latin as well as Jazz.
AS A RECORDING ARTIST
His critically acclaimed 2003 debut CD, Catching Yourself Gracefully (OA2 22002), reached #32 nationally (Jazz Week, March 7, 2003), and was recognized as one of the Top 20 CDs of 2003 by WBEZ-Chicago.
Catching Yourself Gracefully features five original compositions by Tim, as well as several standards. Also featured on the CD is one of Chicago's leading combinations, Jim Cox (bass) and Phil Gratteau (drums). The two have been performing together for more than 30 years and have backed such names as Marian McPartland, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Roberts and countless others.
Jeannie's Song, the followup to his successful debut, features Tim on piano, Brian Wilkie on guitar, Jim Cox on bass and Phil Gratteau on drums.
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DISCOGRAPHY AS A LEADER
Jeannie's Song (OA2 22015) Catching Yourself Gracefully (OA2 22002)