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Jimmy Greene

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Jimmy Greene

Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Jimmy Greene has emerged as a positive young presence in the creative music world. His solo recordings, True Life Stories (Criss Cross), Forever (Criss Cross), Brand New World (RCA Victor) and Introducing Jimmy Greene (Criss Cross) have been met with much critical acclaim. In fact, Tony Hall of Jazzwise Magazine calls Greene “...without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years.”

Greene was born in Hartford, CT on February 24, 1975. From a young age, he exhibited a God-given affinity for music. Greene's parents started him on alto saxophone at age six, and encouraged him to practice. As a high school student, Greene was selected to perform in several Regional, All-Connecticut, and All-New England jazz ensembles and symphonic bands. Greene's music teacher at Bloomfield High School arranged for him to meet and play for Jackie McLean at the famed altoist's community arts school, The Artists'Collective. Of his eager student, McLean commented, “From the beginning, I could tell that he was going to be an exceptional student. He already had a very mature sound and a very mature concept.” McLean's teaching over the subsequent years gave the young musician a firm foundation in improvisation, a profound viewpoint of the jazz tradition, as well as the inspiration to seek his own musical identity....
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”[On]The Overcomer's Suite.. the melodies are strong, the rhythms compelling, the forms extended and involved, giving the quartet plenty of room not only to stretch, but to turn together on a dime, in what is one of the finer statements of 2008.” -- David A. Adler, All About Jazz (NY)

“Whether emphasizing drawn-out lyrical phrases or linear flourishes, Greene maintains a robust tone with an exuberant amount of confidence.” -- John Baron, Allaboutjazz.com

“The [Overcomer's Suite] is unique in form, and superb in content...” -- John Cizik, Jazz Improv

“There is a brawny swagger to {The Tracks on The Overcomer's Suite], a seizing -the-reins attitude that further bolsters the angular verve of Greene's phrasing, that makes this a coming-out party.” Britt Robson, eMusic

“Jimmy Greene, a towering young tenorist of abundant talent, keeps his head down and weathers the storm in neo-Coltrane style...” --Jack Massarik, Evening Standard, U.K.

“[Jimmy Greene] kicked off the solos in torrid fashion, melding a fat sound with phrases that were by turns darting, angular and serpentine, a bravura style reminiscent of Dexter Gordon.” --Britt Robson, City Pages, Minneapolis

“Mr. Greene is a strong young tenor saxophonist... he'll have a lot to offer in the long run.” --Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Live in Concert: The Overcomer's Suite
Nu Jazz Entertainment
2009 The Overcomer's Suite
Nu Jazz Records
2008 Gifts and Givers
Criss Cross
2007 True Life Stories
Criss Cross
2006 Forever
Criss Cross
2004 Brand New World
RCA Victor
2000 Live at Birdland
RCA Victor
1998 Introducing
CrissCross
1997

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