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Bill Green

The multi-instrumentalist was born 2-18-25 in Kansas City, Kansas, and started playing alto sax at age 10, clarinet at 12 and started teaching at 14. His mother sang in the church choir, and his father played a little alto saxophone. In 1942, after graduating from Sumner Senior High School, he entered the U.S. Navy. He told them he was a musician, but they said there were no openings, and sent him to service school for Machinist’s Mate in the Great Lakes region for the next 9 months. He was then shipped to San Diego, CA, where he fell in love with the weather. Weekends he would try to get to Los Angeles to hear some jazz and sit in, as the Central Avenue scene was still very active

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