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Instrument: Reeds
Born: July 19, 1959

Award-winning composer and performer Chris Greco has followed a path in music of discovery and accumulation. He has composed and performed a broad and diverse range of jazz music, classical chamber, and concert hall music. He draws from the music traditions of the past and the present within the worlds of jazz, non-western music, twentieth century music, American popular music, and the classical repertoire.

As a composer and multi-instrumentalist jazz musician Greco's development was shaped in Los Angeles. Guided by a meticulous approach of his nature, and a searching curiosity Greco continually explored a variety of jazz styles, groups, and changing instrumental formats; duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, and large ensembles. He was a significant contributor to the mainstream, modern/post-modern, and mixed-genre jazz culture of Los Angeles in the 80’s and 90’s. The three recording projects on gwsfourwinds records from the 90’s represent his broad view, and the multi-stylistic directions he explored.

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Chris Greco-Standards, Vol. 1: “This one is definitely a winner for jazz lovers. A totally excellent jazz listen with some of the highest energy I've heard in 2014! A MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” Improvijazzation Nation Issue 148, 10/20/2014.


“Standards, Vol. 1, y'all, is the sort of crazy, too hip, freaky, whoa- listen-to- THAT, jazz-plus material that got me so hip to Dave Liebman, Paul Motian, and other world class hipsters back when I was discovering not only ECM but also Brubeck, Miles, Weather Report, and all the rest of the cats who still have my brain jangled....Greco interprets classic jazz numbers in a way that makes you think he wrote 'em, and he grabs straight-ahead by the throat, jumps on its back and makes it dance, which is EXACTLY what ears like mine are forever athirst for.” FAME Review, Mark S

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Primary Instrument

Reeds

Location

Atchison, KS

Credentials/Background

D.M.A., Performance (UCLA)
M.A., Music Composition (California State University, Los Angeles)
B.A., Music (California State University, Los Angeles)

Christopher J. Greco, DMA
Associate Professor of Music
Benedictine College
1020 N. Second Street
Atchison, KS 66002
Office (913) 360-7599
E-mail: cgreco@benedictine.edu


Music theory, coordinator
Music composition, coordinator
Orchestration
Counterpoint
Studio Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone)
Chamber music
History of Jazz (summer online)

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