Saxophonist and composer Chris Greene was born in Evanston, IL. He spent his formative years in the award-winning Evanston High School Wind and Jazz Ensembles. As a teenager he began to play professionally with many local pop/rock and jazz bands. Greene eventually went to Bloomington, IN to attend the prestigious Indiana University Jazz Studies program and studied with renowned professor and cellist David Baker. Greene returned to Chicago in 1994 and has since collaborated with some of the nation’s most creative and versatile musicians. As a performer, Greene can be seen with many different groups - in many different genres. He also leads his own critically-acclaimed group, the Chris Greene Quartet. He has also performed or recorded with the following artists: Common, The Temptations, Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Maysa Leak, Ten City, Sheena Easton, Steve Cole, Michael Manson, Andrew Bird, The J. Davis Trio, Chris Rob, Vic Lavender, Jesse De La Pena, Liquid Soul and The Mighty Blue Kings.
Chris Greene has also been featured as an actor in several episode of the hit FOX-TV show, Empire and he also composed the score for the Chicago Childrens’ Theatre’s recent production of “Bud, Not Buddy.
2018 Chicago Music Awards winner - "Best Jazz Entertainer"
2017 Chicago Reader "Best of Chicago" Poll - "Best Jazz Band"
DownBeat Magazine Editor's Choice
...a post-bop maverick intent on shaking things up for the mainstream. —AllAboutJazz.com
“Greene has some set of chops…Keep an eye on this kid…” —Marc Myers, Jazzwax.com
Greene continues to evolve as one of the best young players in the city. - JazzChicago.net