Jimmy Greene Quartet
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 6:30 PM at Gordon Hall
ALL TICKETS $30
CONCERT & DINNER PASS $70
Including 5 PM dinner at the Falls Village Inn, a Litchfield County landmark—Classic American comfort fare, seasonal—and 6:30 PM Twilight Concert at Music Mountain. Must be purchased by 3 PM on Friday prior to concert.
Jimmy Greene Quartet
A native of Hartford, CT, Jimmy Greene is considered one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation. Jazzwise Magazine (UK) calls Greene “without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years.” His GRAMMY® Nominated Beautiful Life album (Mack Avenue) has received high critical acclaim.
GRAMMY® Award-nominated saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jimmy Greene wrote and recorded an album four years ago that no parent should ever have to make – Beautiful Life celebrated the life of Ana Márquez-Greene, his 6-year-old daughter that was murdered along with 19 other children and six educators on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Now, Greene continues to honor and memorialize her spirit with Flowers, his second release for Mack Avenue Records.
The Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs worldwide, including Jazz Standard (New York), Le Club (Moscow), Casa del Jazz (Rome), Sunside Jazz Club (Paris), Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel), Lapataia Jazz Festival (Uruguay) and Amazonas Jazz Festival (Brazil). In one such appearance, Jim Macnie of the Village Voice said,"[Greene] is good for a couple of body chills every time you see him. He's got a big barrelhouse sound, and a way of negotiating changes that make academic moves seem natural."
In addition to his recordings and appearances as a leader, Greene appears on 75 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., Avishai Cohen, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, Steve Turre, the New Jazz Composers Octet and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, among many others. As a member of Harrell's quintet, Greene was featured on CBS's benchmark news magazine, 60 Minutes. As a member of Harry Connick Jr.'s Big Band, Greene is a featured soloist on 2 DVD releases, Harry for the Holidays, and Only You. He was featured as a soloist on Connick's 2003 holiday special aired on NBC, in addition to NBC's Today Show, and BBC's Parkinson Show.
Dr. Greene is Co-Coordinator of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. Jimmy Greene is a clinician for Borgani Saxophones and Vandoren Mouthpieces, Reeds and Ligatures and uses their products exclusively.