Jimmy Greene Quartet
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Jimmy Greene, a star-graduate of the Hartt School of Music in Hartford and Boston College, has now become one of the most well-respected and pure-sounding tenor saxophonists in jazz today. Assisting him is a like-minded all-star rhythm section, a trio of veterans – pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Otis Brown III – each a bandleader in his own right and each owning scores of recording credits comprising a who’s who in present-day jazz, so much so that today’s performance likely could serve as a “jazz primer.”
Greene last appeared on a Jazz Series stage in October 2012 as a member of giant Kenny Barron’s Quartet and participating in the pianist’s “A Chunk of Monk” program. Since that time, a lot has happened. Just two months after his appearance here, Greene and his wife lost their six-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, her life tragically taken along with 19 other children and six educators, when on December 14, 2012, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., took place. Turning tragedy into hope, Greene subsequently released Beautiful Life, making the twice-GRAMMY-nominated recording a celebration of his daughter’s life.
"Music has a unique way of communicating and healing. I'm so thankful that music is my profession, [and] that I am able to write and arrange to create settings that convey the emotions I experience, not the least of which is the pain that my family and I have endured at a time when words fail."
We welcome Greene and his musically strong quartet back to the Jazz Series.
Sunday, Nov 6, 2016
"Sundays @ Murry's"
Show 1 | Doors: 2:30 | Start: 3:30
Show 2 | Doors: 6 | Start: 7
Jimmy Greene Quartet
Jimmy Greene: Saxophone
Kevin Hays: Piano
Doug Weiss: Bass
Otis Brown III: Drums
“The heat returns with Greene's uptempo, quasi-rocklLatin "Soul Music," a tune that reflects his more composerly side, with less blowing and more dancing all around through a tighter arrangement.”
“Greene delivers his jazz in an educated, intellectual, and in certainly a literate and learned style.”
- Nigh Life Exchange