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Charlotte Greve

Charlotte Greve is a Brooklyn-based alto saxophonist, composer, and singer originally from Germany. She has released eight albums as a leader, two of which received the ECHO Jazz Prize (German equivalent of a GRAMMY).

Charlotte’s Brooklyn-based indie-pop influenced band Wood River released their Debut LP in 2015 and released their second full length album “More Than I Can See” on Yellowbird Records in 2020. Her large scale multi genre piece “Sediments We Move” was released on New Amsterdam and Figureight Records in October 2021 and received significant attention-

“Best 25 classical tracks of 2021” - The New York Times "Greve is definitely her own artist, and the blend of approaches here manages to surprise while also feeling carefully thought through ... Greve displays a tight focus on arrangement and composition, with all the aesthetics at her disposal."– The New York Times, 5 Classical Albums to Hear Right Now "A stirring composite of choral hymns, progressive rock, and free jazz ... rich in detail, but never overwrought. Instead ... a fluid cycle of matter as sound: building, dissipating, and crystalizing once again.” – Pitchfork, 7.5

Further projects in New York include the trio "The Choir Invisible” and the ambient duo “Sooner”. As a side- woman, Charlotte continues to collaborate with different artists such as Chris Morrissey, Marta Sanchez and Vinnie Sperrazza. Charlotte has been granted several awards for her work, including the 2012 and 2018 Echo Jazz, the 2010 JazzBaltica Award and the 2008 Praetorius-Musikpreis.

Since 2010 Charlotte has been touring with her own projects in the US, Europe, and South Asia and played at several major jazz and pop festivals such as Jazz Baltica, Jazzfest, Berlin, Haldern Pop, and Jazzfest Kolkata.

Born in 1988, Greve began playing classical flute at the age of eight and picked up the saxophone at age the age of sixteen. She received her undergraduate degree at the Jazz Institute Berlin in 2012. The same year, she moved to New York City to pursue a graduate degree at NYU Steinhardt.


Album Review

The Choir Invisible with Charlotte Greve, Vinnie Sperrazza and Chris Tordini: Town of Two Faces

Read "Town of Two Faces" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Infused with an inventive and organic zest, Town of Two Faces swings into the spotlight under the deft ensemble of Charlotte Greve on alto saxophone or voice, Vinnie Sperrazza on drums, Chris Tordini on acoustic bass. It is graced by a cameo from Fay Victor, a voice which paints jazz in bold uncharted colors, with her knack for reimagining the vocal weave in the jazz tapestry with her deep dive into a memorably melodic blues-and gospel-shaded piece, entitled “In Heaven." ...

Album Review

Jacob Garchik: Clear Line

Read "Clear Line" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As strange as it may sound, sometimes the best way to break free is to simply box yourself in. Limitations obviously cut off certain possibilities entirely, but they open the mind to so many others in the process. Composer (and trombonist) Jacob Garchik has long subscribed to that line of thinking and he takes it to bold heights on this, the most original, least derivative big band recording to arrive in ages. Basically throwing out the rule ...

Radio & Podcasts

Charlotte Greve, Lynn Cassiers, Federica Michisanti & Camila Nebbia

Read "Charlotte Greve, Lynn Cassiers, Federica Michisanti & Camila Nebbia" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

These days no one should be surprised at the quantity of highly talented women instrumentalists active in the current jazz and creative music scene. They come from all over the globe, and this episode casts the spotlight on some with current new releases: New York-based German saxophonist Charlotte Greve (The Choir Invisible), Belgian singer and keyboardist Lynn Cassiers (Yun), Italian bassist Federica Michisanti (Jeux De Coleurs) and Argentinean saxophonist Camila Nebbia (Aura). Add Toronto's fine trumpeter Lina Allemano to this ...

Album Review

Charlotte Greve / Vinnie Sperrazza / Chris Tordini: The Choir Invisible

Read "The Choir Invisible" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The music on The Choir Invisible, presented by the musical equilateral triangle of saxophonist Charlotte Greve, drummer Vinnie Sperrazza and bassist Chris Tordini, presents the ear with a simple yet often intense beauty. Three strong sonic personalities exploring uncluttered territory. The trio, all of whom are busy members of the New York City jazz scene, formed their The Choir Invisible in 2017. This eponymous album is their first recording. When the subject of an alto sax, bass and ...

Album Review

Webber / Morris Big Band: Both Are True

Read "Both Are True" reviewed by John Sharpe

On Both Are True Canadian composers and reed players Anna Webber and Angela Morris reimagine the language of the big band. They extend the tradition through adventurous arrangements spiced with the unpredictability of improv, by co-opting the nimbleness of a much smaller group, and reveling in non-standard techniques. Webber has already garnered plaudits for the work of her Simple Trio with Matt Mitchell and John Hollenbeck, while Morris' ventures such as the Motel Trio boast a lower profile so far. ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Town of Two Faces

Intakt Records


Both Are True

Greenleaf Music


The Choir Invisible

Intakt Records


Clear Line

Yestereve Records



Challenge Records


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