Green was born on June 6, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri. He
first performed in a professional setting at the age of 13.
His early influences were Charlie Christian and Charlie
Parker; however, he played extensive R & B gigs in his
home town and in East Saint Louis, IL while developing his
jazz chops. His first recordings in St. Louis were with tenor
saxophonist Jimmy Forrest for the Delmark label. Lou
Donaldson discovered green playing in a bar in St. Louis.
After touring together with Donaldson, Green arrived in New
York around 1959-60. In a Down Beat interview from
the early 60's, Green said "The first thing I learned to play