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Chris Greene

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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

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PlaySPACE 2: Play Harder

Label: Single Malt Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing: Divers (intro); Divers; Caravan; No Setlist!; Samba Fu Maga; Omi (Fresh Water); You Win Again.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bill Charlap, Ron Miles & Jean Fineberg

Read "Bill Charlap, Ron Miles & Jean Fineberg" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From bandleader and musical force of nature Jean Fineberg we begin the 756th Episode of Neon Jazz with a track from her band's eponymous release followed by something from “The Godfather of Soul" and a commentary from Jean. We also delve into new music from Peter Curtis, Keith Oxman and Chris Greene. Vocalists take center stage ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Greene: PlaySPACE 2: Play Harder

Read "PlaySPACE 2: Play Harder" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine


When a musician begins his set with a warning much like that issued in a pharmaceutical advertisement for mesothelioma, it's probably a safe assumption that those in attendance should brace themselves for what's to come. When that musician is Evanston, IL based bandleader and saxophonist Chris Greene one thing is certain: even after heeding the warning, ...

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Article: Album Review

Chris Greene Quartet: PlaySPACE 2: Play Harder

Read "PlaySPACE 2: Play Harder" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Accomplished saxophonist Chris Greene, with his warm sound and easily recognizable style, is a stalwart of the Chicago music scene. Over the past decade he has led the same quartet of equally brilliant musicians who have honed a seamless camaraderie. On his 13th release, the ebullient PlaySPACE 2: Play Harder, Greene and his band stretch out ...

Album

PlaySCAPE

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Blues for Dr. Fear; Thunder Snow; Clean and Clear; Three & Six; The Crossover Appeal (Uno Mas); Speak No Evil.

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Article: Album Review

Chris Greene: PlaySCAPE

Read "PlaySCAPE" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Saxophonist Chris Greene's twelfth recording is a solid hard bop affair, an appointed EP, that begins intensely and never gives up. The angular, “Blues for Dr. Fear" kicks things off, funky and sharp-edged. Greene plays as much Michael Brecker as Hank Mobley squeezing every bit of grease from this extralean music. “Thunder Snow" is mid-1960s Joe ...

Album

Boundary Issues

Label: Single Malt Recordings
Released: 2017

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News: Recording

Chicago Saxophonist Chris Greene Continues To Explore New Musical Territories On "Boundary Issues," Set For April 14 Release

Chicago Saxophonist Chris Greene Continues To Explore New Musical Territories On "Boundary Issues," Set For April 14 Release

Saxophonist Chris Greene, a fixture on the Chicago scene dedicated to transcending the stylistic and structural borders of jazz, continues to discover new musical territory on his new CD Boundary Issues. Set for April 14 release on Single Malt Recordings, the album is Greene’s eighth with the long-standing quartet he formed in 2005 featuring pianist Damian ...

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Article: Album Review

Shawn Maxwell: Shawn Maxwell's Alliance

Read "Shawn Maxwell's Alliance" reviewed by Ben Scholz


Fronted by an already well-established jny:Chicago area saxophonist, the Shawn Maxwell Alliance expands the concept of what a mixed ensemble can accomplish in the jazz realm. This debut album features a sprawling list of modern jazz composers and leaders including another jny:Chicago saxophonist, Chris Greene, vocalist Keri Johnsrud, vibraphonist Stephen Lynerd, and bassist Stacy McMichael. The ...


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