Jimmy Greene

Award-winning saxophonist, composer and bandleader Jimmy Greene returns for an encore performance on The Jazz Cruise in 2016. Since starting on the alto sax at age 6 and forming his first quintet in high school, Jimmy has achieved success after success with his music, including but not limited to Most Outstanding Soloist award at the 1993 Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Ensemble Festival; First Runner-Up in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 1996; recognition as a “25 Young Rising Stars in Jazz” by Down Beat magazine in 1999; and, more recently, winner of Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation Grant Program. Jimmy has played in the Horace Silver Quintet and performed regularly with the groups of Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Steve Turre, Lewis Nash, Avishai Cohen, Claudia Acuña, Kenny Barron and Ralph Peterson, as well as the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, New Jazz Composers’ Octet, and the big bands of Harry Connick Jr., Jason Lindner and Kendrick Oliver. With nine album to his name, Jimmy’s latest, “Beautiful Life,” is an homage to his daughter, Ana, whose life was tragically cut short at age 6 along with 19 other schoolchildren and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. In this powerful tribute, Jimmy composed or arranged every selection and plays tenor and soprano saxophones – as well as the flute – throughout the album. When not on stage or in the studio, Jimmy devotes his time as a faculty member of his alma mater, The Hartt School at the University of Hartford.