Jimmy Greene

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Jimmy Greene
Jimmy Greene.jpg
Greene in 2014
Background information
Birth name James Sidney Greene, Jr.
Born (1975-02-24) February 24, 1975 (age 42)
Hartford, Connecticut
Origin Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Genres Jazz, gospel, post-bop, neo-bop
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1997–present
Labels RCA, Criss Cross, Sunnyside, SteepleChase, Mack Avenue
Website jimmygreene.com

James Sidney "Jimmy" Greene, Jr., (born February 24, 1975) is an American jazz saxophonist, gospel musician, recording artist, record producer, and music professor. He started his music career, in 1997, and has since released eight studio albums. His eighth studio album, Beautiful Life, was his breakthrough release upon the Billboard magazine charts. It also received his first Grammy Award nominations.

Early life[edit]

Greene was born on February 24, 1975, as James Sidney Greene, Jr., in Hartford, Connecticut, at Hartford Hospital, the son of James, Sr., a saxophonist, and Renee Simmons.[1][2][3] He has three siblings; two sisters, Nayre and Amanda, and a brother, Dorian.[2] The first instrument purchased for him was an alto saxophone, when he was just six years old, where by the age of eight he was getting tutored in how to play the instrument, while by middle school jazz became his obsession.[3] He graduated with honors from Bloomfield High School, in 1993, where he went on to graduate from The Hartt School in 1997, summa cum laude,[2] when he commenced his professional recording career.[3]

Music career[edit]

Greene performing in 2014

His music recording career started in 1997.[3] The first studio album, Brand New World, was released by RCA Victor, on January 11, 2000.[4] His second studio album, Introducing Jimmy Greene, was released by Criss Cross Records, on February 8, 2000.[5] The third studio album, Forever, was released on February 17, 2004, by Criss Cross Records.[6] He released, True Life Stories, with Criss Cross Records, on May 16, 2006.[7] His fifth studio album, Gifts and Givers, was released on September 18, 2007, from Criss Cross Records.[8] The sixth studio album, The Overcomer's Suite, was released by Nu Jazz Records, on July 22, 2008.[9] He released, Mission Statement, the seventh studio album, on April 7, 2009, with Sunnyside Records.[10] His eighth studio album, Beautiful Life, was released on November 25, 2014, from Mack Avenue Records.[11] This album was his breakthrough released upon the Billboard magazine charts, where it placed on the Christian Albums, Gospel Albums, Jazz Albums and Heatseekers Albums, while it peaked at No. 36 on the Christian Albums chart,[12] at No. 6 on the Gospel Albums chart,[13] at No. 5 on the Jazz Albums chart,[14] and No. 6 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.[15] This album garnered him a Grammy Award-nomination at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.[16][17][18] Himself alongside performer, Javier Colon, for their performance of the song, " When I Come Home", were nominated for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals at the 58th Grammy Awards, while Greene is the only arranger credited on the album.[16][17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Greene is a music professor at Western Connecticut State University,[2] and he resides in nearby Sandy Hook, Connecticut;[3] he also taught at the University of Manitoba for a three-year stretch.[2][19] He is married to a flautist, Nelba Márquez.[1] His daughter, Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, was six years old when she was murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting,[3][18] and the album Beautiful Life, was made in tribute and dedication to his daughter.[19][20] He is part of the music ministry at his local church, Glory Chapel International Cathedral.[1]

Discography[edit]

List of selected studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Chr
[12]
US
Gos
[13]
US
Jazz
[14]
US
Heat
[15]
Beautiful Life 36 6 5 6

With Mario Pavone

Grammy Award nominations[edit]

58th Annual Grammy Awards (20142015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Staff. "Greene, Jimmy (James Sidney Greene, Jr.)". Jazz.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e McNally, Owen (May 15, 2012). "Saxophonist Jimmy Greene To Teach At WestConn". Hartford Courant. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Proefrock, Stacia. "Jimmy Greene : Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ Nastros, Michael G. "Brand New World – Jimmy Greene : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ AllMusic. "Introducing Jimmy Greene – Jimmy Greene". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ Campbell, Al. "Forever – Jimmy Greene : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ Mason, Stewart. "True Life Stories – Jimmy Greene : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ Nastros, Michael G. "Gifts and Givers – Jimmy Greene : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ Dryden, Ken. "The Overcomer's Suite – Jimmy Greene : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ Dryden, Ken. "Mission Statement – Jimmy Greene : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ Collar, Matt. "Beautiful Life – Jimmy Greene : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Jimmy Greene Album & Song Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Jimmy Greene Album & Song Chart History (Gospel Albums)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Jimmy Greene Album & Song Chart History (Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Jimmy Greene Album & Song Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Hamad, Michael (December 7, 2015). "Jimmy Greene's 'Beautiful Life' Nominated For Two Grammys". CTNow. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b Small, Alan (December 12, 2015). "Jazz musician Jimmy Greene has mixed emotions about Grammy nods". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b c Staff (December 7, 2015). "Jimmy Greene, former U of M music professor, nominated for 2 Grammy awards". CBC News. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b Chinen, Nate (November 26, 2014). "Jimmy Greene's 'Beautiful Life' Is a Eulogy to a Daughter". The New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  20. ^ Chilton, Martin (November 27, 2014). "Jimmy Greene's remarkable jazz tribute to his daughter". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 

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