Tim Green (piano)

A BRIEF PROFILE In the winter of 2002, Origin/OA2 Records signed a young composer and jazz pianist out of Chicago named Tim Green. Without promotion or fanfare, his debut CD, Catching Yourself Gracefully, received national acclaim. It quickly rose to number 32 on the Jazz Week chart and went on to be awarded as one of the Top 20 CDs of 2003 by National Public Radio’s WBEZ in Chicago. Critics and fans agreed that OA2 had launched a promising and innovative artist. Green took his first formal piano lessons at the age of nineteen while attending Eastern Illinois University where he later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Within a few years, while living in Champaign, he began performing in jazz groups around Illinois. During that time, he met and performed with a variety of touring jazz artists who encouraged him to move to Chicago to engage the opportunities that it provides. Within a few months of moving to Chicago in 2000, Tim received a call from tenor saxophone legend Von Freeman to play in Von’s Quartet. Today he is recognized by All About Jazz as ‘… one of a growing number of young jazz musicians who are shaping jazz for the 21st century.’ PORTRAIT OF A PLAYER The Tim Green Trio has performed concerts extensively throughout the United States, as well as performing and giving clinics at colleges and universities. As a sideman, Tim has worked in many notable groups and venues in and around Chicago. He has recorded alongside jazz legend Ira Sullivan, performed at the legendary Jazz Showcase with Brooklyn saxophonist Jeff Newell and appears frequently at the Green Mill. In addition to the Von Freeman Quartet, he has performed with the Marlene Rosenberg Trio, Jim Cox Trio, Green Mill Quartet, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Melvin Butler, Don Stiernberg, and several others. He has established a reputation as a solid, tasteful accompanist and soloist with an ever-expanding repertoire of jazz. He has performed coast to coast across the United States alongside several artists of international acclaim. A few of the artists Tim has shared the stage with in recent years are Cecil Bridgewater, Ira Sullivan, Jeff Johnson, Winard Harper, Perry Wilson, Mike Lee, Jeff Newell, Ed Petersen, Bill Pierce, Marlene Rosenberg, and Don Stiernberg. Though known mostly as a jazz pianist, Tim has played Viva Chicago with both Latin Jazz and Salsa bands, and has recorded across genres including modern pop, Latin and Jazz. He has appeared on MTV, VH1 and BET in the Carlos Santana #1 music video “Game of Love” (2002). He has appeared twice on Telemundo (Viva Chicago, 1995 and 1997), PBS (“Check, Please” February 3, 2006). His composition “Wrong Again” from Catching Yourself Gracefully has also appeared in the independent film, “You Did What?”. As a bassist, Tim has performed steadily in jazz venues with the legendary saxophonist Eric Schneider’s band, Fred Jackson Trio, Bill Boris Trio, Andy Pratt Trio, Angel Spiccia Quartet, and has also performed alongside Melvin Butler, Dennis Luxion, Jeff Newell, Ron Dewar, John Moulder and several others. Additionally, he is a first-call bassist in Chicago’s thriving African music scene, having performed steady engagements with the Ethiopian/Middle Eastern fusion band Magic Carpet, as well as festivals and concerts with the Senegalese band The Princes of Futa led by Alpha Diallo. Tim has appeared as a guest on countless radio programs nationwide, including WGN/Rick Kogan’s “The Sunday Papers” and Neil Tesser’s “Miles Ahead”. AS A RECORDING ARTIST His award-winning and critically acclaimed 2003 debut CD, Catching Yourself Gracefully (OA2 22002), reached #32 nationally (Jazz Week, March 7, 2003), and was recognized as one of the Top 20 CDs of 2003 by WBEZ-Chicago. Catching Yourself Gracefully features five original compositions by Tim, as well as several standards. Also featured on the CD are Jim Cox (bass) and Phil Gratteau (drums). One of Chicago’s leading combinations, the two have been performing together for more than 30 years and have backed such names as Marian McPartland, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Roberts, and countless others. Jeannie’s Song (OA2 220015) (Origin/OA2 Records) followed his successful debut, and features Brian Wilkie (guitar) along with Jim Cox and Phil Gratteau. Both recordings are currently receiving international airplay and acclaim. from www.timgreenjazz.com

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