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Saxophonist/Composer TIM GREEN to Perform on The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca Wednesday, February 20 ~ Performance to be Broadcast Live on NPR Music, WBGO (88.3FM, NYC) and WBGO.org
Whether your source is the Bible or the Byrds, the notion is the same: "To everything there is a season." On his debut as a leader, Songs From This Season, alto saxophonist and composer Tim Green recounts the many seasons of his own life on a stylistically diverse set featuring a host of established and rising jazz stars.
Released via Green's own True Melody Music label, the album surveys a broad swath of the jazz landscape, from deftly swinging hard bop to fluid modernity to soulful gospel. The impressive list of sidemen on the session includes pianist Orrin Evans, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, drummers Rodney Green and Obed Calvaire, and several of Green's collaborators in the thriving Baltimore/Washington D.C. jazz scene.
The disc marks not only the emergence of a strong new voice on the saxophone, already established by Green's second-place showing in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, but of a confident and versatile composer. Each piece on the album, Green says, reflects a certain period in his life and the emotion attached to it.
Green has recently come under the wing of one of his idols, saxophonist Kenny Garrett. While on the phone with mentor Mulgrew Miller one day, Green was shocked when the pianist handed the phone over to Garrett out of the blue. "I was really blown away because he's a big hero of mine, " Green recalls. "Since then he's been really supportive and just lets me know he's on my side. He wants me to go all the way, and that's really encouraging to me."
More recently, Green has also gotten bandstand endorsements with several heavy hitters who have called upon him as a sideman. The list includes Miller, but also bassist Christian McBride, pianist Eric Reed, and the Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker group.
The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca
The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca is a music series presented by 92YTribeca and WBGO, and created by WBGO's Josh Jackson, host of the hour-long jazz radio program, The Checkout. The series pairs some of New York City's most exciting jazz musicians and brings them to the mainstage at 92YTribeca for a live performance and broadcast on WBGO (as well as the station's website, WBGO.org). Portions of the recorded performance will also be used for future playback on The Checkout, as well as the show's podcast, and syndicated and archived via NPRMusic.org. The mainstage at 92YTribeca, 92nd Street Y's downtown cultural venue, regularly features jazz as part of its eclectic offerings, which also include film, performance, visual art and a huge range of musical genres.
"Our message is growing, and so are the ways we can deliver it - on a clear and consistent radio signal, on WBGO.org, and on mobile telephony, " says Jackson. "We're excited to work with 92YTribeca to create new opportunities to discover, engage, and build the jazz community."
The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca
Wednesday, February 20 at 8:00PM
Performance in Support of Debut Album
Songs From This Season, Available February 12
Tim Green, saxophone
Warren Wolf, vibraphone
Orrin Evans, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Obed Calvaire, drums
200 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 601-1000
Tickets are available here http://www.92y.org/