“Tim Green is a dynamic musician. If you make a checklist of everything you’d want in a musician, Tim has it all.” —Christian McBride
“Tim is a very talented musician with a wide array of creativity. His sound and writing is built on the strengths of our heritage while also containing a forward looking approach to create his own very personal sound.” —Terence Blanchard
Saxophonist/composer Tim Green will perform at 92YTribeca in New York City on Wednesday, February 20 at 8:00PM. The performance is part of 92YTribeca and WBGO’s on-going series, The Checkout: Live From 92YTribeca, produced by Josh Jackson and syndicated and archived at NPRMusic.org. Green will be celebrating his upcoming debut release, Songs From This Season (available February 12). He will be joined for the performance by vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Matt Clohesy, and drummer Obed Calvaire. The show is a shared double-bill with the Orrin Evans Trio.
Photo Credit: Roy Cox
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.
Saxophonist/Composer Tim Green on
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