As part of the Madison Jazz Festival, Madison Jazz Jam will present a special Wayne Shorter Jam Session with guest artist Chris Greene.
Who Is The Jam For?
The jam session is part of an all-day celebration of the legendary jazz composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who passed away on March 2, 2023. In the morning at 10:30am, keyboardist Dave Stoler will give a talk on the Musical Legacy of Wayne Shorter at Sequoya Library. And at 8:00pm, we will end the day with a Tribute to Wayne Shorter concert at Cafe CODA.
Saxophonist and composer Chris Greene was born in Evanston, IL. He spent his formative years in the award-winning Evanston High School Wind and Jazz Ensembles. As a teenager he began to play professionally with many local pop/rock and jazz bands. Greene eventually went to Bloomington, IN to attend the prestigious Indiana University Jazz Studies program and studied with renowned professor and cellist David Baker. Greene returned to Chicago in 1994 and has since collaborated with some of the nation’s most creative and versatile musicians. As a performer, Greene can be seen with many different groups – in many different genres. He also leads his own critically-acclaimed group, the Chris Greene Quartet. He has also performed or recorded with the following artists: Common, The Temptations, Eric Roberson, Phonte, Ce Ce Peniston, Poi Dog Pondering, Ed Motta, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Maysa Leak, Ten City, Sheena Easton, Steve Cole, Michael Manson, Andrew Bird, The J. Davis Trio, Chris Rob, Vic Lavender, Jesse De La Pena, Liquid Soul and The Mighty Blue Kings. Chris Greene was also featured in several episodes of the FOX-TV show, “Empire” and he also composed the score for the Chicago Childrens’ Theatre’s 2014 production of “Bud, Not Buddy.”