Jazz saxophonist and bandleader Jimmy Greene joins WCSU faculty

Saxophonist and bandleader Jimmy Greene, a youthful master of jazz performance and composition whose recordings have earned international acclaim, will return to his Connecticut roots with his appointment to join the faculty of the WCSU department of music.

Greene was featured with other members of the WCSU jazz faculty in concert on July 15, 2012, in Ives Concert Hall.

Greene, a Hartford native who has held a music faculty position at the University of Manitoba in Canada since 2009, has accepted an appointment effective Aug. 27 to become assistant professor of music and assistant coordinator of jazz studies at Western. Dr. Daniel Goble, dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, said that Greene’s “addition to our outstanding roster of jazz artists at WCSU represents a milestone in the history of the university’s renowned jazz studies program.

“As one of the most highly regarded young tenor saxophonists in the world, Jimmy will be a tremendous asset to our students and the university community, sharing his experience as a performer, recording artist and composer,” Goble said. “Jimmy’s return to Connecticut is a wonderful case of a local musician who has made a significant impact in his field, coming home to give back to the community.”

Jamie Begian, chair of the music department and coordinator of jazz studies at WCSU, said he is “very excited to be working with Jimmy to help grow the jazz program here. Jimmy is a rare blend of consummate artist and outstanding educator and will fit right in with our mission of demanding the best from our students.”

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Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and bandleader Jimmy Greene has brought further strength to the music curriculum at WCSU with his appointment in August 2012 as assistant professor of music and assistant coordinator of jazz studies.