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Summer Breeze Jazz Featuring The Jimmy Greene Quartet

Join us at this year's Summer Jazz event at Ives Concert Park featuring the infamous Jimmy Greene Quartet for a memorable night of jazz!

Jimmy Greene’s debut recording for Mack Avenue, “Beautiful Life,” is a celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, whose life was tragically taken on Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He fulfills that mandate with an intense, cohesive, genre-spanning program, juxtaposing the hardcore instrumental jazz for which he is best known with traditional spirituals, contemporary Christian music, standard ballads and three original songs framing his own lyrics. 

A native of Hartford, Greene is considered one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation since his graduation from the Hartt School of Music in 1997. The Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs worldwide, including venues in New York, Moscow, Rome, Paris, Israel, Uruguay and Brazil. Down Beat magazine recognized Greene as one of "25 Young Rising Stars in Jazz. Jim Macnie of the Village Voice said,"[Greene] is good for a couple of body chills every time you see him. He's got a big barrelhouse sound, and a way of negotiating changes that make academic moves seem natural."

Ives Concert Park is a prestigious, world-class performing arts center. This majestic outdoor amphitheater is situated on 40 wooded acres with a pond, breathtaking gardens and public hiking trails, and is located on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury. The Ives hosts a variety of world-renowned international, regional and local artists and is a truly unique arts experience in harmony with the natural environment.

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