Burton Greene

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

14 June 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Playing piano from early childhood, in the late 50s Greene studied classical music, at Chicago’s Fine Arts Academy, and jazz with Dick Marx. He played bebop in Chicago before spending time in California where he played some free jazz with flautist Jon Winter. Although he had begun his jazz life in a bebop world, Greene was eager to place a personal stamp upon his music and upon entering the parallel world of free jazz, he truly found freedom. This was in New York City in 1962 and he soon established a name as a forward thinking musician. He played with Alan Silva and the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble (FFIE), a co-operative band that also included Winter, Gary Friedman (alto saxophone) and Clarence Walker (drums). He played in multimedia settings with poets and in various other free jazz groups and also became a member of the Jazz Composers Guild where others involved included Paul Bley, Michael Mantler, Roswell Rudd,...

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