“Over the course of a dozen or so releases and more than two decades of professionalmusicianship, Greene has developed into a superb bandleader, improviser, and composer. His pieces are intricately crafted from a wide range of musical elements that he and his group interpret with refreshing gusto and sophisticated virtuosity.” – Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine
“2017 Editor’s Choice” – Downbeat Magazine
The Chris Greene Quartet has been a highly visible part of Chicago’s jazz scene since 2005, and has maintained a stable lineup from the beginning, with the exception of Steve Corley, who has held the drum chair since 2011. Damian Espinosa on piano and keyboards and Marc Piane on acoustic and electric basses have been onboard since the beginning. Unique among Chicago bands, most of whom feature, by necessity, constantly shifting personnel, the CGQ has been able to develop a true group sound and feel, harking back to bands from the classic age of jazz when groups could stay together for long periods of time. While honoring the tradition, the CGQ incorporates elements of funk, hip-hop, rock, pop, the blues and reggae, reflecting their diverse backgrounds. CGQ is also recently was honored at the 2018 Chicago Music Awards with an award for “Best Jazz Entertainer” and recently won the “Best Jazz Band” category in the Chicago Reader “Best of Chicago” Poll.
Chris Greene brings his acclaimed quartet to Café Paradiso on Friday, May 17th at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance (cafeparadiso.net or at Paradiso), $12 at the show. Don’t miss!