May 26, 2022
Platt High School
Welcome MxCC Graduates!
- Commencement Speaker
- Student Singer, Speaker, & Poet
- Faculty &
- Cap & Gown Pick-Up Days
- Commencement Venue & Parking
Renowned Grammy® -nominated jazz saxophonist, composer, and professor Dr. Jimmy Greene will be the 2022 Commencement speaker. Dr. Jimmy Greene is Co-Coordinator of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University and was awarded a 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award for his efforts. Prior to his WCSU appointment, Dr. Greene taught at the University of Manitoba, SUNY Purchase, and the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. Dr. Greene has given clinics and master classes throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Israel, and Russia. Three of his former students have been named semi-finalists in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition and 18 student musicians and small ensembles under Dr. Greene’s direction have won DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards.
Two of his prior albums, Beautiful Life and Flowers: Beautiful Life Vol. 2 (both released by the Mack Avenue label) are celebrations of the life of his 6-year old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, whose life was tragically taken in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Beautiful Life garnered two Grammy® nominations, one for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and one for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for Greene’s song “When I Come Home.” Greene has performed selections from the album on CBS This Morning, NBC’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and the nationally syndicated Meredith Vieira Show. His previous solo releases were also met with much critical acclaim.
Greene and his groups perform regularly in jazz venues, festivals and clubs worldwide. Greene has also performed and presented in churches, faith-based conferences, mental health conferences and arts symposiums throughout the United States and Canada.
In addition to his recordings and appearances as a leader, Greene appears on over 75 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Ron Carter, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., Avishai Cohen, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, Dee Dee Bridgewater, the New Jazz Composers Octet and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, among many others.