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Purchase Jazz Orchestra to Perform at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola February 23, 2009

Date Released: 12/16/2008

The Purchase College Jazz Orchestra will perform at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 23 at 7:30 and 9:30 PM.  Tickets are $20 and $10 for students with ID.  For tickets call 212-258-9595 or

The Purchase Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band that performs jazz of every era, from staples by Duke Ellington and Count Basie to more modern works by today's leading composers and arrangers.  They will perform well known and lesser-known compositions of various jazz eras from the 1920s through the 21st century. Grammy Award-winning bassist Todd Coolman, Director of Jazz Studies at Purchase College conducts the group.

Featured guest soloist is saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Jimmy Greene, a young presence in the creative music world. Tony Hall of Jazzwise magazine calls him "without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years."

His Jimmy Greene Quartet performs regularly at the Village Vanguard, Birdland and other New York jazz venues, and at festivals and clubs  throughout the United States.  The Quartet has performed internationally in Italy, Scotland, Russia, Brazil, and Uruguay. 

A member of the Purchase Jazz Studies faculty, Greene's solo recordings, Mission Statement, The Overcomers Suite, Gifts and Givers, Brand New World  and Introducing Jimmy Greene, to name a few, have met with critical acclaim.

In addition to his recordings and appearances as a leader, Greene appears on 60 albums as a sideman and has recorded with the Tom Harrell, Harry Connick, Jr. and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Bands to name a few.

As a member of Harrell's quintet, Greene was featured on CBS' news magazine 60 Minutes.  As a member of Harry Connick Jr.'s Big band, Greene is a featured soloist on 2 DVD releases, "Harry for the Holidays," and "Only You."  He was a soloist featured on Connick's 2003 holiday special that aired on NBC, in addition to NBC's Today Show, and BBC's Parkinson Show.

Greene's numerous honors as a composer include a 2005 ASCAP/IAJE Commission in honor of Ornette Coleman which was performed with his quartet at the 2006 IAJE Conference in New York.  Over 30 of his original compositions and arrangements have been recorded on the RCA Victor, Criss Cross, and NuJazz labels.

Greene's performance of his composition "Mr. McLean" was broadcast on ABC-TV during a NASCAR pre-race broadcast in September 2007.

A graduate of the Hartt School, Greene instructs jazz performers at Purchase College and the McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees.  He regularly performs clinics for budding professional musicians in universities and high schools worldwide.

Todd Coolman is one of the more in demand bassists on the New York jazz scene today.  He has performed and recorded with some of the greatest jazz artists including Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and numerous others.  He is actively performing with an impressive array of artists, including James Moody, Ahmad Jamal, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess and the Jon Faddis Orchestra.

Members of the orchestra include: saxophones Bill Todd, Ian Skaronea, Sam Dillon, Matt Simons, Owen Sczerba; trombones Frank Niemeyer, Gordon Bartow, Matt Attfield, Chris Espy; trumpets Dylan Canterbury, Jonathan Saraga, Wayne Tucker, Joe Martino; rhythm section John Fastiggo; piano, Kevin Barry Dutro; guitar, Michael Kujawski; bass, Jerard Lippi drums.

The Purchase College Jazz Program is a dynamic, intensive training experience for the aspiring performer.  It boasts one of the finest performer/educator faculties in the nation and is highly acclaimed among today's leading institutions.  The performance driven curriculum strives to emphasize practical training.  

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, 5th floor, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street, New York, NY 10019. (There is a ($10 minimum at tables and $5 minimum at the bar.)