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December 19th, Another Night for Creative & Soulful Jazz with CGQ at Mayne Stage.
(Published: November 28, 2012)

Chicago, IL - WDCB and the Mayne Stage are proud to welcome leader/saxophonist Chris Greene and the Chris Greene Quartet (CGQ) for a night of creative and soulful jazz, Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8pm. This time around, the Marquis Hill Blacktet joins CGQ as their special guests. One of Chicago's most talked about contemporary jazz ensembles, CGQ is Chris Greene (leader, composer, saxophones) with Damian Espinosa on piano, Marc Piane on bass and Steve Corley on drums. Mayne Stage, having rapidly become a leading venue for jazz in the city, is located at 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Chicago, 60626. The 18 and over club offers valet parking, in house dining and a full bar. The box office opens at 6pm; lobby doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $25 for reserved seating, and may be purchased in advance through the Mayne Stage box office at 773.381.4551 or online at maynestage.com/Chris-Greene.

At a time when jazz continues to seek new audiences, the Chris Greene Quartet sits poised on the future's cusp. In much the way that classical composers have historically used native folk elements as the basis for their art, the CGQ uses familiar modern materials - the funk and hip-hop he heard growing up - as a bridge between jazz and other genres. In his Downbeat feature on Mr. Greene, Ed Enright says, "It doesn't hurt that the Chris Greene Quartet's music is rich in content, as well as just downright fun. Soulful, funky and rhythmically layered, A Group Effort presents a highly interactive ensemble that's well-schooled in straightahead jazz yet, has deep connections to more modern, popular genres." In 2010, Neil Tesser, of The Examiner prophesied that Mr. Greene was "...a saxophonist highly deserving of your attention." Nothing could be more true, as made evident by the high critical acclaim that keeps rolling in for CGQ's A Group Effort. Mayne Stage audiences can hear for themselves on December 19th, and the first 100 paid guests will even get a gift of this new CGQ CD.

"There's nothing better than listening to music performed by musicians who aren't afraid to take a chance, but who also treat the music with respect. Such is the way of the Chris Greene Quartet." says Bridget Arnwine, all•about•jazz. It's no wonder that Mr. Greene would invite Trumpeter Marquis Hill to join him for this important engagement - [Hill, who has an] "...inarguable comfort with co-existing in both the music of the past and present, and imbuing it with his own, developing sound."~ BirdiistheWorm.com. The line-up is Marquis Hill on trumpet, Christopher McBride on alto sax, Joshua Moshier on piano, Charlie Kirchen on bass, and Jeremy Cunningham on drums.

Join media sponsor WDCB at the Mayne Stage for jazz artists Chris Greene Quartet (CGQ) and special guest Marquis Hill Blacktet on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8pm. Find the Mayne Stage at 1328 W. Morse Avenue in Chicago, IL 60626. For tickets and more information, contact the box office at 773.381.4551 or online at maynestage.com/Chris-Greene.

Chris Greene, a Chicago-bred saxophonist, composer and bandleader, has paid his dues in the city's rich jazz scene since the early 90's, freelancing and playing in bands like The Trippin' Billies and Kevin O'Donnell's Quality Six at classic jazz venues like; The House of Blues, Park West, Chicago Metro, Double Door, Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Pops for Champagne, Andy's, Baker's Keyboard Lounge and RIBCO. Mr. Greene studied at Indiana University, where he formed his first band, Chris Greene and New Perspective, in 1994. Performing regularly, they released two albums of what Greene calls "electric jazz/funk/hip-hop/fusion" music, On The Verge (1998) and jazz (2004). In 2005 he formed his current unit, The Chris Greene Quartet (or CGQ).

CGQ features Greene on tenor and soprano saxophone, Damian Espinosa on primarily acoustic piano (but also occasionally on electric keyboard), Marc Piane on acoustic bass and drummer Steve Corley. CGQ has forged a unique sonic identity through the immediate personal chemistry these four remarkable musicians discovered when they first played together, and through subsequent steady work. In many ways, they are a throwback to the classic Blue Note label jazz units - bands that featured stable personnel, hard-swinging and thought-provoking music, with a sensibility that was at one time rooted in the popular culture but was very definitely, high-concept art; in other words, music for both body and mind.

CGQ's CD, Merge, follows in the footsteps of their Soul and Science: Volume One and Soul and Science 2: Electric Boogaloo. The track list for Merge includes a healthy serving of Greene's original compositions, as well as a tune by pianist Espinosa, jazz standards by Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Green, and one tune each by Madonna and The Black-Eyed Peas. Recorded in 2009 at Experimental Sound Studios in Chicago, the CD captures a working band at the height of its powers, with all of the telepathic communication that only a working ensemble can marshal. Mr. Greene's influences, from Sonny Rollins to Maceo Parker - electric Miles to Prince, are clearly evident. Also evident is the fact that he has become his own man.

While CGQ's vision and leadership are clear, Damian Espinosa, Marc Piane and Steve Corley are by no means mere sidemen. The blueprint for the band demands equal contributions from all chairs, each of whom have a commitment to the deep roots of jazz, and aesthetics influenced by a breadth of urban sounds including the blues, pop, rock, funk, R&B, and hip-hop. A Jazz at the Philharmonic blowing session this ain't.

CGQ continues to be one of the Midwest's busiest working bands, performing regularly at steamy Chicago jazz joints like M Lounge, Pete Miller's, Andy's Jazz Club, Red Kiva, and The Jazz Showcase. Mr. Greene is becoming known as one of the city's finest rising instrumentalists, and his band steadily earns a reputation as one of Chicago's most exciting ensembles.

For more information about CGQ: chrisgreenejazz.com

For more information about Marquis Hill Blacktet: marquishill.com

More Information: http://maynestage.com/Chris-Greene.aspx

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