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Jimmy Greene’s Songs for Ana

Striving to heal through God, family and jazz

Jimmy Greene and daughter Ana, March 2011
Jimmy Greene

From the time he graduated from Connecticut’s Hartt School in 1997, saxophonist Jimmy Greene’s life seemed charmed beyond the dreams of jazz musicians. His gifts began with his sound, which won him instant attention. “He has that big tone of a real tenor, all but lost today,” says the jazz flutist Red Sullivan. “Think Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet.” Jackie McLean had mentored him in his teens; thereafter Greene was snapped up by Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Lewis Nash and Harry Connick Jr. At 24, he made his major-label debut as a leader.

Amid touring the world, he married his high school sweetheart, and they started an idyllic home life, complete with two beautiful children. By grade school age, Isaiah showed true promise at the piano. Pretty Ana brimmed with vitality; she loved to dance and sing, showered her family with love, and trusted the Biblical teachings that guided them all.

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