Honestly, I may not be able to be objective about our next guest. Tim Green has a special place in this radio host's heart. Here is why: though raised in the Church, Tim didn't get the vibe of the entire experience until much later - when Mo'Horns tapped him to play their from-the-heart Gospel. This is after an education immersed in Jazz studies at both the Manhattan School of Music and the Monk Institute at the University of Southern California.
So, in gravitatitng to the foundation of spiritual music later in life, Tim became an on-fire musical disciple. All that Jazz swimming in his saxophonist's fingers, combined with the truth of his childhood, came roaring back. What resulted was a staggering display of Swing meets Bop and Jesus. ONE listen to "Songs From This Season" seals THAT deal. "Psalm 1" and "Siloam" and "Philippians 4:13" and "Hope" - some of the titles on his 2012 release - does this say anything to you?
This extraordinary musician and composer/arranger/teacher was raised in Baltimore, a city known for its Jazz LEGENDS. Dad and an Uncle were singers - and an older brother, a trumpeter. In the the respected School of the Arts in town, Tim was selected to join the 25 member Grammy All-Star Band - which performed at the annual telecast. Eyes were on him then and ears are on him NOW - in ways that can only be described as (here's that word) an anointing. Terence Blanchard cannot say enough about him. The late Mulgrew Miller (a true mentor to Tim), said that his grateful student "had a song in his heart."
Having played with some of the BEST in both Gospel and Jazz, that praise from Mulgrew is haunting. Ask Michael Buble, who employs Tim Green as his sax man. For that matter, ask this phenomenal artist himself. Go ahead :)
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