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Greene, Hill (Hilliard Dwane)

Greene, Hill (Hilliard Dwane), bassist: acoustic, electric, fretless, upright electric, piccolo; b.  Logansport, IN, 26 February 1958.He grew up in eastern Iowa. His father is Mitchell Amos Greene II and his mother is Robert Ann Greene. She played church piano. His siblings are Mitchell Amos Greene III, Ann T. Greene, and Lois Elizabeth Greene.

He had private teachers in Junior High and High School. He studied with Clay Bergen, Steve Citta, Eldon Obrect, Ken Slavett, Candice Wiebner , James Welch at University of Northern Iowa 1976 - 1979. He studied with Eldon Obrecht, Ron Rohovit, Ken Slavett at Berklee College of Music 1979-1980. He also studied with Whit Browne, Robert Olson. After college, he studied with Pablo Aslan, John Clayton, Jr., Jay Elfenbein, Diana Gannet, Robert Olson, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Rufus Reid, and Miroslav Vitous.

Greene has been studying music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally over twenty. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B as well as the music of other continents and US regions. Currently he is concentrating on solo performance. Greene studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Northern Iowa. He continues to train privately in workshops for both children and adults.

Greene performs widely in the New York City area in recitals, nightclubs, and recordings, and on television and radio programs. He has appeared in major cities throughout Europe, United States, Asia and South America. Greene has performed and/or recorded with Jimmy Scott, serving as his Musical Director and with Cecil Taylor where he was Concert Master for his group "Phtongos". He has also worked with Gloria Lynne, Jacky Terrasson, The Inkspots, Rashied Ali, Leroy Jenkins, Jimmy Ponder, Eddie Gladden, Vanessa Rubin, Yoron Israel, Cindy Blackman, Electric Symphony, Charles Gayle, Jack Walrath, Don Pullen, Dave Douglas, Bobby Watson, Greg Osby, Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen and The Jazz Expressions.

Recordings:
The Jazz Expressions (1999); Yoyogi (2000); Alone (20003)

Television:
TV show entitled "Sessions @ West 54th Street" that featured Jimmy Scott and The Jazz Expressions with string quartet. Greene conducted and played bass.

Bibliography:
http://home.earthlink.net/~hilliardg ;web site
Article in The Boston Globe January 19th, 2001 entitled "For The Jazz Expressions, backing a great vocalist begins at the bass." by Bob Blumenthal
Article in Georgetown Times May 16th, 2001 entitled "Well-known bass player to give free performance at Godfrey's" by Jason Lesley
book entitled "The Future of Jazz" edited by Yuval Taylor a cappella books.

Contact information:
Hilliard (Hill) Greene
51 MacDougal Street #65
New York, NY 10012
ph: 212-713-5320
web address: http://home.earthlink.net/~hilliardg
e-mail address: hilliardg@earthlink.net

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