Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Wall, Greg, saxophonist and composer; b. Brookline, MA, 31 October 1959. His parents were non-musical. He grew up in Framingham MA. He lived in Amherst/Northampton MA 1977-79 and studied with Archie Shepp. He lived in Cambridge from 79-83 while attending NEC, Graduating 1982. He's a student of Joe Allard, Jimmy Guifre, Tom McKinley, Mick Goodrick, and Jaki Byard.
He has been a Jersey City resident since 1983. He is director of the Rutgers-Newark Jazz Faculty Ensemble, artistic director of the Hudson Artists Stage, a member of the Alliance for Arts Education and Jazz Artist in Residence for the New Jersey Council on the Arts. Each year Greg conducts many concerts and workshops for young people throughout the area, as well as maintaining an active performing schedule here and abroad.
Greg toured Europe in the summer and fall of 1997 and 1998, including several major international festivals, was featured in this year's "Texaco-New York Jazz Festival" at the Knitting Factory in NYC, and appears frequently in other venues in the area. During the fall of 1993 Greg participated in the Knitting factory's Jewish Avant Musicians tour of 14 European cities, and toured the Northeast (including a concert at the Smithsonian Institute, Wash.D.C.) in the fall of 1994.
Recent commissioned compositions include " Birth/Rebirth" at The Walt Whitman Center, New Brunswick, NJ 1994, a 15-minute work for jazz quartet; "Shma" at The West End Synagogue, NYC 1990, a 10 minute work for choir, soprano solo, narrator, soprano saxophone, bass and percussion; and "Shoa" for The New Leadership Council, JCRC New York 1991, a 7 minute work for tenor saxophone and electronic tape.
Sun Ensemble: Earthly Delights (1978); Spycho-Semitic; Greg has also recorded with Kenny Barron, Miroslav Vitous, D.Sharpe, Bill Frisell,Billy Hart, Kolos, the Hi-Tops,the Jazz Vultures, Brothers' Brass Band, Piamenta, Avantango and Hasidic New Wave, as well as various session appearances for record dates and film scores.