Jimmy Greene, the celebrated jazz musician whose daughter was one of the 26 victims of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, joins noted jazz friends, fellow faculty members and students Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the opening night concert for the three-day Western Connecticut State University Jazz Fest on the Danbury campus.
Greene, a faculty member at WCSU since last August, and his wife, Nelba Márquez-Greene, lost their 6-year-old daughter, Ana Grace, in the Newtown tragedy that took the lives of 20 children and six educators. The saxophonist/composer/educator who grew up in Bloomfield and was a protégé of the late Jackie McLean at The University of Hartford's Hartt School, participates in the Fest's opening night concert, "Friends of Jimmy Greene." It features his close friends and colleagues, including trombonist Steve Davis and saxophonist Kris Allen, both of West Hartford; pianist Xavier Davis; drummer Quincy Davis; the David Weiss Sextet; WCSU music faculty and students.
Admission: $10. Donations accepted at the door for My Sandy Hook Family Fund. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations at all three of the evening concerts benefit the fund.
Trumpeter Wallace Roney performs Friday (April 26) at 7 p.m. as guest artist with the WCSU Jazz Orchestra. Guitarist John Scofield leads his trio Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. General admission for Friday and Saturday: $15 apiece. Dedicated to the Sandy Hook victims, all three concerts are held at Ives Concert Hall in White Hall, WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury. Information: www.wcsu.edu/tickets and 203-837-TIXX.
Owen McNally (Special To The Courant)Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times