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Bunky Green

Professor Emeritus, Director of Jazz Studies Emeritus

Bunky Green playing the saxophone


Contact: (904) 620-2961 



Performer, educator, composer, arranger, lecturer, and music education consultant, Bunky Green has 14 albums released in his name on vintage labels such as Chess, Exodus, Cadet, and Vanguard. As an international performer, educator, and lecturer, his European tours have taken him to Poland, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and Africa. Green received film credit for his background solo work in Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," featuring Danny Glover and Esther Rolle. He is Past President and permanent chair of the Past Presidents Council of the world's largest jazz education organization, the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) and received a rare five-star rating from DownBeat Magazine for his album "Healing the Pain." Along with Gary Burton, Gerald Wilson, Jackie McLean, and Rufus Reid, he was cited in a 1995 DownBeat Magazine article recognizing the nation's leading jazz educators who are also respected players. In January of 1998, Professor Green was inducted into the "IAJE Hall of Fame." In 2003, he was inducted into the "Downbeat Hall of Fame for Jazz Education." Within the last three years Bunky Green has performed at major jazz festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. Leading European and American jazz magazines have highlighted him as one of the greatest jazz saxophonist on today's jazz scene. In April of 2010 his performance at the Jazz Standard in New York received a great review from Ben Ratliff in the New York Times. Ben also cited Bunky as being an innovator who has stylistically influenced many of today's great young players. Additionally, he has earned two five star CDs here in the United States and one four and a half in Germany. Green's latest CD "Apex" was released in 2010.