Paul Green has been searching for the common ground between Jewish music and Jazz. In this concert, he features the world premieres of several of his own compositions, combining both genres to create his own unique form.
Featuring Paul Green on virtuoso clarinetist; Charlie Tokarz on saxophone; Jason Ennis on guitar; Ben Kohn on piano; Dan Broad on bass; and Pete Sweeney on drums.
Green's discography includes "Return to the Concert Stage" (classical), "Klezmer East: Traditional Favorites" (klezmer) and, now, "Coming Together," Jewish-jazz fusion. A renowned expert and lecturer on Jewish music, Green created a band, Klezmer East, in 2003. A newly honed mastery of jazz has brought him to Miami's Jazz in the Gables, the Jazz Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Castle Street Café and The Gateways Inn in the Berkshires and other venues.
Winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Green's solo recitals have garnered rave reviews in The New York Times. He has collaborated with the Borromeo, Saint Lawrence, and Ying quartets, and has collaborated with ‘cellist Jacqueline De Pre, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, pianists Richard Goode, Christopher O'Riley, William Wolfram, Ursula Oppens and many others. Green founded the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in South Florida and The Summer Celebration of Jewish Music in the Berkshires. He was first clarinetist of the Florida Grand Opera, the Palm Beach Symphony and Symphony of the Americas. In Florida, he served on the faculties of several universities and now teaches at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. and the Berkshire Music School.
Green studied with noted clarinet pedagogue Leon Russianoff; Keith Wilson at Yale, where he received a bachelor's degree in theory and composition; and Joseph Allard at the Juilliard School, where he received a master's in clarinet performance. In 2009, he received an additional master's degree in jazz performance at Florida International University. A former attorney and legal writing professor at Brooklyn Law School, he also has an LLM in taxation from New York University.
Grounded and virtuosic in the classical tradition, Green has pursued his passion for jazz and followed his instinctual yearnings to explore the meaning of Jewish music while maintaining his classical concert career. With "Coming Together," he has taken giant steps towards finding commonalities between the jazz and Jewish idioms.
"Like a cobra intent on doing some charming of its own, the clarinetist Paul Green weaved, darted and hovered over his instrument at his recital in Merkin Concert Hall…conjuring gorgeous sounds."