Tim Green is one of the most interesting saxophonists that you can hear in New Orleans. Occasinally he travels but most of his career has been within the city. Over the years he has played with many of the greats that people associate most with the city- Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Irma Thomas, Cyrille Neville, Mem Shannon and many legendary others.
His affection goes out most to original, creative, music projects. He is interested in so much music and has brought himself to a place where he can insert very creative ideas in almost any context without breaing the balance or excitement. He was a large figure in many explorational bands from, Gulfstream and the Stick Band in the 80's, to Michael Ray, Naked On The Floor, and James Singleton, Dennis Gonzalez, and others like Fred Wesley in the 90's.
Tim has a very deep linguistic or conversationalist playing style that really has its best place on stages for live audiences. Where the musical "moment" happens is where he strives to be and his best work is there. For that reason, you won't find records under his name. His genius and where it resides really emerge in this relaxed, and probably pretty rare, interview.
Part 1- Tim's start in music; intense musical awareness starting at age 4; growing up in Connecticut; starting an "underground" radio station; meeting many greats; start on soprano saxophone; hearing and meeting established greats in new York and Boston-McCoy Tyner, Mingus, George Adams, Stan Getz, Blue Oyster Cult, Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power; early interest in 'Ethnic' music and friendships with musicians in other communities around Bridgport; meeting Grover Washington Jr and advice given.
Tim Green Interview Part 1