What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
The music of Charlie Parker changed my life. I was first introduced to Charlie Parker's music through a good friend of mine, Warren Wolf. He gave me a tape that included songs like "Confirmation," "Ornithology," "Now's The Time," "Donna Lee," and many other classics. I was in high school at the time, and this music really helped to develop my skills as an improviser, saxophonist, and as an over-all musician. I got so much from transcribing these solos, and there's so much that I'm still getting from his solos to this day. Charlie Parker's music and the Omnibook, which is a book of his written out solos, is what I call the bible for any alto saxophonist who's looking to play jazz. I'm grateful to my friend, Warren, as well as my teacher, David Stambler, for introducing me to the genius of Charlie Parker.
Tim Green celebrates the release of his new CD, Songs from This Season, on Saturday night at Baltimore School for the Arts. A BSA grad, Green taps into a saxophone legacy in Baltimore that includes the likes of Gary Bartz and Gary Thomas. His buddy, Warren Wolf, will likely be in the band Saturday night.