Milestone Negro Spirituals Until The Civil War

  • Details

  • 4/02/19
  • 7 - 9:30 p.m.
  • $12 – $15
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Music

Event Description

This performance/workshop in words and music by bassist Hilliard Greene brings to light the significance and beauty of the remarkable songs associated with the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in their efforts to escape to free states and to Canada. These uniquely American heritage songs are recognized as a distinct musical genre. The music that will be featured is based on the coded Negro spirituals that runaway slaves used to elude capture. 

Presented as part of the African American Museum of Iowa's 2019 Jazz and Blues series.

  • Details:

  • $12 in advance, $15 at the door
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Seating is general admission
  • Online ticket sales close at 4 PM on April 2
  • Doors will open at 6:30 PM on April 2

What Critics are Saying:

“With a technical mastery of his instrument that is nothing short of astonishing he churned through a varied and creative set full of fire, brilliance and subtlety that above all never stopped swinging." - Bobby Shropshire, Beach Nights Entertainment Magazine, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

“Intense. Powerful. Versatile. Not for the faint-hearted. ...Hill Greene showed us how it’s done” - Bass World, Journal for the International Society of Bassists

"His fabulous arco bass mixes lyricism with a burning, literally ferocious desire of opening the listener's mind." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes, Italy

About the Artist:

Hill Greene has been playing professionally for 35 years and studying music practically all his life. His emphases are in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, as well as the music of other continents and U.S. regions.  Currently he is concentrating on solo performance.

Having studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and at the University of Northern Iowa.  He performs widely in the New York City area in recitals and at nightclubs.  He's featured on numerous recordings, has performed on both television and radio, and has toured major cities throughout the United States and Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Greene performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years, serving as his Musical Director from 1995 to 2013. Greene was also Cecil Taylor’s Concert Master for his group “Phtongos”. He was in residence at Minton’s a.k.a. legendary Minton’s Playhouse as the house bassist.

As a bandleader Greene produced three CDs with his own ensemble The Jazz Expressions and a solo bass CD entitled "Alone".  Also, an upcoming recording featuring Negro Spirituals released by Unseen Rain Records.