12-05-18Developed and Designed Music Composition (BA) Degree at BC
Over the past several years I developed and designed an Emphasis in Composition (BA Music) degree at Benedictine College. First majors graduating: 2018, 2019, 2020. It's been rewarding, and I look forward to continued success.
02-23-182017 Semi-Finalist -"Rains and Prayers" - International Song Competition
"Rains and Prayers" received a semi-finalist nomination for the 2017 International Song Competition, Jazz category. Top 8% of 16,000 entries.
12-27-17Triptych LA Jazz Releases - SoundCloud
Triptych of Los Angeles Jazz Releases, my imprint gwsfourwinds records, are available for listening on SoundCloud. Enjoy!
05-05-17Summer Recording Project | Classical Saxophone
I look forward to this summer 2017 to an upcoming recording project of classical saxophone works for alto saxophone and piano. Look to next year for a release. Cheers.
01-28-17Jazz Recordings - ArkivJazz
My jazz recordings are also available for digital download or in CD format through ArkivJazz. Check it out.
11-20-16Chris Greco - Silverstein Pro Team | Endorsing Artist America : Saxophone/Clarinet
I've been welcomed to the Silverstein Works Pro Team. It's a great pleasure to be a member of the Pro Team, and this wonderdful new line of ligatures. Check them out!
10-19-16Article / Benedictine's Greco Attends ICA ClarinetFest 2016
Benedictine College reports on my participation at the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest 2016.
08-06-16International Clarinet Association | ClarinetFest 2016 8/3 - 8/7
Participating in ICA ClarinetFest 2016. Performing with the ICA professors ensemble at the Lied Center 8/6 with featured soloist Philippe Cuper on a selection of a Verdi arrangement.
01-16-16Chris Greco - Artist Roster | Endorsed by Selmer Saxophones
I've been welcomed to the Selmer Saxophones Artist Roster.
08-03-15Chris Greco - Woodwinds Artist Roster | Endorsed by Gonzalez Reeds
I've been welcomed to the Artist Roster of Gonzalez Reeds.
I look forward to the partnership, and welcome the endorsement support from a reed company that produces wonderful, high quality reeds.
06-23-15Free Download Continues /"Solid"/ Standards, Vol. 1 CD at All About Jazz
Free MP3-Download Continues at All About Jazz: "Solid" Standards, Vol. 1 CD.
05-01-15"The Open Door" (trio group - clarinet) wins Honorable Mention / Jazz / International Song Competition 2014
"The Open Door" (trio group - clarinet) has won an Honorable Mention in the Jazz category in the International Song Competition 2014 (ISC).
03-25-15World Saxophone Congress July 2015, France - "Point Of Light" classical saxophone premiere
Received an invitation to perform and premiere my chamber music composition for strings and alto saxophone - "Point Of Light" - at the upcoming World Saxophone Congress July 9-14, 2015, Strasbourg France.
03-24-15Finalist 2014 International Song Competition: jazz - "The Open Door" (clarinet)
Finalist 2014 International Song Competition: jazz category, "The Open Door" (clarinet) composition for trio.
Also, go to the link provided here and vote for "The Open Door" in the additional "People's Voice" - click on "jazz," and you can listen to the track. Then vote. Peace.
02-19-15Semi-Finalist International Song Competition 2014 - Two works: "Afterthought" and "The Open Door"
Semi-Finalist International Song Contest 2014 : jazz category two works, "Afterthought," (soprano saxophone), and "The Open Door" (clarinet).
12-14-14Recipient ASCAPlus Award 2014 - Composition
Recipient of ASCAPlus Award 2014 granted by American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers to American composers for their "unique contribution to american music."
11-04-14November 2014: KMUW Celebrates Adolphe Sax - Saxophonist Chris Greco Featured
November 2014 - KMUW 89.1 Celebrated the Bicentennial of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, and featured outstanding artist saxophonists -- Tuesday's 11-04-2014 show, Part 1, featured Chris Greco's music. Cool.
10-20-14Improvijazzation Nation Review "Hot CD Pick": Chris Greco - Standards, Vol. 1
"A totally excellent jazz listen that gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." Improvijazzation Nation Issue 148, October 20, 2014.
09-14-14The Birmingham Times Review: Chris Greco, Standards Vol. 1
"Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Chris Greco has an exciting new album available. Standards, Vol. 1 offers a number of appetizing goodies that no jazz connoisseur will want to miss. Known for groundbreaking compositions, Greco gives his incredible take on......"
September 11, 2014, The Birmingham Times, Musical Notes
09-02-14Standards, Vol. 1 Peaks at #8 - CMJ #1361 Jazz Charts 2014
Standards, Vol. 1 CD peaks at #8 on the CMJ Jazz Charts, #1361.
08-15-14FAME Review: Chris Greco Standards, Vol. 1
A smoking hot review of Standards, Vol. 1 from FAME Review - August 15, 2014. Check it out!
07-25-14 5 of 5 Stars - Amazon Review: Chris Greco Standards, Vol. 1
5 of 5 Star Review from Amazon - Chris Greco Standards, Vol. 1, July 2014. Check it out!
07-24-14 4 of 5 Stars - Amazon Review: Chris Greco Standards, Vol. 1 "Edgy with an Avant Garde Feel"
Amazon Review of Standards, Vol. 1 - "Edgy with an Avant Garde Feel," July 2014. Check it out!
02-08-14Featured Publication: Saxophone Today Magazine - March/April 2014 Issue
A new article in the March/April 2014 issue of "Saxophone Today" magazine. In the article - "Learning From the Pros, Saxophone Tips From Christopher Greco" - I discuss pedagogy/technique, woodwind doubling, career objectives, players, and currents of the industry. Check it out!
Previously the "Saxophone Journal," Saxophone Today has been transformed into an online flip-book.
02-07-14Semi-Finalist International Song Contest 2013 - "Oliver"
My composition "Oliver" was a Semi-Finalist in the jazz category - International Song Contest 2013. For all categories, the ISC numbers: 19,000 entries, 100 Countries, Semi-Finalists total 8% of entries. "Oliver" is on the Trane Of Thought release.
12-15-13Trane Of Thought CD - CMJ Top 50 Jazz Albums 2013
Trane Of Thought CD made the CMJ Top 50 Jazz Albums of 2013. Solid!
11-10-13ASCAPlus Award 2013
For the twelfth consecutive year I received an ASCAPlus Award granted by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Awards are given to American composers "who are recognized for their contribution to American music" and whose work "has a unique prestige value."
Previously I've been awarded in the concert music category, and popular music category. This year I was awarded in the popular music category, jazz.
10-09-13Nominee - Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2013 - composition "Oliver"
Official Nomination for the 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards for my jazz composition "Oliver." The 2013 HMMA event will be held at the Fonda Theater November 21, 2013 Los Angeles, CA. See you there.
09-21-13Jazz Times Review - Trane Of Thought CD
Jazz Times magazine review of Trane Of Thought CD, September 21, 2013.
06-26-13Gapplegate Music Review: Trane Of Thought
Review of Trane Of Thought CD from Gapplegate Review, June 26, 2013.
04-03-13Featured Publication: "The Benefits of Variety" - CASS Magazine 2013
"The Benefits Of Variety" was published as a featured article in the Spring 2013 Volume 38 Number 1 publication issue of The Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain. I discuss routines for preparation of classical literature for both clarinet and saxophone.
04-02-13Trane of Thought CD / #3 on CMJ Top 40 Jazz Charts
The official release of my Trane of Thought CD kicked off on March 18, 2013. It has reached #3 on the CMJ Top 40 National Jazz Charts! Solid.
03-31-13Adjudicator / Emporia State University
I'll be adjudicating woodwind solo and ensembles for the Kansas State music competitions at Emporia State University, KS., Saturday April 27, 2013.
03-23-13Midwest Records Entertainment Review: Trane Of Thought
Review of Trane Of Thought CD from Midwest Records Entertainment, March 23, 2013.
"Tasty stuff for left leaning ears open to some new directions."
03-21-13Adjudicator / DVL Music Festival
I will be adjudicating woodwind instruments and chamber ensembles at the DVL Music Festival (KS), Thursday March 28, 2013.
02-07-13Semi-Finalist International Song Contest 2012 - "Messages"
My composition "Messages" was a semi-finalist in the jazz category for The International Song Contest 2012. "Messages" is on the Gwsfourwinds release - "Pleiadian Call / Music for Trio."
11-21-12Headline Interview - St. Joseph News Press - "Benedictine Professor Wins Best Jazz"
A link to a headline news interview published in the St. Joseph News Press November 21, 2012 in recognition of my recent Hollywood Music in Media Award 2012. Cheers!
11-19-12Benedictine College Article - "Dr. Greco Wins Hollywood Music Award"
A link to the article "Benedictine's Dr. Greco Wins Hollywood Music Award."
11-16-12Best Jazz - "Maia" HMMAwards 2012
My composition "Maia" received Best Jazz of the year.
Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2012.
Last night at the Fonda Theater, Hollywood, Ca.
It was fun!
10-08-12ASCAPlus Award 2012
For the eleventh consecutive year I received an ASCAPlus Award granted by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Awards are given to American composers "who are recognized for their contribution to American music" and whose work "has a unique prestige value."
Last year I was awarded in the concert music category, and this year I was awarded in the popular music category, jazz.
10-05-12Nominee - HMMAwards 2012
Official Nomination Hollywood Music and Media Awards 2012 for my jazz composition "Maia." The awards event takes place November 15, 2012 at the Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA. See you there.
07-29-12New Gallery Photos - Recitals & KJC
I uploaded some new photos of past performances - recitals and KJC concerts - to the gallery page. Check them out. I hope everyone's summer is going well!
04-04-12Adjudicator / KSHSAA Music Festival
I will be adjudicating woodwind solo, woodwind chamber, and orchestra April 28, 2012 for the state competition KSHSAA Music Festival (Emporia, KS).
02-29-12Semi-Finalist - International Song Contest 2011 - "The Open Door"
My composition "The Open Door" was a semi-finalist in the jazz category for the International Song Contest 2011. "The Open Door" is on the Gwsfourwinds release - Pleiadian Call / Music For Trio.
12-27-11"History of Jazz" Course / Summer 2012 Online
The History of Jazz undergraduate course I designed and implemented two years ago at Benedictine College will be offered at BC as an online course for the summer session 2012.
Check back later for a link -- all are welcome to register and take the informative and kaleidoscopic ride through multiple styles of jazz!
10-14-11Nominee - HMMAwards 2011
Official Nomination Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2011 for my jazz composition "Merope." Awards event takes place November 17, 2011 - Hollywood and Highland Center, Kodak Theater Complex, Hollywood, California.
09-17-11ASCAPlus Award 2011
I am the recipient of a 2011 ASCAPlus Award. These awards are granted by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and are awarded to American composers who are "recognized for their creative contributions to American music" and "whose work has a unique prestige value."
I've been awarded in previous years for contributions in both the concert music and jazz categories -- this year I was awarded for the concert music category.
08-16-11International Clarinet Conference 2011 / Return
The ClarinetFest 2011 was a wonderful event and it was a pleasure to attend a number of performances and meet with the performers. Some of the highlights for me include Michele Zukovsky, E. Gerard Errante, Eric Mandat, Derek Bermel, Sergio Bosi, Stephan Vermeersch, Hakan Rosengren, Chad Burrow, Mathias Muller & Friends, and Eddie Daniels.
06-23-11International Clarinet Association / Conference August 2011
I will be attending the International Clarinet Conference August 3-7 2011 at California State University, Northridge, CA. Julia Heinen and William Powell are the hosts, and their combined experience and choice of direction for the conference should prove to be a great experience.
I have not been back in the Los Angeles area for years, and I look forward to the trip and the opportunity to visit with colleagues and friends, and participate in the world of the clarinet and it's current state of artistry.
05-02-11BC Curriculum Committee
I was recently elected to serve as a member of the Curriculum Committee at Benedictine College for the next three year term. I look forward to assisting in the administrative process of the college regarding the college's curriculum. Onward.
04-30-11Private Woodwind Studio / Student News
Two of my young woodwind students (flute and clarinet) studying with me privately went to state competitions this year, 2011. I think it was especially good for them because it was their first time at a competition performance, and they proceeded to the state finals. Nice work!
03-26-11Adjudicator / KSHSAA Music Festival
I will be adjudicating woodwind solo and small ensembles April 9, 2011 for regional competition at the KSHSAA Music Festival (Olathe, KS).
03-03-11Adjudicator / DVL Music Festival
I will be adjudicating all woodwind entries at the DVL Music Festival (KS) tomorrow 3/4/2011.
12-15-10Curriculum Writer / World Music - History of Rock and Roll
I recently completed the designing/writing of two new online courses (World Music / History of Rock and Roll) for Grantham University (Kansas City, MO). It was interesting to revisit, read again, and research these areas while setting up the courses.
Also, it was a pleasure to fulfill two curriculum projects that were appreciated by the management, and completed on a relatively short deadline. Quite a few busy evenings during the Fall semester!
11-03-10UCLA: The World University Rankings
Earning my doctorate from UCLA makes me very pleased to be a part of that highly respected institution of higher learning. The 2010 World University Rankings placed UCLA at #11 right behind Yale University, and ahead of other top notch institutions such as University of Chicago, John Hopkins University, Cornell University, University of Michigan, Columbia University, and University of Pennsylvania. Great news for us alumni!
09-18-10ASCAPlus Award 2010
I am the recipient of a 2010 ASCAPlus Award for the ninth consecutive year. These awards are granted by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and are awarded to American composers "who are recognized for their creative contributions to American music."
I have been awarded in previous years for contributions in both the concert music and jazz categories -- this year I was awarded for the concert music category.
09-10-10Upcoming 9/29 KJC Concert
I look forward to working with a former colleague on the upcoming Kansas Jazz Collective performance at BC on September 29; vibraphonist Eldad Tarmu. I first met Eldad in Los Angeles years ago, and it will be great to have him with us for the performance.
03-29-10New "History of Jazz" Course at BC
My proposal for a new course at Benedictine College History of Jazz has been approved. I will be teaching the course this Summer 2010.
All who are interested in studying History of Jazz are welcome to enroll. Access the link for further information by contacting the registrars office (913-360-7550).
03-02-10Adjudicator / DVL Music Festival
I will be adjudicating woodwind, brass, and chamber ensembles at the DVL Music Festival (KS) tomorrow 3/4/10.
01-23-10Paper Presentation / CMS Great Plains Chapter Conference 2010
I look forward to presenting at the 2010 College Music Society Great Plains Chapter Conference March 27-28, 2010.
The conference will be held at Emporia State University (KS) and I will present in the music theory discipline; "Ligeti's Chamber Concerto for 13 Instrumentalists" as a characteristic work of 20th century textural music, and how it can successfully be used in the undergraduate music theory core curriculum when exploring 20th Century music.
11-15-09Interview with BC "The Circuit"
The Benedictine College newspaper "The Circuit" recently published an interview with me in the October 30th edition. The interview acknowledged my recent ASCAPlus award, activity as a faculty member, composer and performer, the November recital with Pezzone, and my plans for the future. Thanks to BC's "the Circuit" for keeping in touch and supporting my efforts.
09-24-09ASCAPlus Award 2009
I am the recipient of a 2009 ASCAPlus Award for the eighth consecutive year.
These awards are granted by The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and are given to composers "whose work have a unique prestige value."
08-29-09AAJ Jazz Recognition / July 2009
The world's leading jazz site, allaboutjazz.com, gave recognition to my work in jazz by celebrating my July birthday with a"Jazz Musician of the Day" accolade. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least, and I appreciate the support very much.
My thanks go to Michael and the crew at AAJ, and all of those folks who have taken an interest in following and supporting my work in jazz music. There will be more jazz projects to come, most definitely; I'm not finished yet! Check my jazz site periodically.
When you stop by to visit, please sign the guestbook and leave a message. It would be good to hear from you.
To sign the guestbook, go to the contact page, fill out the required fields, and click submit.Your message will show up on the guestbook. Thank you!
04-03-09Adjudicator / CMS Conference Composition Award
I attended the Great Plains CMS Regional Conference April 3-5, 2009 at University of Missouri Kansas City, and adjudicated for the CMS student composition award. Three compositions from masters degree and doctoral degree students were performed in an evening recital, which included a work by composer Stephen Hartke who was a guest speaker at the conference.
02-27-09Adjudicator / DVL Music Festival
I will be adjudicating all woodwind entries at the DVL Music Festival (KS) next week, 3/4/09.
02-25-09Doctoral Paper / Publication Complete
VDM has completed the monograph book of my doctoral paper - A Study: An Analysis and Interpretation of a Late Twentieth Century Work for Saxophone and Piano: Steven Stucky's "Notturno". The paper is now commercially available through VDM Publishing.
10-10-08Doctoral Paper Published by VDM
VDM (Germany) will be publishing my doctoral paper - A Study: An Interpretation and Analysis of a Late Twentieth Century Work for Saxophone and Piano: Steven Stucky's "Notturno." VDM publishes academic research worldwide, and are one of the leading publishing houses of academic research. They seek out research papers and "identify those which - due to their quality and practical relevance - are suitable for publication."
09-26-08ASCAPlus Award 2008
I am the recipient of a 2008 ASCAPlus Award for the seventh consecutive year. These awards are granted by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and are given to composers "whose works have a unique prestige value."
I accepted a full-time teaching position at Benedictine College (KS). Relocating this summer '08 has been both a busy and enriching experience.
My load will include teaching music theory, composition, orchestration, chamber music, and the woodwinds applied studio (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone.). I will serve as the coordinator of the music theory program, and contribute to developing the B.A. composition degree. I look forward to all of it.
The background music on this site is recordings of live recital performances in Los Angeles. The pianist accompanying is Bryan Pezzone, and the works are by Samuel Adler, Charles Koechlin, and Steven Stucky.