William Green is an extraordinary musical artist that captures and expresses the sentiments of a generation. He is continuously expanding his horizons to make an impact on society by creating a union between music and life. Through his music, he has allowed different genres of contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, pop and gospel to integrate into a new and unique form. In celebration of 40 years in the music industry, this legendary jazz icon plans a special anniversary celebration at City Winery, as a thank you to his fans and newcomers.
A full-time musician, composer, songwriter and producer, Green is passionate about his piano, and he puts his heart and soul into his performances. He delivers funky, upbeat, soulful and contemporary jazz sounds, and exudes unforgettable stage appeal and showmanship. He possesses one of those rare, “instant classic” voices — forceful, yet gentle. Green's music is beautiful, lyrically refreshing, vocally and melodically unique, timeless, rich and jazzy. His previous three albums, possessed an exceptionally well-composed body of original songs, written and produced by Green. "I pride myself on creating timeless music that can be shared with the world for a lifetime. It's important to me to create timeless music because of recognizing the lack of musical integrity that now exists in the music industry," says Green. He has written and produced for numerous artists.
Green has showcased his charismatic charm and keyboard mastery with audiences around the world (Japan, Europe, Africa), while performing nationally with acclaimed artists such as Boney James, Tom Brown, Earl Klugh, Roy Ayers, Mindi Abair, Peabo Bryson, Cameo, Valerie Simpson, Kenny Lattimore, Melba Moore, Jennifer Holiday, Jean Carne, the sons of Otis Redding (military tour), BB King All-Star Band and Curtis Mayfield. He also had the privilege of appearing with, Susan Tedeschi, as the opening act for the Rolling Stones, opened for Spyro
Gyra and The Yellow Jackets. Green was selected as one of the performing artists at the 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival. In addition, he was co-host of the 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival Session. He has performed with his own band, The Magic Dream Band at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre and numerous venues in the Atlanta jazz circuit.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, the extraordinaire pianist/singer/songwriter grew up with music all around him, and Green's love affair with the piano was obvious at an early age. «As a child growing up, I listened to Gospel, Pop, Soul and Jazz music. My parents didn't play music, but they allowed me to play music»; says Green. «Some of my influences include Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Joe Sample, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones»;
«I'm passionate about the piano because it provides me a mental and emotional outlet to express my feelings regarding life. I'm passionate about music because of how it affects the people I perform to, as well as myself».
The son of a Baptist Minister and a mother who sang background for Mahalia Jackson, Green and his five siblings would re-create the entire church service around the family piano, where he would act as the music director. «I knew when I was 11 or 12-years- old that I wanted to be a professional musician. I started playing the piano when I was 7-years- old. My family had a piano. The piano was purchased for the enjoyment of the family. However, I was the only person in the family that gravitated to the piano. My mom and her sisters use to sing background for Mahalia Jackson. My mother was a significant influence in me learning how to play the piano," says Green. He also plays the electric bass and Hammond B3 Organ».
He added, «I played throughout high school and college. I learned by ear on my own. Then, I took piano lessons while in grammar school. Once I attended high school, I then learned music theory and composition. Once I entered college, I learned how to perform musically… William graduated from Chicago Vocational High, where he learned how to read, write and compose music». He later furthered his education at Morehouse College and Georgia State University majoring in Commercial Music.
Green's impressive artistry has afforded him the opportunity to write and produce three CDs: his debut CD, «Magic Dream» (2004), «Green Valley»; (2006), and «Music 4 Life» (2010). The sophomore CD, «Green Valley» featured multi-Grammy, award-winning Jazz artist Boney James on the track, «Lakeshore Drive».
Green will release his fourth CD, «Mind Rush» (Magic Dream Records) in July 2018. Fans can expect a combination of contemporary jazz, soul and gospel, mixed to provide music that is motivating for the mind, body and soul. Both motivational and inspiring songs are on the album. «My music is a combination of jazz and soul» he says.