Getting to know sax player Harry Greene

Jazz/blues musician Harry Greene will perform in The Apex Lounge, Bury, on May 25
Jazz/blues musician Harry Greene will perform in The Apex Lounge, Bury, on May 25
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Musician Harry Greene will perform next month as part of the Bury St Edmunds Festival and here we find out more about the talented saxophonist and guitarist as he answers a series of questions.

Q. What or who inspired you to do what you do?

I first started visiting my local jazz club when I was about eight years old, so my first experience of live jazz came very early on. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to perform and work with some amazing people, all of which has inspired me to pursue a career as a musician.

Q. Do you have any links to Bury St Edmunds or Suffolk?

I’ve lived in Suffolk for most of my life, and went to King Edward VI School, so I feel that I have strong links to the county. Lots of enjoyable gigs have been in Bury too, for example my residency at the LP and gigs with Chris Ingham and co at the Hunter Club!

Q. What has been your most memorable concert and why does that one stick in your mind?

I performed in the house band for a prom at the Albert Hall a couple of years ago to a sell-out audience...the sheer number of people there made it very memorable!

Q. How do you relax?

Have been enjoying long bike rides in the Suffolk countryside.

Q. What is your favourite food and drink?

I think that changes every day, but lamb roast dinner has to be a firm favourite. Definitely tea.

Q. Do you have a favourite pet?

We’ve had guinea pigs since I was very young, at one point we had 10!

Q. What are your future plans?

I’ve accepted a place at the Royal Academy of Music on the jazz course, so that will be my life for the next four years, can’t wait to get started. After that, hopefully going into full time professional musician/arranger and being involved with a wide range of artists and genres.

Q. If you could perform at any venue in the world what would it be?

Wembley...has to be done.

Q. Is there anyone you dream of performing with?

I would love to perform with Stevie Wonder, for me he’s a real song writing genius. However I think he already has a sax player...maybe one day.

Q. What instruments do you play?

I started playing saxophone and guitar when I was about eight years old. I remember listening to Pink Floyd tunes like ‘Money’ and thinking how much I loved the guitar and saxophone solos, so I guess I thought I’d give it a go learning both!

Q. What’s the one gadget you can’t live without?

My phone...and guitar pedals.

* Eighteen-year-old saxophonist Harry Greene already has an enviable local reputation and, as a BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2014 semi-finalist, a burgeoning national one too.

He runs his own jazz/groove trio, is MD to a 10 piece soul band and works with a wide range of professional musicians.

For this concert in The Apex Lounge on May 25, he will be in the company of Chris Ingham on piano and Rev Andrew Brown on bass.

Audience members can expect to see Harry displaying his swinging, mature style on a series of well-loved standards and jazz classics.

Tickets can be booked online at www.buryfestival.co.uk, by calling the festival box office on 01284 758000 or in person at The Apex, in Charter Square, Bury.