Bunky Green

Vernice “Bunky” Green (born Apr. 23rd, 1935) is a product of Wisconsin, where he was raised and learned to play the alto saxophone. His first big break came when Charles Mingus briefly hired him in the ’60san association that left a lasting influence on Green’s own style. Green left Mingus to relocate in Chicago where he performed regularly, appearing with such players as Sonny Stitt, Yusef Lateef and Louie Bellson among others. His style was ever-evolving and succeeded in integrating traditional and contemporary improvising techniques. Green has a list of wide-ranging musical heroes that he credits for his development: Bach, Beethoven, Coltrane, Chopin and Louis Armstrong. But Green says, “Bird was my original hero. He used to tell me to keep my ears open and keep moving forward.”

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DownBeat’s Critics Poll Winners have been released and there is much to celebrate. We are very pleased to congratulate Rudresh Mahanthappa for being voted top Alto Saxophonist. Apex is in the top 5 Jazz Albums of the Year at #4. Other categories where Pi Recordings’ artists were recognized by the critics:

  • Jazz Artist - Vijay Iyer, Henry Threadgill & Rudresh Mahanthappa
  • Piano - Vijay Iyer
  • Rising Star Jazz Artist - Rudresh Mahanthappa & Vijay Iyer
  • Composer - Henry Threadgill & Vijay Iyer
  • Rising Star Piano - Vijay Iyer
  • Alto Saxophone - Henry Threadgill , Bunky Green & Steve Coleman
  • Jazz Group - Henry Threadgill Zooid
  • Flute - Henry Threadgill
  • Guitar - Marc Ribot
  • Rising Star Guitar - Liberty Ellman
  • Rising Star Composer - Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman & Rudresh Mahanthappa
  • Record Label - Pi Recordings

posted on July 19, 2011 by Seth


We are pleased to announce that we have added 4 items to our store for the holiday season:

posted on December 9, 2010 by Seth


Check out the recent Bunky Green interview with Patrick Jarenwattananon @ NPR: Part I & Part II

posted on October 19, 2010 by Intern


Shaun Brady of JazzTimes writes a review on Apex. Read the review HERE

posted on October 19, 2010 by Intern

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