Maggie Green is one of the most promising new musicians in the region an accomplished singer and great live performer.
- Ray Hanley, Greater Columbus Arts Council President
Embracing both the music of Brazil and the great American songbook, word is spreading quickly about vocalist Maggie Green. Some of her performance highlights include performances in Brazil, including a television appearance in the hometown of beloved singer Elis Regina.
Although born in a small town in Ohio, Maggie spent her formative years in Michigans Upper Peninsula. Her first love was classical piano, winning a coveted spot as piano soloist in the Pine Mountain Music Festival at age 15. She studied classical piano and voice at Michigan State University before deciding to focus on jazz vocals.
Maggies passion for jazz led her to Bostons prestigious Berklee College of Music. During this time in Boston she filled her time listening to recordings of jazz greats and developed a style all her own. It was also during this time that Maggie began absorbing the music of Brazil, especially the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso and others. Bossa nova and MPB (musica popular brasileira) have become an integral aspect of Maggies work.
Maggie is currently based out of Columbus, Ohio and leads her own jazz ensembles and formed the bossa nova-samba group Canto Poetico. Maggie has performed in festivals and clubs throughout the country and has featured with her group the principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Luis Biava. While in Porto Alegre, Brazil Maggie worked with guitarist Julio Herrlein and she will be returning to Brazil to perform with Brazilian pianist Marcos Ariel in July 2005. She had a feature article written on her in the statewide gaucho newspaper Zero Hora and has performed live on Brazilian television.
Maggies first self-produced CD entitled First Song features American jazz and bossa nova standards and features Maggie with several artists, including violinist Chris Howes, guitarist Stan Smith, bassists Roger Hines and Chris Berg, and drummer Joe Ong to name a few.
Maggie is currently the jazz vocal instructor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Concert Series Performances
Easton Smooth Sounds on the Town Summer Jazz Series
Upper Arlington Summer Jazz Series
Music in the Air Topiary Garden Series
Short North Gazebo Concert Series
Wright State University Java -n- Jazz Series