Clinton House Museum has many reasons to celebrate jazz in April! Bill Clinton is widely known as a jazz lover and musician himself, so quite naturally we think we should honor that legacy during Jazz Appreciation Month. This year we're especially thrilled to have Jim Greeson, award-winning composer and musician, perform on solo acoustic guitar at the Museum.
Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society members can get tickets for $20. All others are $25.00. Buy tickets online HERE or pay at the door!
Greeson was a professor of music at the UA for 36 years where he taught music composition, music theory, guitar and directed the jazz ensemble. As a composer Greeson’s compositions have been heard in New York’s Carnegie Hall and published by publishers in New York, Colorado, and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Greeson has been composing music for documentary films for twenty years in collaboration with well-known Arkansas filmmakers Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter. Two of his original soundtracks have won Mid-America Emmy awards, “The Buffalo Flows” and “Up Among the Hills,” which have aired nationally on PBS. As a jazz musician Greeson performed as a guitarist or bassist with many important jazz musicians, including Nnenna Freelon, Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, Mose Allison, Mulgrew Miller, and Bob Dorrough. In 2012 Greeson was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame.
In 2012 Greeson decided to move beyond just composing music for documentaries and has since produced two documentary films dealing with significant Arkansas-born composers. His first film, “Conlon Nancarrow: Virtuosos of the Player Piano” was premiered in London at the prestigious Southbank Centre and later was shown at the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. It has been seen across the US, Mexico, and Europe. His second documentary tells the story of Little Rock native Florence Price, who was the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra. Greeson’s film on her has been broadcast on over 186 PBS stations across the United States. Both films were nominated for regional Emmy awards and are distributed by the University of Arkansas Press.
As if Greeson's musical accolades weren't enough, he and his wife were also owners of the Clinton House for more than 20 years. We are so pleased to "welcome home" Jim for this performance.