The coordinator of jazz studies at Western Connecticut State University has been presented with the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards. Jimmy Greene and two others were recognized by Governor Malloy this weekend during the International Festival for Arts and Ideas.
Western Music Department Chairman Jamie Begian says Jimmy is an outstanding role model for the students. Greene is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist, composer and band leader.
Begian says despite tremendous difficulties he has had to endure, Greene has proven to be an invaluable member of the department since becoming a faculty member last year. His daughter Ana Grace was one of 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School six months ago.
Greene said reviewing the list of past recipients is quite humbling. He added that he is blessed to have learned at the feet of such giants of the arts in Connecticut and to have lived most of his life here.
Greene says there is a vibrant, inspirational community of musicians and artists in Connecticut, and he is proud to be a small part of it.