b. Anthony Greene, March 1957, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Greene’s earliest involvement in music came at the renowned Alpha Boys School in Jamaica, whose alumni included the Skatalites’ horn section (featuring Don Drummond, Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso). Greene initially played the clarinet, although on joining the Jamaican Military Band he switched to playing the saxophone. His playing skills led to a scholarship in the UK at the Royal Academy Of Music from 1975-77. During the late 70s Greene returned to Jamaica, where he played on sessions for the Roots Radics and joined Sonny Bradshaw’s Band, followed by a spell with Lloyd Parks’ We The People Band. In this respect, his career duplicated that of the distinguished saxophonist Dean Fraser, who had also performed with both bands. However, by the mid-80s their careers diverged as Fraser continued to perform over the emerging digital reggae beat, while Greene accompanied visiting R&B acts. He performed alongside Gladys Knight, Lou Rawls and Aretha Franklin on the island, which led to Greene being employed as a saxophonist on the international circuit. In the 90s Greene returned to his roots with the release of Sax Man. Although instrumental albums rarely enjoy the commercial success of their vocal counterparts, Greene’s work led to further solo recording sessions. His releases proved especially popular in North America, although reggae purists considered his work too jazzy. Greene’s follow-up featured vocal contributions from Tanya Stephens, and samples from Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Capleton. In addition to releasing his own work Greene established the Sax Man label with the aim of promoting local talent.
- Kingston, Jamaica
- Mar 1957