The jazz community is a tight-nit community, who band together when one of their own is in trouble. That’s why news of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticutwas compounded 10-fold with the death of the daughter of a jazz musician. Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, daughter of saxophonist Jimmy Greene was murdered along with 19 of her classmates and 6 others on Friday.
Greene had recently returned to his home state of Connecticutwith his family after teaching music at the University of Manitoba in Canada. According to his website, “He took a position at Hartt School and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and performed in the music ministry of his home church, Glory Chapel International Cathedral.”
Tributes on Twitter flowed constantly to the victims and, in particular, her family.
Pianist Christian Sands tweeted
, “My prayers and heart go out to my brother, Mr. Jimmy Greene. Your loss cannot be compared. I’m praying for you and your family”.
Trumpeter Tom Harrell tweeted
, “Please send love and support to my friend, Jimmy Greene, and his family. I cried when I learned about his daughter Ana Grace.”
And bassist Marcus Miller tweeted
, “My deepest condolences to the family of saxophonist Jimmy Greene whose beautiful little girl, Ana Grace, was lost…”
In light of the tragic events, the family has set up a memorial site on CaringBridge.com. Greene released a statement to his fans and the media regarding the tragic events.
“Thank you for all of your prayers and kind words of support. As we work through this nightmare, we’re reminded how much we’re loved and supported on this earth and by our Father in heaven. As much as she’s needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise. I love you sweetie girl.”
In 2009, Greene released his CD, “Mission Statement”. One of the tracks was written in honor of his daughter, “Ana Grace”.
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