Jeff Green's love of music was influenced by the many Country and Southern Rock Bands to which he was exposed to whilst growing up in Northern California in the 70's. His musical training began at the tender age of seven with the clarinet, encouraged by his grandfather who was a huge Benny Goodman fan. Piano lessons followed but didn't last too long as the "otherworldly" tones of Progressive Rock ushered in his adolescence and led Jeff to his first guitar... a ‘Woolworth's Top 10'. Jeff progressed through Les Paul and Stratocaster copies as he entertained in various local bands until he was the proud owner of a genuine 1982 USA Series Fender Stratocaster. Armed with a music theory degree from Sacramento City College, Jeff then began what was to become a long and successful career in teaching talented guitarists.
The quieter pursuit of song writing
occupied much of Jeff's time as well, culminating in several recording sessions
with his band Critical Decision, at Moon Studios in Sacramento.
In 1986 headed across the pond to England and came under the expert tutorage of guitarist/performer and author Phil Hilborne. Just a year later Jeff
became lead guitarist and backing vocalist with North Point Park. The band supported many high profile bands such as Echo and the Bunnymen and Hazel O'Connor. After touring and recording in the early 90's Jeff had the privilege of working with recording producer John Etchels; the engineer of David Gilmore' solo album. The highlight of North Point Park was supporting Gary Numan at the Hammersmith Odeon.
Jeff then formed the successful classic rock covers band ‘No Idea' also performing his original material.
The Illegal Eagles were fortunate to have Jeff join them in Jan 1977. Originally playing lead guitar and backing vocals, Jeff then introduced his guitar synthesizer into the mix, enabling him to perform parts outside the original five piece band. Audiences were treated to banjo, mandolin, organ, trumpet and strings, whilst Jeff also became the Californian front man and lead vocalist of the Illegal Eagles.
Since leaving the band in December 2008, I have spent the last year and a half devoting time to my family as well as promoting the Jessica CD, developing The Terrapin Station Studio and Guitar School as well as composing the follow up album to "Jessica" entitled "Elder Creek"
In the August 2008 edition of Guitar Techniques magazine, "Jessica" was awarded "Album of the Month" In September of 2008 I received a congratulatory email from Rick Wakeman regarding the honor.
In the Sept/Oct edition of "Fireworks" Magazine, "Jessica" received a glowing review and was "Highly Recommended"
"Jessica" received a similar review in the October 2008 edition of the John Lewis Liverpool Chronicle in which my guitar playing was praised.
In the April/May edition of "Classic Rock Society" magazine, not only did "Jessica" receive a very positive review, the CD was also cited to have influenced the Editor -in- Chief, Martin Hudoson's career decisions in the editorial section of the magazine.
In the June/July edition of "Classic Society" I was featured on the cover with a full interview in which I was asked about my origins as a musician, teacher and composer.
"Jessica" has received extensive airplay from radio stations in Florida, California and Holland.
I am presently working on a soundtrack to a documentary on a PBS channel in the United States.