A Conversation with Jazz Musicians Mario Pavone and Jimmy Greene; Transgender Youth

Mario Pavone and Jimmy Greene are both veterans of Connecticut's jazz scene -- having grown up here, decades apart -- and both deciding to make the state their home.

But they're also two of the music's leading voices: Greene, a tenor saxophonist with a big sound that recalls Coltrane and Rollins, and Pavone, a bassist whose full sound recalls the late Charlie Haden -- another bassist who straddled the avant-garde and the accessible.

Both men are also composers and teachers - and they bring their talents to the Litchfield Jazz Festival next weekend. The annual festival has been a regular part of their lives, and they're each presenting something new for this year's audience.

This hour, an in-studio concert, with these two friends improvising for us and talking about their music.

Later, we hear the story of a mother who is coming to terms with the fact that her daughter is transgender.


  • Mario Pavone - Bassist and composer 
  • Jimmy Greene - Tenor saxophonist, composer, and educator
  • Marlo Mack - Producer of the podcast "How to Be a Girl"