In a lovely impromptu moment, 14-year-old Fisher Thompson recently got the musical opportunity he could have only wished for: performing with national recording artist Jackie Greene.
At the July 21 performance of the Jackie Greene Band at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, CT, Fisher made a written request for an older, seldom-played song of Jackie’s Greene’s. “I transcribed the chords for him just in case Jackie forgot this song, especially since he doesn’t play it often,” Thompson said. After the set break, Jackie Greene came back to the stage with only his acoustic guitar and said he was going to attempt this nine-minute song. Thompson reminded him that this particular song has a background cello, and added that he would play it on piano if he wanted; Jackie agreed. The crowd went wild; the performance was well-received. Fisher now knows another reason to be #grateful.
Jackie Greene (JackieGreene.com) is singer/songwriter with lyrical prowess and stellar guitar skills which earned him past spots in bands such as Trigger Hippy, the Black Crowes and Phil and Friends. The musician has a history of being a supporter of music for young people, doing annual fund-raisers for Blue Bear School of Music in his hometown of Sacramento, CA. Jackie Greene a captivating performer, has seven albums and tours nationally, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Fisher Thompson is from Tolland, CT, and is entering high school as a freshman. He is multi-instrumental; he plays the piano, the saxophone, guitar and bass. Fisher performs at area open mics playing, among other things, the music of Jackie Greene. His saxophone playing earned him a spot recently in the Eastern Regional Jazz band, and an upcoming spot in the Tolland High School Jazz Band.