Milt Green


A highly-respected musician who styled himself after Charlie Christian, Green grew up in Minneapolis in the same neighborhood as pianist Julian Henson and knew Leon Vaughn there, too, before coming to Seattle in the late ’30s. Guitarist Al Turay remembered jamming in those years with Green and bassist Junior Raglin, who had a duo gig. In 1940, Green played in Palmer Johnson’s band at the 908 club and at the first formal jazz concert in Seattle, produced by Norm Bobrow at the Metropolitan Theatre. In 1944, Green played in Vaughn’s band at Basin Street and the following year formed a Nat Cole-style trio with Henson and bassist Bob Marshall at the 908. Green remained at the 908 for several years after Henson left for Portland, worked R&B dates with saxophonist Floyd Franklin and played with Elmer Gill. Green eventually opened a pool hall, Milt’s Recreations, at 14th Avenue South and South Jefferson Street.

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