Jimmy Greene may be an internationally renowned jazz saxophonist who’s played with some greats including Harry Connick Jr., but nothing compares to being a dad to Ana Grace Márquez-Greene.
Ana Grace Márquez-Greene was just 6 when she was killed, along with 19 of her classmates, in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Greene tells The Associated Press that after she died, he found a homemade book she created she called “Ana’s flower book for Dad” which was filled with flowers she drew in all shapes and sizes.
“It’s a brutal reminder of what I lost,” Greene told AP. “There’s very few people I think in life who love you unconditionally. She was one of them. We lost her.”
Now he wants the world to know her, through the music he is producing in a new album called “Beautiful Life.” He says his daughter inspired it and the music is dedicated to her.
“She had qualities in her that were very well beyond her years,” Greene told AP. “She would sort of sense when somebody needed a word of encouragement or a hug or a little piece of kindness. She would do it without being prompted or without someone asking for it.”
He expects to release the new album at the end of the year.
Proceeds from the album will go toward the Ana Grace Project, which helps kids and families by preventing violence, and The Artists Collective, which exposes children to the arts.
Greene said the killing of his daughter has had a profound impact on his life.
“I know I’m forever changed as a person,” Greene said. “I don’t remember what normal feels like. I don’t even know if there is a normal anymore.”