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Greg Abate

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Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.

In the mid '70s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for two years.

In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87.

Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S

Album

Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sunshower; Cook’s Bay; Golden Lotus; Innocence; Water Lilly; Sonya Braga; Bud Like; Lemuria; Concentric Circles; Rain; Voyage; Magic Dance; Song For Abdullah; And Then Again.

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Article: Radio

Pushing the 'Jazz Envelope' a little further

Read "Pushing the 'Jazz Envelope' a little further" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This show includes a selection of new releases which, whilst being part of the jazz family, bring in other musical elements. Ayumi Ishito brings distortion, unexpected percussive rhythms, and competing melodies into play for her debut album. Daniel Herskedal offers ambient reflections in a Scandanavian context. Andrew Van Tassel draws inspiration from a broad palette of ...

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Article: Album Review

Greg Abate: Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron

Read "Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum


Magic Dance is an offering by multi instrumentalist Greg Abate, who is a proud keeper of the bebop flame. In the 75 plus years that bebop has been around, there have probably been hundreds of thousands of quartet records with sax, piano, bass and drums, a few of which have been contributed by Abate. But this ...

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Article: Profile

Greg Abate: “Be-Bop-Er” Takes His Music To The World

Read "Greg Abate: “Be-Bop-Er” Takes His Music To The World" reviewed by Rob Mariani


This article was published posthumously and on behalf of All About Jazz's long-time friend and contributor, Rob Mariani. “Bebop is one of the more complicated forms of jazz music," says Greg Abate, one of New England's most well-known alto sax players. He's been keeping this “art form" alive and thriving for years.

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Article: Radio

Deodato, Ben Webster & Martin Wind

Read "Deodato, Ben Webster & Martin Wind" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Veteran bassist Martin Wind ushers in our 699th Episode of Neon Jazz. We also check in on a variety of musicians with 2021 releases including Marbin, Greg Abate, William Chernoff, Lage Lund, Matt DeMerritt and Tom Guarna. The show also looks back at some classic jazz that influenced modern music from cats like Slide Hampton, Kenny ...

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News: Recording

Wedding Bliss: Greg Abate’s Musical Gifts Combined With Kenny Barron’s Gorgeous Compositions Is A Match Made In Bebop Heaven

Wedding Bliss: Greg Abate’s Musical Gifts Combined With Kenny Barron’s Gorgeous Compositions Is A Match Made In Bebop Heaven

There’s a beautiful marriage happening with Greg Abate’s Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron. It’s the union between Abate’s multi-instrumental gift of bebop and Kenny Barron’s varied and sublime compositions. Abate and Barron, who, in addition to lending Abate his material, handles keys on this recording session, are soul mates occupying the same lovely musical ...

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Article: Radio

Greg Abate, Charlie Persip & Steve Grossman

Read "Greg Abate, Charlie Persip & Steve Grossman" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we open with the Greg Abate Quintet and then go on marking the Charlie Parker centennial. Champian Fulton has a new album honoring Bird, Birdsong and we hear her take on “Yardbird Suite." There are profiles of Kenny Washington, Daniel Hersog and Hal Galper. We also pay respects to musicians that left us in ...

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News: Interview

Free Zoom Session: A Journey Through The Jazz Brain Of Greg Abate—Saturday August 22, from 9-10 PM EDT

Free Zoom Session: A Journey Through The Jazz Brain Of Greg Abate—Saturday August 22, from 9-10 PM EDT

Join us live on Zoom for a special hour-long free event, featuring live conversation and music with the brilliant American jazz saxophonist, Greg Abate. The event will be hosted by international jazz educator, Alex Steele. Together, they will bring lots of great conversation, reflections on jazz, wonderful music, and lots of opportunities for questions and answers, ...

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Article: Profile

Greg Abate: Man on a Journey

Read "Greg Abate: Man on a Journey" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum


After a warm up tune by the trio of Frank Puzzullo on piano, Sam Edwards on bass and Edwin Hamilton on drums, a medium sized fellow with slicked back hair and very casual attire walks on stage. He seems almost reticent as he acknowledges his audience at Fox's Music House in North Charleston, South Carolina—most of ...


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