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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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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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Article: Talking 2 Musicians

Jazz Musicians Up Against A Virus

Read "Jazz Musicians Up Against A Virus" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum


In the last year or so Good Times became the first jazz club in years to operate in Savannah, Forte Jazz Lounge sprouted up in Charleston and Middle C arrived in Charlotte. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra became a hub renamed to Charleston Jazz, providing both big band and small group concerts with unprecedented success. And, of ...

Album

Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2019
Track listing: Gratitude; Bop Lives; Hazy Moon; In the Stratosphere; Farewell Phil Woods; Serenade to a Cuckoo; Jitterbug Waltz; Gemini; Dracula; For the Love of Life; Inner Urge.

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Article: Radio

Greg Abate, Al Foster and more

Read "Greg Abate, Al Foster and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start with the talented LA-based piano and composer Kait Dunton spinning her title track off Planet D'Earth. From there, we get into her influence, Diana Krall, some new Al Foster and a live cut from Greg Abate. We move on focusing on Jaelem Bhate and Georgia Webe. And in between it all, some ...

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Article: Album Review

Greg Abate & The Tim Ray Trio: Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z

Read "Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum


If you are going to be a bebop purist, you have to resist the temptation to dress your music up to appeal to the masses. Greg Abate is one of those brave souls who worship at the altar of Charlie Parker, and depends on pure inspiration to capture his audience's attention. Gratitude: Stage Door ...


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