Greg Abate

Greg Abate

 

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Greg Abate (born May 31, 1947 in Fall River, Massachusetts)[1] is a jazz saxophonist, flautist, composer, and arranger. He grew up in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. In the fifth grade he began to play clarinet.

After high school, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston,[2] and, after spending some years gigging in California, returned to Berklee in 1972 to finish his education. Later, a second trip to Los Angeles landed him an audition – and the lead alto chair – in the Ray Charles Band from 1973 through 1974.[1][3][4]

Soon afterwards, Abate formed a sextet called Channel One.[5] The group's only album, Without Boundaries, was released in 1980. Living in northern Rhode Island, Abate settled in the horn section with Tony Giorgianni's Sax Odyssey and Duke Bellair's Jazz Orchestra. In 1986 Abate was hired by Dick Johnson to be the tenor in the Artie Shaw Band.[1][2] Abate has also appeared with Jerome Richardson and Red Rodney.[6]

Candid Records, impressed by his playing, agreed to put out a live recording, Bop City – Live at Birdland in July 1991. More albums followed, including Straight Ahead, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Bop Lives with Kenny Barron Trio and Happy Samba.

Abate currently[when?] resides in Coventry, Rhode Island with his sons. He teaches students at Rhode Island College,[2] and plays with his quartet locally and around the world.

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Horace Is Here : A Tribute to Horace Silver
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Horace Is Here : A Tribute to Horace Silver is an album by musical artist Greg Abate, released on September 6, 2011.
Bop City - Live At Birdland
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Bop City - Live At Birdland is an album by musical artist Greg Abate, released on January 1, 1991.
Birds of a Feather
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Birds of a Feather is an album by musical artist Greg Abate, released on November 17, 2008.
Monsters In The Night
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Monsters In The Night is an album by musical artist Greg Abate, released on July 18, 2006.

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