Greg Abate

Greg Abate is a jazz saxophonist and flutist who continues to tour the world 150 days per year as an International Jazz/Recording Artist. After completing a four-year program at Berklee College Of Music in the late 70’s, Greg was the lead alto for Ray Charles Orchestra for two years. Greg founded Channel One in 1978. It was a popular group in New England. From there, he had the opportunity to play tenor with the Artie Shaw Orchestra from 1986 to 1987. After this experience Greg began his career as a post-hard bop soloist, playing Jazz Festivals and Jazz Societies throughout the U.S. and abroad. This included most of Europe, Russia, Moscow, and Georgia Russia. Greg recorded his first CD, Live At Birdland NYC, in 1991 with Rufus Reid, Kenny Washington and James Williams on the Candid Jazz Label. Greg has released over 12 recordings to this day and was nominated in four categories for the Grammy for EVOLUTION (2004). The trio included Harvie S, James Williams and Billy Hart. Greg is an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies and a jazz clinician. He has co-sponsorship from the Conn -Selmer Instrument Co. and conducts workshops and master classes throughout the U.S. and internationally. Greg Abate’s music: Abate doesn’t rely solely on standard chord progressions and stock bebop riffs. His work is characterized by the sharpness of his phrases and the startling pauses that he uses in his fast-moving lines gives it a sense of constant invention and creativity.”

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