Born: April 10, 1959 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
William Gati Bom April 1O, 1959, in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil Initially trained as a classical pianist (he studied at Juilliard from the age of 8), William Gati has been drawn to Jazz while studying with the great John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet). After graduating from City College (1981), he has played in various church venues and has been influenced by gospel music. He has also been involved in directing and performing in musicals and has been influences by the Broadway Show style. His greatest strength, however, is in improvising and performing jazz standards and original compositions.
He has been influenced by Sir Roland Hanna (a good friend and Professor at Queens College), John Lewis (another friend), Herbie Hancock, Dr. Billy Taylor and Duke Ellington. He has performed with various local Jazz artist such as John Dooley (bass),Hank Holzer (drums), Premik Tubbs (wind), and John Smith (drums). He has played in Lincoln Center, Queens College, Forest Park Band Shell, local halls and various other venues.
He has three CD's independently produced called Piece of Pie, Box 0' Chocolates, and Intricate. All three recordings are collections of original jazz compositions written, performed and recorded by Mr. Gati. He explores various musical concepts in a truly jazz style.
William Gati is also a talented saxophonist, vocalist, writer, architect (he is registered) and painter. He believes that we must all let the music out from within us. His work has been featured in many books and articles for example Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in the World, Newsday, Creations in Space, and Personality Types.
His jazz style is soulful, smooth and technical all in various proportions. He loves to play straight-ahead jazz but particularly enjoys playing original compositions. His performances are lively and interesting because they are spontaneous and inspired by the moment. He will play the piano, play the saxophone and sing (but not all at the same time) as well as tell stories and inspiring anecdotes. He can put on a very entertaining, creative and memorable performance.
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Kew Gardens, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.