Greg Abate

Born: May 31, 1947    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Greg Abate

Greg Abate, jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 150 days a year touring the globe.

In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 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 in 1986 and ’87.

Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe,UK, Moscow and Georgia Russia ....
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Discography and Reviews BOP CITY – LIVE AT BIRDLAND 1991 The Greg Abate Quartet ~ Greg Abate (alto, soprano & tenor saxophones, flute), James Williams (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), and Kenny Washington (drums) Candid / CCD 79513 GREG ABATE STRAIGHT AHEAD 1993 The Greg Abate Quintet ~ Greg Abate (alto & tenor saxophones), Claudio Roditi (trumpet, flugel horn), Hilton Ruiz (piano), George Mraz (bass), and Kenny Washington (drums) Candid / CCD 79530 DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE 1994 The Greg Abate Quintet ~ Greg Abate (soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, flute), Richie Cole (alto saxophone), Chris Neville (piano), Paul Del Nero (bass), and Artie Cabral (drums) Candid / CCD 79715 “High vibes imbue Abate’s three CDs on Candid.” –Fred Bouchard, Jazz Times MY BUDDY 1997 Greg Abate and Friends ~ Greg Abate (alto, tenor & soprano saxophones, flute), Donna Byrne (vocals), Paul Fontaine (trumpet), Mac Chrupcala (piano), Marshall Wood (bass), Al Bernstein (bass, tracks 12 & 13), and John Anter (drums) Seaside Recordings / SSMB 132 “Charlie Parker and Art Pepper are obvious influences, but Abate adds a certain tough vigor that’s all his own. His playing throughout the disc solidifies his spot as New England’s top alto man and one of the best anywhere. MY BUDDY is very good jazz and a great example of what talented people can do if they are just allowed to go into a studio and cut loose.” –John Basile, The Jazz Line IT’S CHRISTMASTIME 1997 Greg Abate and Friends ~ Greg Abate (alto, tenor & soprano saxophones, flute), Herb Pomeroy (trumpet, flugelhorn), Paul Broadnax (piano, vocals), Jack Pezanelli (guitar), Mark Pucci (bass), Peter Kontrimas (bass, track 7), and Matt Gordy (drums) Brownstone Recordings / BRCD 959 BROKEN DREAMS 2000 Greg Abate and Friends ~ Greg Abate (alto, tenor & soprano saxophones), Frank Tiberi (tenor saxophone), Mac Chrupcala (piano), Dave Zinno (bass), and John Anter (drums) Seaside Recordings / SSBD 144 “What is really amazing is how much Greg puts into every CD he has ever done. Just when you believe he has reached his highest level, he gives you something new to think about.” –Arthur C. Bourassa, Jazz Now “I’ve loved every Abate CD I’ve heard, and BROKEN DREAMS is no exception. Quality people – quality jazz. Enuff said.” –Butch Berman, Discorama BOP LIVES! 1998 The Greg Abate Quintet ~ Greg Abate (alto saxophone), Claudio Roditi (trumpet, flugelhorn), Kenny Barron (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), and Ben Riley (drums) Blue Chip Jazz / 4001 “Abate’s musical style can be seen as a distillation of swing’s easygoing vibe and bop’s more animated groove. He has developed a unique voice. Abate’s tone is well-behaved, not passive, but by no means aggressive. you can rest assured that the horn player brings his impeccable taste and accuracy to this recording.” –METRO San Jose, CA (Bop Lives!) HAPPY SAMBA 2000 The Greg Abate Quintet ~ Greg Abate (alto & soprano saxophones, flute), Mark Soskin (piano), Harvie Swartz (vertical bass), Ed Uribe (drums & percussion), and Wilson “Chembo” Corniel (congas) Blue Chip Jazz / 4004-2 EVOLUTION 2002 Greg Abate (alto, soprano, tenor & baritone saxophones, flute) James Williams (piano), Harvie S (bass), and Billy Hart (drums) 1201 Music / 60132 Horace Is Here 2004 Re Issue and Remixed 2011 RHOMBUS RECORDS (A Tribute to jazz great Horace Silver) Greg Abate ,saxophones Claudio Roditi ,Trumpet Hilton Ruiz , piano Marshall Wood , bass Art Cabral , drums MONSTERS IN THE NIGHT 2005 Greg Abate alto and tenor saxophones Paul Nagel Piano Bill Miele electric bass Art Montanaro trombone Vinnie Pagano drums World Records BIRDS OF A FEATHER 2007 GREG ABATE ALAN BARNES QUINTET Featuring John Donaldson piano Andy Cleyndert bass Spike Wells drums Produced by Alan Barnes Woodville Records England 2008 Wave Street Sessions Greg Abate Quartet Featuring Bill Cunliffe piano Ray Drummond bass Akira Tana drums Produced by Dr. Herb Wong Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods Mar 30.2012 Rhombus 7112 Jesse Green piano, Evan Gregor bass and Bill Goodwin drums . Audio Cassettes: SPIRIT 1988 The Greg Abate Group ~ featuring Claudio Roditi Stage Door Productions TWO SIDES OF GREG ABATE 1987 Stage Door Records / AVL 89131 The Greg Abate Quartet Buckley Records Greg Abate recorded with other artists: Bird Lives,NY with ~Red Rodney (Candid Productions Ltd.) 1993 Dan Moretti and Brazilia (Live at Chan’s) Brownstone Recordings 1996 Justin Holden (JUSTIN TIME, Bayside Records/101) 1997 Claudio Roditi (SAMBA MANHATTAN STYLE, Reservoir Music/RSR139) 1994 Ken Crowell (CHOPS BIG BAND JAZZ, Ohlone College Jazz Series) 1998 Copyright © 2007 Greg Abate • Powered by Wordpress • T

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Coventry, RI

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

GREG is accepting serious students in saxophone, flute , Jazz Improvisation and composition.

The hourly fee is $75.00. The studio is located in Coventry, RI.

Internationally known jazz saxophonist Greg Abate is available for clinics, improvisation workshops, and as a guest soloist at concerts and festivals. Mr. Abate is a Selmer clinician. An Abate clinic can be co-sponsored by the Selmer Co. by applying to them at least thirty (30) days prior to the clinic date. Mr. Abate has worked with students throughout the United States and in Europe, performing with them and their teachers.

Greg Abate is widely considered among jazz writers and aficionados to be one of the "best post bebop alto players out there today."

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