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Greg Abate

Greg Abate has received accolades for his performances at the JVC Festival in Manhattan and the Newport Jazz Festival in addition to the festivals at San Jose and Monterey. He has also performed at prestigous festivals in France, Spain and Canada.

It is also noteworthy that he has performed and given jazz clinics for the past two years at The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. He has become a steady fixture in the New York club scene. Greg has also received wide acclaim at clubs in all the major cities. Occasionally,he teams up with Claudio Roditi for some of these gigs.

Greg recently completed a tour in Russia, and was a featured soloist at the International Jazz Festival,in The Republic of Georgia, Jazz in Tbilisi. His mission to Moscow, and The Republic of Georgia showed that he is an "ambassador of good will."

Innovations in jazz has been at the forefront of his musical abilities as a saxophonist and composer.His interpretation of bop, straight ahead jazz, and Brazillian music has been one step ahead of his contemporaries. You sense this at his live concerts, but that talent also flows from his many CDs.

Greg toured for two ears with Ray Charles in the seventies, then left to join The Artie Shaw Band under the direction of one of his mentors, Dick Johnson.

Greg was asked to give a brief explanation of what some people call jazz and bop. He replied, "If someone is playing a lot of notes and it is not melodic, it sounds disjointed and is not real bop or jazz. I have been told that my music is logical and very melodic. You have to be yourself, but you must play melodically. There is no other way to play! I also love Brazilian music and always include some on my gigs."

One of Greg's passions is to instill a desire for young people to make a commitment to jazz. That is why he conducts jazz clincs throughout thecountry.


Greg's Gigs

June 23, 24, & 25 The Elkhart Jazz Festival, Elkhart, IN

June 30 Jazz Masters, Providence, RI

July 12 – July 26 Guest artist, European tour with the Menlo Atherton High School Band

August 2 Garden City Gazebo, Cranston, RI, 6:30-8:00pm

August 3 The Towers, Narragansett, RI with guest Dick Johnson, 8:00pm

August 12 Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME with Dick Johnson

August 19 The Lobster Pot, Bristol, RI with Diamond Centofanti, 9:00pm

August 25 The Odeum Theater, East Greenwich, RI, 8:00pm

September 2 Chan’s, Woonsocket, RI, 8:00pm&10:00pm September 16 Cav, Providence, RI, 9:30pm

September 23 Café 880 Jazz, Hartford, CT, 9:30pm with Nick Brignola

October 20, Texas Jazz Festival, Corpus Christi, Texas 21 & 22

November 4 Butler Hospital, Providence, RI with Dan Moretti, 8:00pm

November 11 Cav, Providence, RI, 9:30pm

December 9 Cav, Providence, RI, 9:30pm

December 10 The Sarasota Jazz Club Concert Series, Sarasota, FL

2001

January 27, 01 Cav, Providence, RI, 9:30pm


Arthur C.Bourassa

acbourassa@tp.net
1338 Manville Road
Woonsocket, RI 02895-6623
United States


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