Greg Abate

Born: May 31, 1947
Fall River, MA, USA

About Greg Abate - saxophonist / flutist / composer / arranger:

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

In the early 70s, Greg did a two year stint playing lead alto with the Ray Charles orchestra. For another two years in the mid 1980s, he held the jazz tenor chair in the revived Artie Shaw orchestra under the direction of Dick Johnson. Now, Greg is doing his thing. Bop. He performs throughout the United States, in Canada and Europe. His recordings receive playtime on radio all over the country.

An accomplished composer and arranger, Abate has a clear notion of where jazz ought to be. He is an educator, a Selmer clinician. He conducts clinics and workshops internationally, working with students from middle schools to colleges, performing with them and their teachers.

Having attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in 1971, Greg is listed among the school's prominent alumni. He has ten albums as a leader to his credit; all critically acclaimed.

Greg Abate loves the music. He plays very lyrical and swings hard, freewheeling and structured, sweet and throaty, bright and blue - with passion. Real jazz.

What they say about Greg Abate:

"Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity." -Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

"Multi-saxophonist Greg Abate is a prime example of the 'rear back and blow' school of contemporary bop-based players. The tunes he writes or chooses are based on the kinds of changes that harmony-oriented jazzmen have favored since the beginning and he swings through them with an eager and easy virtuosity." -David Franklin, Jazz Times

"Abate plays sterling bebop." -Jackie Stevens, Woody Herman alumnus

"Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today. He is mature with an abundance of gentle self-confidence. The result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring." -Jim Merod, New Jazz Recordings

Discography information:
1. Bop City - Live at Birdland / The Greg Abate Quartet / featuring James Williams, piano / Candid CCD 79513
2. Greg Abate Straight Ahead / The Greg Abate Quintet / featuring Claudio Roditi, trumpet and flugel horn / Candid CCD 79530
3. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / The Greg Abate Quintet / featuring Richie Cole, alto saxophone / Candid CCD 79715
4. My Buddy / Greg Abate and Friends / featuring Paul Fontaine, trumpet / Seaside Recordings SSMB 132
5. Greg Abate - It's Christmastime / Greg Abate and Friends / featuring Herb Pomeroy, trumpet / Brownstone Recordings BRCD 959
6. Broken Dreams / Greg Abate and Friends / featuring Frank Tiberi, tenor saxophone / Seaside Recordings SSBD 144
7. Bop Lives! / The Greg Abate Quintet / featuring Kenny Barron, piano / Blue Chip Jazz 4001
8. Happy Samba / The Greg Abate Quintet / featuring Mark Soskin, piano / Blue Chip Jazz 4004-2

Audio Cassettes:
1. Greg Abate - Spirit / The Greg Abate Group / featuring Claudio Roditi, trumpet / Stage Door Records AVL 89131
2. Two Sides of Greg Abate / The Greg Abate Quartet / Buckley Records

This information was submitted by Peter DeVeber. You can check out Abate's website at the Greg Abate Home Page.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Saxophone Flute Composer Arranger

Big Band Bebop

Greg Abate Was Influenced By:
Charlie Parker
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