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Greg Abate is a saxophonist, flautist, composer and arranger. He attended Berklee College of Music, played professionally with Ray Charles, and was a member of the Artie Shaw Orchestra (under Dick Johnson), among other groups and ensembles.
He's released, on Candid Records, Bop City – Live at Birdland, Straight Ahead, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Bop Lives with Kenny Barron Trio, and Happy Samba, in addition to other recordings on other labels. His Evolution was nominated for a Grammy.
Greg is an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Rhode Island College, and plays with his quartet locally and around the world. He is a jazz clinician, sponsored by the Conn - Selmer Instrument Co., and conducts workshops and master classes throughout the U.S and abroad.
"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 and eager and easy virtuosity."
– David Franklin, Jazz Times
"Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die. One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total…"
– W. Pickowitz, Jr., The Jazz Messenger
"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
"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
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