A US-based musician of international standing, saxophonist Greg Abate is considered to be amongst the finest jazz players of his generation. After completing his studies at Berklee in the mid 70's, Greg went on tour with the Ray Charles band for two years before returning to Rhode Island, where he ran his own bands for some years before going on the road again in the late 80's with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra. Following that experience he established himself as an international soloist, something he has now been successfully doing for the last 25 years working throughout the US, Canada, UK, Western and Eastern Europe and Russia. As well as his touring work, Greg is also a composer, arranger, a Grammy-nominated recording artist and educator of some considerable note, serving as an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College as well as a very active jazz clinician. His fluent and muscular playing is best described as "post hard bop", encompassing a classic approach to the material in the style of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods. Accompanying Greg tonight will be one of the UK's finest hard bop pianists, Craig Milverton with his trio of Sandy Suchodolski on bass and Matt Home on drums. Promises to be a great night for all lovers of straight ahead jazz sax.
"Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs...his work [has] a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” Chicago Tribune; "a unique voice" Metro, San Jose; "One of the most exciting players around today" The Jazz Messenger; “Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today...the result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.” New Jazz Recordings