A traveling jazz master, Greg Abate returns to Ashley Pond at 7 p.m. today.
Greg plays around about 225 shows a year, all over the world. He’s been dubbed the “Prince of bebop” by the Washington Post and is one of the top saxophonists in the world. His music is mostly bebop and modern jazz fusion; the sound made famous by his early influences, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Paul Desmond.
After high school in Rhode Island, Greg studied and graduated from the famed Berklee School of Music in NYC. One of his first professional gigs after school was a two year stint as lead alto sax player with the Ray Charles Band in the mid ‘70s. He then returned to New England and formed a very successful fusion group called Channel One and then in the early ‘80s he became lead sax with the Artie Shaw Orchestra.
He became that “Prince of bebop” next and has played all the top jazz venues and festivals all over the US and the world. Now Greg plays those 225 shows a year, is the adjunct professor of jazz at Rhode Island College and soon is to be inducted into the 2016 Class of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. Abate has performed at our Summer Series four times because he is tremendous.
It’s KRSN Night at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series (www.gordonssummerconcertseries.com). Please check out www.gregabate.com and youtube to see and listen to Greg Abate. Friday’s show is a FREE CONCERT and it’ll be a gas!
Hope to see you at the concerts. July 1 we’ll have Los Alamos bands DK & The Affordables with Eddie & The Nomads.