Saxophone Legends Heat Up The Harwood

Greg Abate, left, and Richie Cole blow their horns. Courtesy photo


The Taos Jazz Bebop Society and the Harwood Museum present The Greg Abate Quintet featuring Richie Cole at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 22 at the Harwood Museum in Taos. Tickets are $25 ($20 for members). Call 575.758.9826 or stop by the museum.

This is a return engagement for Abate and Cole – and a reprise of the sold-out “Tribute to the Phil Woods”, the 2017 concert that rocked the Harwood last year. This is an amazing opportunity to see these two great jazz artists perform together.

This year’s show is definitely a tribute to the jazz art form known as bebop. Abate and Cole have been playing together for 25 years.Both come out of the same bebop tradition and with many of the same inspirations (Charlie Parker, Phil Woods in particular). They are two sides of a bebop coin – both endowed with phenomenal technique and mind-bending improvisational chops. Abate’s approach is intense, richly sincere, virtuosic and passionate. Cole’s style is hard-swinging, lively, funky and fun. Both players can seduce with a beautiful ballad. Abate plays alto sax in addition to soprano sax, clarinet and flute.

Other band members:

  • John Rangel, piano (incredible improvisational mind and effortless technique).
  • Andy Zadrozny, bass (the gifted and versatile go-to bassist in New Mexico)
  • Pete Amahl, drums (another legend – one of New Mexico’s most exciting and swinging drummers).