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Abate, Greg

Abate, Greg, saxophonist, flutist, composer, arranger; b. Fall River, MA, 31 May 1947. His parents are Charles Abate and Elvira Cardente Abate. His siblings are David, Charles and Maria. He studied at Berklee College of Music 1966-71, with Henry Devyust 8 years, Larry Bernard 4 years, Joe Viola 2 years, Rod Ferland 2 years, and Charlie Mariano 2 years.

In the early 70s, Greg undertook a two-year stint playing lead alto with the Ray Charles Orchestra. For another two years in the mid 80s, he held the jazz tenor chair in the revived Artie Shaw orchestra under the direction of Dick Johnson. He teaches jazz studies at Rhode Island College in Providence Rhode Island as adjunct faculty in Jazz studies and conducts workshops worldwide with co sponsorship from The Conn- Selmer Instrument Co. as an artist clinician and from Selmer Paris.

His children are Jessica Gonzales (b. ca. 1976); Gregory (ca. 1990) plays bass and piano, clarinet , cello; and Anthony (ca. 1994) plays clarinet , piano.


Bop City - Live at Birdland; Greg Abate Straight Ahead; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; My Buddy; It's Christmastime; Broken Dreams; Bop Lives!; Happy Samba; EVOLUTION;

Audio Cassettes: Spirit, Two Sides of Greg Abate

Contact information:

Greg Abate, Tel. (401) 823-4097, email: abatebop@juno.com

For bookings: Susan Greenberg, Entertainment Exclusives

tel. (617) 266-0038, email: susangamerical@hotmail.com


Peter DeVeber, email: pdeveber@comcast.net

Greg Abate Web site www.Gregabate.com

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