Greg Abate Upcoming Live Appearances + New CD Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron

Greg Abate Upcoming Live Appearances

CD Release Dates

October 2
The Side Door Jazz Club
Old Lyme CT

October 9
The Packing House
Willington CT

October 23
Woonsocket RI

Greg Abate
Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron

"Abate's versatility and well-considered arrangements (which are neither slavishly imitative nor damaging to the integrity of Barron's work) make his playing and the project greater than the sum of its parts." Britt Robson, JazzTimes

"Abate plays a muscular alto solo, matched by Barron, with Abate reprising with his tenor…Dezron Douglas on bass and Johnathan Blake … provide a perfect backdrop to the superb soloing of these two bebop masters. With Abate's reputation on the rise, this album offers a view of his diverse talents, both in arranging and playing a variety of instruments with more or less equal skill." Rob Rosenblum, All About Jazz

"Abate was able to enlist Barron to join him in the quartet that is the core of the 88 minutes of dazzling music. In that familiar music industry trope, Abate is an overnight sensation — after five decades of pursuing his art." Jay N. Miller, The Patriot Ledger

"Best known for his alto sax intensity, Greg added tenor, soprano and baritone saxes and flute to this prpject revelaing rich new facets in the 14 selected tunes in ways that underscore Kenny's compositional prowess." KF, Hot House

"I look forward to when this exciting and hard-driving saxophonist is able to resume his tours. Meanwhile, it's no great hardship to have this to listen to" Matthew Wright, Jazz Journal (UK)

"There's a jovial groove that swings on "Cooks Bay" with Greg varying the mood shifting from sax to flute. There is sweet sax harmony on "Innocence", passion on "Rain" and a hard swing on "Voyage", just a few of the highlights." D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Magazine

"Greg Abate has done it again. Abate has taken another fine idea and turned it into a fun and impressive jazz outing. Recording the compositions of Kenny Barron while featuring Barron on piano resulted in this double disc extravaganza, Magic Dance." Bill Copeland Music News

"… we get to hear rich riffs, interlude melodies and harmonies that reveal rich new facets that underscore Barron's compositional prowess. And how great it is that Barron was along for the ride." Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes


For concert updates visit Greg Abate website calendar

October 2 The Side Door Jazz Club
Old Lyme CT

03 Oct

Warwick Public Library: Central Library

Warwick, RI

October 9
The Packing House Willington CT

, CA

16 Oct

Greg Abate Jazz Workshop

San Francisco, CA

16 Oct

Greg Abate /Ben Stolorow with The Ben Stolorow Trio

San Francisco, CA
Straight Ahead Jazz 653 Chenery Street in San Francisco's Glen

17 Oct


Mountain View, CA

October 23 Chans Woonsocket RI

28 Oct


Manchester, United Kingdom

29 Oct

Greg Abate Quartet

Harlow, United Kingdom

30 Oct

Greg Abate Jazz Workshop

Hadleigh, United Kingdom

30 Oct

Greg Abate Jazz Quartet

Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom

01 Nov

Greg Abate Alan Barnes
London, United Kingdom

01 Nov

Greg Abate /Andy Urquhart Quintet

Brockenhurst, United Kingdom

02 Nov

Greg Abate Quartet

Brentwood, United Kingdom

03 Nov

Greg Abate Jazz

Sheffield, United Kingdom

04 Nov

Greg Abate Jazz Quartet

Beckenham, United Kingdom

05 Nov

Greg Abate Quartet

Cheltenham, United Kingdom

07 Nov

Greg Abate and The Craig Milverton Trio

Plymouth, United Kingdom

09 Nov

Wilmslow, United Kingdom

10 Nov

Greg Abate Jazz

Stratford-upon-avon, United Kingdom

11 Nov

Greg Abate With Pete Rosser Trio

Leeds, United Kingdom

12 Nov

Greg Abate with The Pete Rosser Trio

Wakefield, United Kingdom

14 Nov

Greg Abate guest with Paul Hartley Trio

Stockport, United Kingdom

15 Nov

Greg Abate Quartet

Bexley, United Kingdom

16 Nov

Greg Abate Jazz

Twickenham, United Kingdom

16 Nov

Marlow Jazz Club

Marlow, United Kingdom

18 Nov

Greg Abate Quartet

Coventry, United Kingdom

19 Nov

Greg Abate with Craig Milverton Trio

Nailsea And Backwell, United Kingdom

21 Nov

Tad Newton and Jazz Friends featuring Greg Abate

Blisworth, United Kingdom

30 Nov

Greg Abate /Green Street Trio

Northampton, MA

13 Dec

Greg Abate Quartet

Port Charlotte, FL

17 Dec


Bristol, RI

15 Jan

Greg Abate Quartet

Framingham, MA

26 Feb

Greg Abate Jazz Quartet

Plymouth, MA

05 Mar

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Yarmouth, MA


Greg Abate tours year-round as an International Jazz/Recording Artist, and has recorded 23 CDs as a leader.

His UK England tours have been for July and November since 2002 .

His many credits include playing lead alto saxophone for the Ray Charles Orchestra 2 years and tenor sax for the Artie Shaw Orchestra, recording/performing with jazz greats Phil Woods, Claudio Roditi, Richie Cole, Nick Brignola, Dick Johnson, Don Menza, Jerome Richardson, Richie Cole, Hilton Ruiz, George Mraz, Kenny Barron, (Tony Bennett Rosemarie Clooney Mel Torme with The Artie Shaw Orchestra under direction of Dick Johnson )James Williams, Rufus Reid and Ben Riley, Billy Hart, Akira Tana, Ray Drummond, Red Rodney at Town Hall NYC, with Elvin Jones, Hank Jones, Benny Green, Christian McBride, Paquito D'Rivera, Lionel Hampton, Slide Hampton at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival .

Greg has been featured at major festivals in USA and abroad .

Greg's newest release is titled Magic Dance, The Music of Kenny Barron with Kenny Barron, Dezron Douglas bass and Johnathan Blake drums (Whaling City Sound)

This recording was number 1 on the JazzWeek charts for 7 weeks.

Here's what some say about Greg Abate: "I sleep a lot better knowing there are alto players like Greg! It was a joy to make music with him and he writes good songs that are challenging." - Phil Woods

"One of the most exciting players around today, Greg's commitment to the music is total…" –W. Pickowitz, Jr., The Jazz Messenger

Greg is currently on Downbeat Critics and Readers poll for alto sax. Greg is in RI MusicHall of Fame.

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