May
20

Greg Abate Prolific New England woodwind master swings back into BLU for a very special show in partnership with The Bop Stop at the Music Settlement! Featuring Keigo Hirakawa, Michael Ode, Max Weiner.

Saturday, May 20


Jazz saxophonist, flutist, & composer, Greg Abate, continues as an international jazz recording artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.
 
In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years.
 

 
In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to 1987.
 

“I sleep alot 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

 
Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.
 
Greg recorded his first CD Live At Birdland NYC in 1991 on the Candid Jazz Label with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid and Kenny Washington.
 
Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn-Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.
 
Join us as this sensational saxophonist returns to the Midwest for a very special show in partnership with The Bop Stop at the Music Settlement – get your tickets today!
 

8:00 pm

$15

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