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Greg Abate (2005)

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Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 150 days a year touring the globe.

In the mid 70s 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 87.

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.

To this date Greg has recorded over 12 other recordings and was nominated for a Grammy for his 2004 recording EVOLUTION in four categories . James Williams, Harvie S and Billy Hart comprised the trio.

Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Charlie Parker Yardbird Suite Hot House (Rhino)
# 2 Jackie McLean Nature Boy You Don't Know What Love Is (Blue Note)
# 3 Chick Corea with Joe Henderson Live in Montreux So in Love (GRP)
# 4 John Coltrane Giant Steps Giant Steps (Atlantic)
# 5 Ray Charles Ultimate Hits Collection Georgia on My Mind (Rhino)
# 6 Dexter Gordon Go Cheese Cake (Blue Note)
# 7 The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out Take Five (Columbia)
# 8 Phil Woods Musique du Bois Airegin (32 Jazz)
         
Book The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom
         
Luxury Item "My AMG-tuned Mercedes" (with gasoline delivered)
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Bud Powell N/A N/A N/A
Alt 2 Wayne Shorter N/A N/A N/A
Alt 3 James Williams N/A N/A N/A
Alt 4 Phil Woods Live from the Showboat N/A (RCA)
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