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Greg Abate + Craig Milverton Trio

Venue: Livermead Cliff Hotel, Seafront, Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 6RQ Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm This is a seated event.
Bar meals are available, ordering advised. Checkout their menu here

Thursday 31 October 2024 8pm
Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay

US saxophonist Geg Abate. A Fougou Music presentation
Buy tickets for Greg Abate £16 adult, £6 student/u-18. Door £18

Greg Abate is a jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer, who is on tour 250 days a year around the world.  In the mid-70s, after finishing a four year course at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years.  In 1978 he formed the group ‘Channel One’ which was a favourite in the New England area and from there played tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87.  Then Greg ventured out as post hard-bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the US,  Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK and Russia.

Although he also plays tenor, flute, and soprano, alto is his main instrument.  Greg considers Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond, and Phil Woods to be among his most important influences.  He doesn’t play very many weddings or dances, but even when he does, he only plays bebop — tunes and solos right out of the classic Charlie Parker lexicon — complex, high energy melody lines.

Line up: Greg Abate – saxophones, Craig Milberton – keyboard, John Donnelly – bass, Gary Evans – drums

“Greg Abate is considered by jazz writers and aficionados to be one of the most exciting saxophone players out there today.” -Mike Joyce, Washington Post

“Abate’s musical style can be seen as a distillation of swing’s easygoing vibe and bop’s
more animated groove. He has developed a unique voice. -METRO San Jose, CA

 “Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die.
One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total.” -W. Pickowitz, Jr., The Jazz Messenger