Greg Abate Features at The Walnut Tree with Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends: Wed 18th July 8 – 10.30pm

Greg Abate, jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, international jazz/recording artist spends 150/200 days a year touring the globe. The Walnut Tree is a favourite venue on his circuit.

Greg Abate

In the mid 1970’s, after finishing a four year programme at  Berklee College of Music, Greg played lead alto and arranger for the RAY CHARLES Orchestra.

In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favourite in the New England area and from there he had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra from 1986 to 1987. Greg then ventured out as a soloist playing festivals, societies, clubs and theatres throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Russia. Greg has guested with Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends on a numerous occasions, notably at Teignmouth Jazz Festival where he is featured on a live recording with the band and at Birmingham Jazz Festival and Swanage Jazz Festival.

Greg recorded his first CD “Live at Birdland” in New York in 1991 on the Candid Jazz Label with James Williams, Rufus Reid and Kenny Washington. To this date he has recorded over 12 other albums and was nominated for a Grammy award in no less than four categories for his 2004 recording “Evolution”.

What they say about Greg Abate :

“Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse…one the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total.”… The Jazz Messenger.

“ Greg Abate is one of the most appealing jazz saxophonists on the world scene today. He is mature with an abundance of self confidence. The result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring” … New Jazz Recordings.

Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends

Tad Newton [trombone], Frank Griffith [sax/clarinet], Alan Haughton [piano],
Tomas Pedersen [bass], Ronnie Fenn [drums] and
Gary Wood [trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals]

The Walnut Tree, Station Road, Blisworth, Northants, NN7 3DS 

Great venue, three miles from J15 on M1.
Free parking, real ales, great hot food, bar snacks.
Top national and international jazz bands. 

ADMISSION: £10 on the door
TEL: 01604 858549

TAD NEWTON 01604 858549

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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