Improvisation/Jazz Composition with Greg Abate
Renowned saxophonist Greg Abate will discuss and demonstrate the art of improvisation from a compositional point of view, emphasizing the idea of motive development as opposed to just playing licks. He will also use some of his tunes to explain how this approach is used when conceiving of and developing thematic material while composing.
Distinguished alumni Greg Abate has played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra (two years), tenor with the Artie Shaw Orchestra (one year), and in festivals and jazz clubs throughout the world (including Canada, Europe, the U.K., and Russia). His first CD (Live at Birdland NYC) in 1991 was with James Williams, Rufus Reid, and Kenny Washington. He has made more than 12 recordings and was nominated for a Grammy for his 2004 recording Evolution, which featured James Williams, Harvie S, and Billy Hart. He is an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Rhode Island College and, as a Selmer-sponsored clinician, conducts workshops throughout the United States and abroad.