Greg Abate Clinic: In the Mood of the Mode
Exploring various modal concepts for tune writing, Greg Abate will compose a tune. Melody will be the starting point and then the harmonic progression (including slash chords) will be developed. Considerations will be discussed and suggestions from the audience will be considered as the creative process is completed. He'll perform the final version accompanied by bass and piano.
Greg Abate is a jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer who spends 150 days a year touring the globe. In the mid-'70s, after finishing a four-year program at Berklee College of Music, Abate played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for two years.
In 1978 Abate 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 the leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to 1987. Following this experience, Abate 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, the U.K., and Russia.
Abate 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 Abate 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.
Abate is also an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with cosponsorship from the Conn-Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.