Gala Lunchtime Concert Series
Greg Abate, jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, continues as an international jazz/recording artist, spending 225 days a year touring the globe.
In the mid 70’s, after finishing a four year program at Berklee College of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for two years.
In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favourite 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 1987.
Following this experience Greg ventured out as a post hard bop soloist playing jazz festivals, jazz societies and jazz clubs throughout the US, Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, the UK, Georgia and Moscow in Russia.
‘Brilliant young pianist’ Paul Edis is a familiar face to Gala audiences and regularly collaborates with touring soloists as well as leading his own groups, writing and teaching music.
Friday 8 November