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Burford Jazz // Greg Abate

Greg Abate is a truly globe trotting musician is on the road over 250 days of the year, yet his playing spark never seems to dim. He just adores performing and his astonishing energy is evident from the first few bars of every concert. Phil began playing as a teenager and attended the world famous Berklee School of Music. Shortly after he joined the Ray Charles Orchestra, touring with the great man for two years and then moving onto Artie Shaw’s band. The Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich perhaps puts it best when he says of Greg: "Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” See what you think - we think he’s a ‘monster’.

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