Sax Master Greg Abate & Trombone virtuoso and leader of the CJO Paul Ferguson co-lead Quintet Live at Nighttown!
Featuring players from the CWRU Jazz Program and More!
Paul Ferguson is Artistic Director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. He has performed and arranged music for the group since 1988. A graduate of the Eastman school, Paul has toured extensively with the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras. A versatile musician, Paul has performed with Apollo's Fire, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops, numerous broadway shows, and has backed Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Andy Williams, Mel Torme and many others. His arrangements for pops orchestra and jazz ensemble are performed internationally.
Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 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 2 years. In 1978 Greg 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 leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87.
Following this experience Greg 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, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.
Greg’s newest release Kindred Spirits Greg Abate Phil Woods with The Tim Ray Trio.
Greg 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 Greg has recorded over 17 other recordings as leader.