Dynamic Saxophonist from Rhode Island meets North Coast Piano Master On Nighttown's Back Patio Stage! Seating limited.
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.
Cliff Habian began piano lessons at the age of nine and was composing music just a few years later with both classical and jazz music being strong influences, he decided early on to integrate the two genres into his own unique style.
A multifarious pianist, Cliff can play in virtually any style and performs comfortably in groups settings as well as solo performances. Eventually, Cliff would become s disciple of the "Third Stream" style.
After attending the Cleveland Institute of Music, as a composition major under the late Donald Erb, he accepted a position as Director of American Music and Department Head of Keyboard studies at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where he taught for 13 years.
He has worked with such greats as Joe Lovano, Freddie Cole, Frank Morgan, Jane Ira Bloom and many others in addition to appearing on “Good Morning America”.
Cliff was recently honored to play for the great concert pianist Lang Lang receiving wonderful kudos from the international superstar.
His international reputation began with a recording debut for Milestone/Fantasy Records.
Locally, Cliff regularly has or is performing at Nighttown, Johnny’s on Fulton, Johnny’s Downtown, Blu Jazz and Taza.