The Tucson Jazz Society’s spring series Experience Jazz in a New Way continues with jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer Greg Abate, along with one of his favorite rhythm sections, the Dan Delaney Band.  The concert will take place on Friday, April 22, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass.

“Greg Abate is a Tucson favorite,” said Rick Gregson, president of the Tucson Jazz Society. “He is a jazz master and in the surroundings of the JW Marriott Starr Pass, it will be a night to sit back and let the music take you away.”

Abate is an international jazz/recording artist who spends 150 days a year touring the globe. In the mid 1970s, after finishing a four-year program at Berklee College of Music, he 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. From there, he had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra from 1986 to 1987. 

Following this experience, he ventured out as a bop soloist playing jazz festivals, jazz societies and jazz clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, and Moscow and Georgia, Russia.

To date, Abate has recorded more than 13 recordings and was nominated for a Grammy in four categories for his 2004 recording “Evolution.”

Experience Jazz in a New Way is sponsored by Jack Furrier Tire and Auto Care.

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