Rhode Island’s Abate releases new CD

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One of the world’s greatest sax players lives right here in Rhode Island and teaches at Rhode Island College.

Greg Abate travels the world, playing and recording with jazz legends, where he is known as “The Prince of Be-Bop.” Abate has given concerts at RIC, local nightclubs and one of his favorite spots, Chan’s in Woonsocket.

His latest new recording captures one of the final live performances of legendary sax player Phil Woods.

I just added “Greg Abate & Phil Woods with the Tim Ray Trio-Kindred Spirits, Live at Chan’s” to my growing Greg Abate CD collection. The two-disc recording is a powerful and passionate piece of work, an accolade not only to Abate but also to the incredible legacy of Woods.

I am ever indebted to old friend Ginny Shea of Cranston for introducing me to Abate’s talents.

If you would like to order this classic contact Ginny at Mixedmediapromo@cox.net or call 942-8025.

If you have never caught a jazz concert at Chan’s, you are missing something. Somehow, the combination of Chinese cuisine and jazz fits perfectly, especially on a cold winter’s night in Woonsocket.

Jefferson Grizzard at Odeum

Engaging singer-songwriter Jefferson Grizzard will be performing music from his latest CD, “A Daydream of Hope,” at the Odeum in East Greenwich on February 18, his only scheduled appearance in New England.

Grizzard mixes his poetry and melody to craft stories and characters live in his songs.

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