Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe. The Courthouse is fortunate to have him play locally. Jamming with Greg are Kent Hewitt piano, Dave Zinno bass and Gary Johnson drums.
Dave Zinno has been performing professionally since 1980 and is a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island as well as at Brown University. After his studies at Berklee College of Music and the University of Rhode Island, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he worked with Grammy winning vocalist Dianne Schuur for one year.
Zinno also performed with jazz greats Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Frank Clayton and studied for a short time with Gary Peacock during his time on the West Coast. From there he moved on to New York City where he studied with bassist Walter Booker Jr. and performed with many jazz greats including Jimmy Cobb, Junior Cook, Jimmy Heath, John Hicks, John Medeski, Larry Willis and many others. He began regular tours in Europe, South America, North Africa and throughout the United States and was faculty at the Toulon Jazz Festival Workshop in France for 11 years.
Gary Johnson – Drums, Gary is one of Boston’s most swinging (and therefore busiest) drummers and has an instinctive understanding of the nuances of swing and traditional jazz. He toured for four years with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, has played with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and has accompanied many visiting jazz giants, such as Dizzy Gillespie and Ruby Braff.
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.
Whaling City Sound Records Records. 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. Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn -Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.Greg has been inducted into the RI MUSIC HALL OF FAME 2016