Greg Abate: A New Album and some Local Rhode Island Gigs

Greg Abate with the Tim Ray Trio
Greg Abate with the Tim Ray Trio

I really like doing multiple interviews over time. This is my fifth interview with multi-reed player Greg Abate and the basic “who are you” and background questions are out of the way. This interview was recorded from a radio broadcast on WRIU in Kingston Rhode Island. He talks about his new album Road to Forever and provides commentary as we play some tracks. We also talk about his annual sextet gig at Chan’s, Channel One, traveling, teaching and his alto flute.

Music used in this podcast:

A Treasury of Rhode Island Jazz and Swing Musicians



Dennis Pratt
Tom Shaker










In November of 2016 I had the opportunity to have two interviews with the authors of A Treasury of Rhode Island Jazz and Swing Musicians, first on Tuesday morning on my WRIU radio show Jazz Explorer and again on that Thursday evening taping for the public access cable program State of the State. This podcast is adapted from the radio show, mostly because the sound quality was better but also because the interview on video for State of the State is available here.

The authors: Dennis Pratt who is a bassist and educator has played in Southeastern New England since the 1960s knows the circuit and many of the players well, Tom Shaker hosts a radio show on WICN in Worchester MA and teaches. He is also working on Do it Man a movie about the Celebrity Club, a jazz club in Providence in the mid 20th century.

The book is visually striking and features many vintage and unpublished pictures of jazz clubs and performers in Rhode Island. It is somewhat of a yearbook or a study in anthropology as well as a reference and is best dipped into over time.

Special thanks to Greg Abate for permission to use Filthy McNasty from his album Horace is Here.

Tenor Saxophonist Noah Preminger Explores the Delta Blues


I first became aware of Noah Preminger when I heard his last album Pivot. It has all the things I like in good jazz, spontaneity, a chance to stretch out and the blues.

He has two albums coming out this spring, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground another album of delta blues interpretations and an album of ballads on the vinyl only Newvelle label.





Jack DeJohnette

Jack DeJohnette at Newport 2015
Jack DeJohnette at Newport 2015

There are few individuals who have had as large a role in shaping the history of Jazz in the latter part of the 20th century as Jack DeJohnette. He was a member of the AACM in Chicago and played with Charles Lloyd, Bill Evans and Miles Davis in the 1960s. He has had a musical conversation with Keith Jarrett that has lasted for over 40 years.

In 2016 he will be releasing a new vinyl only solo piano album. A new trio album with Ravi Coltrane on sax and Matt Garrison on bass will also be out next year.