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.
Greg Abate performs about 250 days a year by his own estimate. Last week he finished a month of dates in California. A Woonsocket, Rhode Island resident Abate will play two gigs locally before traveling to New Mexico followed by a month long tour of the UK.
This podcast is a little different in that it was recorded on the air last Tuesday May 19th at WRIU where I host the Jazz Explorer program. The conversation was much more casual and relaxed than our last conversation. There is a lot to be said for body language and eye contact that is missing from an interview on Skype or over the phone.
Greg will be recording a new album this August and releasing a two CD live set recorded last year at Chan’s in October.
Upcoming Local Performances:
May 23 Chan’s Presents Greg Abate Quartet A Motif Evening with Tim Ray, John Lockwood and Mark Walker
June 5 with The Joe Potenza Trio, Aspire Jazz Lounge Hotel Providence
Aug 16 Jamestown RI Music Series, Jamestown RI on the green
Special thanks again to photographer Leslie Hollis.