This year’s Central Mass Jazz Fest, presented by WCCA TV and running Sept. 27 to 30, culminates with a free concert at noon Sept. 30 at Rascals, 70 James St., Worcester. The concert will feature the Greg Abate Quartet with the Gerry Beaudoin Trio opening.
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This upcoming summer, the Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association (ECPAA) will be hosting their second, annual jazz festival. The event will take place in Griswold, Connecticut. Jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, Greg Abate, will be one of the performers! The roots of the event began with the non-profit arts organization, composed of performers, artists and prominent local business people, wanting to put on a more local Jazz Festival, independent from the Newport Jazz Festival. After this concept, they decided, go big or go home. Rather than a small festival they decided on a larger one, with free parking, low-priced tickets and of course entertainment. Once they established a location, everything else began to fall into place. The ECPAA is excited for this years event. It will consist of four, 90 minute performances, allowing the audience to fully connect to the music. Food and drink vendors will be present as well. Mark your calendars for June 8th because tickets go on are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.
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Abate and Cole at The Harwood
First up is The Greg Abate Quartet with special guest Richie Cole June 22 at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street. “This is a return engagement for two of today’s greatest alto sax players: Greg Abate and Richie Cole,” a press release states. “Last year they dazzled the sold-out Harwood crowd with a lively tribute to the late alto sax master, Phil Woods. This year they will perform original compositions as well as classical jazz tunes. Abate, a superior bop player, considers Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond and Phil Woods to be among his most important influences. Richie Cole has proven time and again that bebop can be quite fun. His ‘Alto Madness’ was essentially the idea that any tune, no matter how unlikely its source, could be turned into exuberant bop.”
New Mexico Jazz Festival
In 2016-2017, Taos Jazz Bebop Society presented shows that were affiliated with the New Mexico Jazz Festival. In 2018, the Society became an official presenter in the festival. The New Mexico Jazz Festival will run from July 14-29, with shows in Albuquerque, Santa Fe — and now Taos.
Jazz fans descended on Llandudno for weekend of live entertainment
Jazz festival hailed as a ‘great success’ as the annual event returned to Llandudno this year.
The event from July 28 to 30 saw a number of jazz acts take to the stage to wow the crowds at Bodafon Park with a range of live music.
Llandudno’s Quaynotes Quartet, with artists such as Alan Barnes, Dave Newton and Greg Abate, were among the line up.
Festival director Geoff Burke said: “The Llandudno Jazz Festival was a great success on every level with excellent numbers attending and some great artists performing both in the main Jazz Marquee as well as the upper Fringe shows. Fans from near and far expressed their appreciation and already we are getting requests for tickets for 2018.
“The whole weekend went brilliantly even the weather was decent enough except for a wet spell on Friday afternoon.”
Trumpeter, composer, recording artist and singer Neil Yates once again put together the jazz line up.
He said: “The weekend was a big success. There was a great relaxed atmosphere all weekend and even the weather was fairly kind to us!”