Saturday, March 19 – 7:30pm
Greg Abate Quartet
Greg Abate, saxophone & flute
Ben Stolorow, piano
Eric Markowitz, bass
Michael Mitchell, drums
$20 cash cover charge; doors at 7:20; show at 7:30.
BYOB, proof of vaccination and masks, please.
Reservations, call the store at 415-586-3733
during store hours (Tuesday to Sunday, noon to six)
Alto player, flautist, composer, arranger and educator Greg Abate returns to San Francisco for two sets of jazz with three fine San Francisco musicians who’ve worked wonderfully with him here on previous bookings. Expect consummate skill, heart and commitment to his beautiful, soulful and hard driving music. Whether playing a lyrical ballad or gentle samba, or taking a blistering turn through a hard bop standard, Greg shows that he’s among the top alto players at work today.
“Magic Dance” (Whaling City Sound, 2021), Greg’s 17th and most recent album, features Kenny Barron on piano and is a deep dive into Barron’s own compositions, arranged and orchestrated by Greg to magnificent effect.
Greg has toured ceaselessly for decades with only the briefest pause during the recent pandemic — up and down the Eastern seaboard to the Midwest to the Pacific coast, to England and the continent — on a circuit he’s assiduously developed through the years, making friends at every stop who look forward to his annual return and show up at his dates. It’s like a family reunion when Greg hits town.
In the week preceding his Bird & Beckett hit, Greg has several dates in Cincinnati, then it’s back to New Hampshire and out here for our show and one down in Cambria Pines, California with the veteran vibraphonist Charlie Shoemaker at the Central Coast Jazz Institute. After that, Greg flies east again, touring throughout New England, hitting Chicago and then heading for his circuit in the UK in July, with 18 concerts in 23 days. He’s a road warrior and an amazing talent!
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
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