MARION - The Greg Abate Quartet will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, at the Lyndon South Auditorium in the Jay S. Stroud Academic Center on the campus of Tabor Academy, 85 Spring St., Marion, MA 02738.

The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist. He will be joined by Matt Richard, piano; Todd Baker, bass; and Gary Johnson, drums for this concert.

In the mid ’70s after finishing a four-year program at Berklee College of Music, Abate played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for two 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 Abate 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.

Abate recorded his first CD Live At Birdland in New York City in 1991 on the Candid Jazz Label with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid and Kenny Washington. To this date Abate has recorded more than 17 other recordings as leader.

Abate is also an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with sponsorship from the Conn -Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S. and abroad. Abate was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

What some say about Greg Abate:

“I sleep a lot better knowing there are alto players like Greg! It was a joy to make music with him and he writes good songs that are challenging.”

– Phil Woods

Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.”

– Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

… Abate’s musical style can be seen as a distillation of swing’s easygoing vibe and bop’s more animated groove. He has developed a unique voice.

– METRO San Jose,

Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die. One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total …”

– W. Pickowitz, Jr., The Jazz Messenger

Multi-saxophonist Greg Abate is a prime example of the rear back and blow school of contemporary bop-based players. The tunes he writes or chooses are based on the kinds of changes that harmony-oriented jazzmen have favored since the beginning and he swings through them with an eager and easy virtuosity.”

– David Franklin, Jazz Times

Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today. He is mature with an abundance of gentle self-confidence. The result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.

– Jim Merod, New Jazz Recordings

Matt Richard (piano) studied classical piano with Ken Manzer and jazz piano with Dr. Billy Taylor. A native of Fairhaven and a graduate of Westfield State College, Richard has performed throughout the New England area since 1980. Richard has accompanied many fine vocalists including Sheila Jordan and was the principal accompanist at UMass Amherst's Jazz in July for a number of years. A prolific composer and arranger, Richard has contributed to numerous recordings including his own CDs; "Off Season," "Hawthorne Street Connection," "The Art of the Duo," "Talking to Myself," "The Jazz Club" and "Originals" to name a few.

Todd Baker (bass) is one of the few bass players today who has the desire and skill to produce a big sound without electronic assistance — a dying art, unfortunately. He is also one of the precious few who can provide the percussive attack and staccato notes required to propel idiomatically a swing rhythm section. Baker played for two years with The Artie Shaw Orchestra and led bands on the Carnival Cruise Lines. He has played with Rosemary Clooney, Cab Calloway, The Four Freshman, and The Woody Herman Band.

Gary Johnson (drums) has been working professionally for more than 30 years with wide-ranging experience. He has accompanied some of the country's top jazz instrumentalists and vocalists including Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Buddy De Franco, Connie Hanes, Scott Hamilton, Dave McKenna and Ruby Braff. In addition to his studies at Berklee College of Music, Johnson 's formal training includes private instruction with jazz great Alan Dawson, Fred Buda of the Boston Pops Orchestra and noted educator Bill Flanagan.