Jazz at PSU March 31 and April 1

March 5th, 2008 by Adam

Concerts and Clinics

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Jazz aficionados have two opportunities in 24 hours to indulge their jazz sensibility March 31 and April 1.

Greg Abate will present an improvisation clinic for PSU students Monday, March 31, followed by a public concert backed by the PSU jazz faculty rhythm section at the Silver Center at 7 p.m.

Abate, who is a saxophonist and adjunct professor of jazz studies at Rhode Island College, studied at Berklee College of Music and cut his first CD in 1991 on the Candid Jazz Label with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid and Kenny Washington. He has recorded more than a dozen other albums, and his 2004 recording, “Evolution, was nominated for Grammy awards in four categories.

Following his Berklee graduation, Abate played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for two years, and with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson for another year. He continues as an international jazz and recording artist touring worldwide for approximately 150 days each year.

“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,” said Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune.

Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults, $4 for youth and seniors and free for PSU students with I.D. at the Silver Center box office, (603) 535-ARTS.

The All New England Jazz Festival takes center stage at Plymouth State University Tuesday, April 1, with some 100 students participating from high schools throughout the region.Greg Abate is festival guest clinician.

Students spend the day rehearsing with the guest artist and participating in an improvisation workshop. A Festival Concert at 5 p.m. by participating schools followed by the PSU jazz band, with Abate sitting in, concludes the daylong program.

Tickets for the Festival Concert are $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and youth seniors and free for PSU students with I.D. at the Silver Center box office, (603) 535-ARTS.

For information contact Tom Robinson via e-mail to tsrobinson@plymouth.edu.

For general information about events at PSU, logon to ThisWeek@PSU at http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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