Greg Abate Quartet

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, compose, continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.

In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 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 Greg 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, Georgia, and Russia.

He has recorded prolifically as a leader, with sidemen including Phil Woods, Kenny Baron, Richie Cole, Rufus Reid, Akira Tana, Hilton Ruiz, and Claudio Roditi.

Since moving to the Bay Area from Los Angeles to attend UC Berkeley in 1994, Ben Stolorow has become one of the most in demand jazz pianists in the area both as a leader and sideman. He has performed at Yoshi’s, The Jazzschool, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, at the Healdsburg and SF Jazz Festivals, at Oakland’s Art and Soul Festival, and has also toured and performed throughout Japan. He has performed with many great musicians including Craig Handy, Akira Tana, Dayna Stephens, Lorca Hart, Andrew Speight, Vince Lateano, Noel Jewkes, Michael O’Neill, and vocalist Kenny Washington. Ben is also a faculty member of the Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA.

He appeared here previously with Ron Vincent.

Bassist Eric Markowitz, born and raised in New Jersey, never thought much of growing up 30 minutes away from the jazz mecca of New York City. That all changed when half way through his college studies in St. Louis, he met world renowned jazz drummer Joe Charles. Eric spent the next few years apprenticed under local St. Louis legends Joe Charles and saxophonist/composer Jimmy Sherrod.

Markowitz quickly became one of the leading jazz bassists in St. Louis, voted 4 years in a row best jazz group in St. Louis while playing with the David Stone Trio.

He moved to San Francisco in 2004, and was quickly integrated into the local jazz scene, performing with players such as Patrick Wolff, Adam Shulman, Scott Larson, Jeffrey Burr, Jay Standards, Joe Cohen, Smith Dobson, Scott Foster, and Vince Lateano.

He appeared here previously with the Keith Saunders Trio, and the Scott Barnhill Quartet.

Mike Quigg began playing the drums at age 9 and hasn't looked back since. He grew up in Tracy, CA where he honed his craft while studying with a private instructor for 7 years and within that time, grew to be a well known and highly sought after drummer in his home town along with the surrounding bay area at a young age.

He has played with renowned artists such as Eric Marienthal, Gilbert Castellanos, Claudia Villela, Kai Eckhardt, Ernie Watts, David Binney, and Laurence Hobgood.

He went on to get his Bachelors in Music from the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA.

He has performed at Chez Hanny with the Jacam Manricks Quartet, Jacam Manricks/Giulio Cetto/Mike Quigg/Justin Rock, MQW Trio with Michael Zilber, and Greg Abate.