Feb 7, 2014


Mount Saint Charles Academy Hosts a Grammy Nominated Jazz Musician During MSC’s 90th Anniversary Celebration

Category: News Room
Posted by: Craig

Mount Saint Charles Academy Hosts a Grammy Nominated Jazz Musician During MSC’s 90th Anniversary Celebration


WOONSOCKET – The 2013 – 2014 school year marks Mount Saint Charles Academy’s 90th anniversary of ministry. In celebration of this year-long event, Mount welcomes Greg Abate in concert for “An Evening with Greg Abate & Friends” on Thursday, February 27th at 7:00pm in Mount’s gymnasium.  Abate ‘s concert marks the second performance of the Academy’s  first ever Performing Arts Series, established to not only celebrate Mount’s 90th anniversary, but to promote the arts in northern Rhode Island. This series features prominent artists who perform and collaborate with  MSC students as well as local school and community performers throughout the school year to provide audiences, students, and guests with a memorable experience of music, drama, dance, and visual arts.


Greg Abate is known throughout the jazz world as a seminal figure among bebop-style saxophonists, recording artists, and composers. Grammy-nominated, Abate has played with the Ray Charles Orchestra, the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra, and innumerable jazz greats. He has also played at jazz festivals, jazz societies, and jazz clubs throughout the US, Canada and abroad (including most of Europe, the UK, and Moscow and Georgia, Russia).  In addition,  Abate is  an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and a very active jazz clinician with co-sponsorship from the Conn-Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes throughout the US and abroad.  


Marc Blanchette, Mount’s Music Director, said, “He has been labeled as an ‘absolute powerhouse’ and a prime example of the ‘rear back and blow’ school of contemporary bop-based players. His playing style has been described as ‘a distillation of swing's easygoing vibe and bop's more animated groove.’ Everybody loves when Greg Abate comes to our school. The kids think it’s a real treat to be able to solo with a master.”

The concert will include a performance by Abate with Mount’s jazz bands; the Greg Abate Quartet; and a collaboration between the Greg Abate Quartet and four Mount students performing “All Blues” by Miles Davis. Abate will joined by Ben Cook, piano; Todd Baker, bass; and Gary Johnson, drums. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the school’s Main Office or by calling 769-0310.


The first concert of the Performing Arts Series was a sold out performance by distinguished liturgical composer, Dan Schutte. The final artist of this year’s Performing Arts Series is internationally known Italian tenor Carmine Orsini on May 8th at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket. Please visit for more information.