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31 May 1947, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA. In the early 70s Abate attended Berklee College Of Music and followed this with on the road learning through two years playing lead alto saxophone with Ray Charles touring band. However, his early influences, Charlie Bird Parker, Phil Woods and Paul Desmond, were of a different order and he moved into bop, leading a quintet that featured Claudio Roditi. Nevertheless, in the early 80s he showed interesting pre-bop sensibilities in his band, Channel One, in which he teamed up with clarinettist Dick Johnson, leader of the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Throughout the 80s and 90s he has worked clubs, concerts and festivals, including, in 1998, the Toulon Jazz Festival, mostly playing in the post-bop mode. He has recorded with numerous leading jazzmen including Hilton Ruiz, Ben Riley, Kenny Barron, and Frank Tiberi. Perhaps his most significant partners are Roditi and Richie Cole, and his performances with these two...