Formed in the mid 1990′s, Fat Chops Big Band quickly became one of the UK’s most exciting big bands. With members drawn from the professional scene in the Midlands, Fat Chops gigs always deliver in terms of style, swing and power.
Performing regularly at the Tasco’s Club in Stirchley, Birmingham, Fat Chops performs music from the modern big band era with a repertoire drawn from the libraries of Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer as well as from the great British pens of Allan Ganley, Mark Nightingale and Steve Gray. Fat Chops Big Band also boasts repertoire unique to themselves by award-winning former and current band members Martin Williams and Kevin Wedrychowski.
Fat Chops performances always feature the best Jazz soloists from across the UK and in particular, the Midlands and have included Pete King, Dave O’Higgins, Tony Jacobs, Jeff Hooper, Bruce Adams, Alan Barnes, Nigel Hitchcock, Tony Fisher, Mark Nightingale, and many more.
‘Abate’s musical style can be seen as a distillation of swing’s easy-going vibe and bop’s more animated groove. He has developed a unique voice.’ – METRO San Jose.
Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1947, saxophonist/flautist Greg Abate is now based in Rhode Island where he is an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College, though he is also much in demand for jazz festivals world-wide. Having graduated from Berklee, Greg spent his early years as a professional playing lead alto with the Ray Charles Orchestra. His first CD under his own name was released on Candid in 1991 and, 13 years and a dozen albums later, his 2004 release, Evolution, garnered Grammy nominations in four categories. Now established as a festival favourite, Greg again brings his distinctive saxophone style to Birmingham.
Greg Abate appears with The Fat Chops Big Band at Moseley All Services Club at 12:30pm on Sunday 7th