Bebop musician to headline concert series

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By The Staff


The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents “The Prince of Bebop,” Greg Abate. The show starts at 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond.

Bebop became famous in the 1940s into the 1950’s coming from the scat singing of folks like Dizzy Gillespie. He would sing nonsensical lyrics, such a lyric as “bebop.” There were songs like Lionel Hampton’s “Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop” and the 1950s Gene Vincent classic “Be-Bop-A-Lula.” Ella Fitzgerald sang a lot of scat, but her biggest hit was “A Tisket-A-Tasket, I Lost My Yellow Basket.” It was a faster music than the swing music of the 1930s and focused on improvisation. The bands were mostly small combos.

The genre is also noted for songwriters. Abate’s a composer and arranger, a must for a top bebop musician. At the show today, he’ll play a lot of own songs, as well as some jazz standards like “Birdland,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Take The ‘A’ Train” and “Body and Soul.” The songs typically start and end on a theme with a rhythm section holding it all together.

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