Internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Greg Abate will kick off the new “What’sUpNewp Live” series when he brings The Greg Abate Uptown Jazz Quintet to The Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant during Bridgefest on August 2nd at 7:30 pm.

The Greg Abate Uptown Jazz Quintet will feature Greg Abate, Phil Grenadier (trumpet), Matt DeChamplain (piano), Paul Del Nero (bass), and Luther Gray (drums).

Tickets went on sale to the general public on Monday, June 18th for $20. We do expect this show to quickly sell out, but if there are tickets still available on the day of the show, they will be $25 and available at the door to purchase.

Tickets are now on sale for this event here –

If you are a What’sUpNewp Member and missed the presale/discount for this event or if you’re interested in purchasing general admission tickets and prefer to purchase tickets over the phone or by check, please contact Ryan Belmore at 401-662-1653.

A Grammy nominee, Abate was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2016. His recordings with the legendary multi-Grammy winner Phil Woods have won high praise, and Woods said of Abate: “I sleep a lot better knowing there are alto players like Greg! It was a joy to make music with him, and he writes good songs that are challenging.” Abate, a Berklee graduate, has played with the legendary Ray Charles and Artie Shaw.

This show is an OfficialBridgefest 2018 Event.  Bridgefest, scheduled for July 30th to August 2nd, celebrates folk, jazz and Newport’s musical community, Bridgefest will include concerts, films, educational programs and music-related activities in and around Newport. Now in its third year under the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. banner, Bridgefest was founded in 2009 by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County to “bridge” the days between the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals. Bridgefest is a production of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.