Greg Abate, who is listed in Downbeat Magazine’s latest critics poll as among jazz music’s top rising stars, brought his uptown jazz quintet to The Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant for a high powered night of music on Thursday.

Known for his straight-ahead jazz and bee-bop style, Abate’s performance is part of Bridgefest, linking the folk and jazz festivals, and came on the eve of the opening of the Newport Jazz Festival. It was a great way to get a jump start on a jazz-filled weekend.

The show, an official 2018 Newport Bridgefest event, was organized and produced by What’sUpNewp and The Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).