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Saxophonist Greg Abate, one of the most prolific and well-regarded jazz musicians to hail from the state, is being inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

WOONSOCKET — Growing up in Woonsocket and taking up the saxophone at age 14, young Greg Abate had no idea where his new instrument would take him.

“My life’s improvisation, but I play jazz,” he said last weekend on the phone from Taos, N.M., where he was attending a conference of the Be-Bop Association and performing on a brief tour of the Southwest.

That improvisation has taken him on a journey through clubs, studios, teaching, and an estimated 225 nights on the road each year. Tonight, however, the road includes a stop back home for his induction into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

Abate will be honored at Chan’s as part of the three-member jazz wing of the Hall’s Class of 2016, along with longtime jazz vocalist Carol Sloane and bandleader Frankie Carle (posthumous). Abate will perform with an ensemble including 2015 Hall inductees Marty Ballou on bass and Marty Richards on drums, with Tim Ray on piano, and Sloane will join the group for several numbers.

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