Abate grew up in Woonsocket (Rhode Iceland ); in high school he learned the clarinet. He then studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and then lived for several years in California before he returned in 1972 after Berklee to finish his education. He then worked in the bands of Ray Charles ( 1973/74 as the successor to David Fathead Newman), in 1978 with his own band Channel One and from 1985 to 1987, Artie Shaw Orchestra under the direction of Dick Johnson; He also participated in recordings by Herb Pomeroy, and Claudio Roditi. He lives in Rhode Iceland and occurs predominantly on the east coast of the U.S. but also in Europe. Under his own name he laid since the early 1990s, a number of albums on the labels Seaside, Candid and Blue Chip Jazz. Abate playing in the bebop and hard bop tradition, is one of Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond and Phil Woods his main influences.