Carlos started his professional career with Jason Linder and his Big Band(some of the sidemen at the time were Mark Turner, Avi Leibo, Omar Avital, Fabio Morgeira and Danny Friedman), then on to Ben Dixon’s Sextet and Charlie Persips’ Big Band. By 2005 he was playing with Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band (where his section mates were Sean Jones, Freddie Hendrix and Antoine Drye). In 2009 Carlos had the opportunity to play in Odean Pope’s ensemble “Odean’s List”. Being in that ensemble enabled Carlos to travel much of Europe. February 2012 Abadie met and became friends with bassist and historian Andy Gonzalez. Through this recent association with Andy Gonzalez, Abadie has had the opportunity to get in touch with some of his Latin American roots. Because of Mr. Gonzalez Carlos has had the opportunity to play with Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevayorquino(of which he is the newest member) and Conjunto Libre(formerly lead by the great Manny Oquendo). Playing with these groups has given Carlos the opportunity to work with many of the greats in Afro-Cuban and Puerto-Rican music (such as Nicky Marrero, Jimmy Delgado, Jerry Gonzalez, Steve Berrios, Charlie Santiago, Pedrito Martinez, Oscar Hernandez, Nelson Gonzalez and many more). Abadie, who did NOT grow up speaking Spanish, is a part of a generation of players who happen to be Jazz musicians of Latin American descent as opposed to being a Latin Jazz musician. So he welcomes the chance to learn more about the different Latin American cultures and the Latin American experience.
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