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Talent, Tenacity, Tequila & a Tale of Two Texas Teenagers

Read "Talent, Tenacity, Tequila & a Tale of Two Texas Teenagers" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Train to Nowhere “Train to Nowhere" by Dave Dupree was the aptly named single released by Challenge Records on January 15, 1958. Newly founded by Gene Autrey, “The Singing Cowboy" of Hollywood fame, the jny: Los Angeles based label was looking to land its first hit record. The single itself was on the road to “nowhere" ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Mike Longo's Consolidated Artists Productions To Release His New CD, "Only Time Will Tell," March 31

Pianist Mike Longo's Consolidated Artists Productions To Release His New CD, "Only Time Will Tell," March 31

Connoisseurs of jazz piano trios will welcome the release, on March 31, of Only Time Will Tell, the new trio recording by piano master Mike Longo with Paul West on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. The disc is Longo’s 20th for the CAP (Consolidated Artists Productions) label, and his 26th since debuting as a leader ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Andrea Brachfeld

Read "Take Five with Andrea Brachfeld" reviewed by Andrea Brachfeld

Meet Andrea Brachfeld:
Flutist Andrea Brachfeld, a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, and recent recipient of the “Best Jazz Flute" award from Hot House Magazine, began her musical career at 16 and has associated with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin, Paquito D'Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon and Wallace Roney, ...

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Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1973

Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1973

In August 1973, the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet went into Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London for a two-week stay. Gillespie was backed by Al Gafa on guitar, Mike Longo on piano, Earl May on electric bass and Mickey Roker on drums. The gig was recorded by the club, one assumes. The results have been issued on ...

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Pianist Mike Longo To Release New CD, "The Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live," Oct. 7

Pianist Mike Longo To Release New CD, "The Mike Longo Trio Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live," Oct. 7

Pianist Mike Longo had the distinct privilege of studying, for six intense months in 1961, with his idol Oscar Peterson in Toronto. Among several key principles imparted by Peterson to his pupil was the importance of “not playing like anyone but yourself,” says Longo. “He told me that people who are trying to play like Art ...

Practice, Do You? Part 1-3

Read "Practice, Do You? Part 1-3" reviewed by Dom Minasi

I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I first saw Roy Rogers sing and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Art Lillard's Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

Read "Reasons to Be Thankful" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Band makes its home about as far from heaven as one could plausibly roam--New York City, to be precise--the music it produces on Reasons to Be Thankful (recorded in 2000 and released six years later) evokes at times an empyrean vibe, thanks in part to blissful arrangements by Lillard and guitarist ...

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Mike Longo: Step On It

Read "Step On It" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you want to hear what pianist Mike Longo enjoys, and how he thinks, you listen to his big band--The New York State Of The Art Jazz Ensemble--which is featured on Live From New York! (Consolidate Artists Productions, 2013); if you just want to hear Mike Longo, you listen to this trio.

Step ...

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Pianist Mike Longo Reconvenes His Trio With Bob Cranshaw & Lewis Nash For "Step On It"

Pianist Mike Longo Reconvenes His Trio With Bob Cranshaw & Lewis Nash For "Step On It"

In his distinguished and sometimes surprising career, pianist Mike Longo has established himself as an invaluable sideman, most notably with Dizzy Gillespie, and as a versatile leader of groups ranging from his 17-piece New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble to his six-man eponymous Funk Band. Longo is also a master of the trio format, ...

NEWS: CONTEST

Enter the "Mike Longo - Live From New York" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

Enter the "Mike Longo - Live From New York" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the Consolidated Artists Productions “Mike Longo - Live From New York“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on February 10th. Click here to enter the contest (Becoming a fan of Mike Longo at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck!