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Mike Longo

Mike Longo is best-known as a reliable and versatile player who was the pianist with Dizzy Gillespie during 1966-1973. Longo was born in Cincinnati and began playing piano at age three thanks to his church organist mother and part-time professional jazz bass-playing father. The family moved to Florida, where Mike, at age 15, began working with his father’s band on weekends. Cannonball Adderly heard Mike and soon they were playing the Southern “chittlin’ circuit” together. Longo earned his Bachelor of Music degree in classical piano at Western Kentucky State University. During those years, he went on the road with the Hal McIntyre Orchestra one summer and also played with legendary guitarist Hank Garland in Nashville

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Archive of Contemporary Music

Read "The Archive of Contemporary Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Lower Manhattan, sits a musical gold mine. It's the motherlode of recorded music though the small, brightly colored sign above a grey steel door provides only a cryptic clue. The dusty window display of rare 78 RPM records, broken into erratic pie charts serves as a vestige of the past and a cautionary tale about ...

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, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

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 ...

Live from New York!

Label: Consolidated Artists Productions
Released: 2014
Track listing: Whisper Not; Afro Desia; Yoko Mama; Over the Rainbow; I’m Old Fashioned; Muddy Water; Inner City Hues; Wee.

Step On It

Label: Consolidated Artists Productions
Released: 2014
Track listing: Impressions; Poinciana; Step On It; Nefertiti; Ana Maria; Cantaloupe Island; Black Narcissus; Black Nile; My Ship; Blue N' Boogie; Tico Tico.

NEWS: RECORDING

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 ...


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