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Mike Allemana

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Born and raised near Chicago, in Elmhurst, IL, Mike became interested in jazz at age 12 after being introduced to George Benson by his guitar teacher at Perry’s Music in Villa Park, IL. In high school he performed the York High School Jazz Band, directed by Kurt Merrill, which inspired him to pursue jazz guitar as a career. He enrolled at Northern Illinois University, where he studied with Bobby Roberts and Fareed Haque. After earning a B.M. in Jazz Performance in 1991 Mike spent two years in Cincinnati, Ohio, spending many nights hanging with local guitar greats Cal Collins and Kenny Poole

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Everybody Say Yeah!

Label: Southport Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Peak; There Will Never Be Another You; My Scenery; It's Cha Time!; Summertime; George Burns!; Gorgeous George; Vonski; Cha Cha Blue; Manteca; Perfume; A Mother's Love; Marko; Low Funk.

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Article: Album Review

George Freeman: Everybody Say Yeah!

Read "Everybody Say Yeah!" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It took a long time (much too long) for listeners to recognize the brilliance that was Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson. The New York-centric jazz cognoscenti have often overlooked talent that comes from Chicago, and artists were often drawn to The Big Apple to seek the recognition they deserved. Beginning in the '90s, though, the focal point ...

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News: Recording

Southport Records Announces The Release Of George Freeman's 'Everybody Say Yeah!'

Southport Records Announces The Release Of George Freeman's 'Everybody Say Yeah!'

In celebration of guitar legend George Freeman’s 95th birthday on April 10, 2022, Southport Records is pleased to announce the release of Everybody Say Yeah!, a new compilation of recordings documenting 26 years of Freeman’s music from our “Real Jazz Made in Chicago" catalog. Eleven of the fourteen songs are Freeman's originals including a new recording ...

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What Tomorrow Brings

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: There Are Such Things; Enclosure; Should've Been; Memories; This Bitter Earth; Mad About The Boy; Time Around; Bridges; Try Your Wings; Light OUt Of Darkness; For All We Know; Passing Glance.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Five Women Singing

Read "Five Women Singing" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here are reviews of releases by five talented female jazz singers. They all prove that there can be a lot of variety in the simple art of singing a song. Sasha Dobson Girl Talk Self-Produced 2021 Sasha Dobson has been working as a vocalist, composer and instrumentalist ...

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Article: Record Label Profile

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

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Article: Album Review

Caroline Davis: Doors: Chicago Storylines

Read "Doors: Chicago Storylines" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Doors: Chicago Storylines is altoist Caroline Davis' unique take on oral history. Interweaving original compositions with area musicians' narratives Davis reconstructs the history of Chicago jazz in a uniquely engaging and articulate style. On “Chicago Sound?" for instance, after a discussion on the type of jazz played in various neighborhoods, Davis plays soulfully with ...

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Article: Album Review

George Freeman/Chico Freeman: All In The Family

Read "All In The Family" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


There are few things more quintessentially “Chicago" in jazz than the Freeman family. Tenor titan Von Freeman ruled the roost in The Windy City decade after decade until his death in 2012; his brother, George Freeman, played with everybody from saxophonist Charlie Parker to organist Shirley Scott; his other brother, the late Eldridge “Bruz" Freeman, was ...

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Article: Album Review

Gustavo Cortiñas: Snapshot

Read "Snapshot" reviewed by Florence Wetzel


Snapshot is a terrific release by drummer Gustavo Cortiñas, featuring a dynamic combination of musicians who are all associated with the stellar Northwestern University jazz department. The group includes the department's head, the great tenor saxman Victor Goines, who has played with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Ray Charles to Bob Dylan. There's also guitarist Mike ...


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