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Pat Longo


b. 11 September 1929, Passaic, New Jersey, USA. Adept on several reed instruments, Longo concentrated on alto saxophone and clarinet. During military service he played in the band of the 2nd Marine Airwing and following his discharge studied music full-time. Although intent on a career in music, throughout the 60s and into the early 70s Longo found it necessary to support himself by working in a bank. However, in 1974 and resident in Los Angeles, he decided the time was right to give up banking and just play music. He joined the Harry James band but had ambitions to lead his own big band. In 1979, he achieved his goal and formed a big band which quickly gained regular bookings in and around LA


Article: Year in Review

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov

As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone, Keith Tippett, Henry Grimes, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wallace Roney and many others including NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Candido Camero, ...


News: Obituary

Jazz musicians silenced by coronavirus (updated)

Jazz musicians silenced by coronavirus (updated)

Here's a listing of jazz-related deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), updated as we receive them. Our profound sympathies to their families, friends and fans as we remember the musical legacies they have given us. Argentina-born jazz saxophonist Marcelo Peralta, died in Madrid on March 10. He was 59. Peralta moved to Spain in 1996. Congolese ...


The Hit List

Label: Longann Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Bandstand Boogie; Jumpy Blues; Jump Jive and Wail; Longo


Extreme Heat

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2005
Track listing: Manteca; Artistry in Rhythm; In a Samba Mode; Rhapsody in Blue; Summer Time Down South; Calvero; Black Orpheus; Samba De Beach; Rise; With All The Bells & Whistles; Lullaby of Big Foot (53:28).


Article: Album Review

Pat Longo and His Hollywood Jazz Band: Extreme Heat

Read "Extreme Heat" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Salsa it's not, but Pat Longo and his Hollywood Jazz Band deliver a Latin-flavored hot big band sound with shades of Kenton on Extreme Heat. It blends great writing and arrangements with a fiery performance from a star-filled ensemble to produce a unique Latin jazz experience. To the discerning jazz fan and aficionado, a glance at ...


Article: Album Review

The Pat Longo Big Band: The Hit List

Read "The Hit  List" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Okay, Pat, granted you have a splendid band, and there's an abundance of good-natured camaraderie and energy on The Hit List--but a playing time of less than 35 minutes is clearly unacceptable for a compact disc, which will accommodate up to eighty. Truth be told, this enterprise--with no liner notes or recording dates, no list of ...


Article: Album Review

Pat Longo and His Latin/Jazz Big Band: Extreme Heat

Read "Extreme Heat" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There's no messin' around in this hothouse. Pat Longo's star-laden Latin/Jazz Big Band cuts straight to the chase on Buddy Childers' torrid arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie/Chano Pozo's “Manteca" and keeps the fire-god Vulcan smiling throughout the remainder of this impressive scrapbook of rhythmically volatile jazz from south (well, mostly north) of the border. In fact, Luiz ...


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