Mike Longo an American Jazz Pianist

Mike Longo on piano and Paul West on bass,

the DYNAMIC DUO, return to the Knickerbocker Cafe, located on 9th Street and University Place, on Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25. Please join them for a great evening of top drawer Cuisine and Jazz. Music starts at 9:00 pm.

First Set NO COVER CHARGE;   $3.50 cover charge begins at 10:00 pm.

WHO IS MIKE LONGO ?

Mike Longo has performed with a list of JAZZ  legends that include saxophone great Cannonball Adderley, Henry Red Allen, Coleman Hawkins, George Wettling, Gene Krupa, Nancy Wilson, Gloria Lynn, Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Williams, Jimmy Rushing, James Moody and many, many  others.

It was in the mid-60s when Longo’s Trio was playing at the Embers West, that trumpeter Roy Eldridge told Dizzy Gillespie about this new pianist he had heard.

Dizzy came to hear him play and soon asked him to become his pianist. This started a life-long musical relationship and friendship. From 1966 through 1975, Longo worked exclusively as Dizzy’s  pianist and musical director.

Mike left the Gillespie group officially in 1975 to venture out on his own, but continued to work for Gillespie on a part-time basis until his death in 1993.

Since that time,  Mike has recorded numerous albums and CDs on various labels with some 45 recordings with artists such as Gillespie, James Moody, etc.

At present,  he has over 20 solo albums to his credit. He is sought after as a music instructor and is in demand for Jazz clinics and concerts at universities and music schools throughout the world, and has appeared at the Lincoln Center’s New Jazz Room “Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.”

Mr. LONGO  is founder and President of Consolidated Artists Productions (CAP), an independent recording label, dedicated to allowing artists to pursue the types of projects that are in line with their career objectives.

All of the artists represented by CAP (over 70) are extraordinarily talented, both as composers and performers. Longo’s latest venture, Jazz Tuesdays, is dedicated to allowing artists to retain creative control of their work and providing students and the general public with an opportunity to hear “world class Jazz at affordable prices.”

Mike Longo is a Steinway artist.

My comment about pianist MiKE LONGO

The first time I read his name and listened to him playing was through an album led by flutist ANDREA BRACHEFELD a few years ago,  while I was still living and working on the radio in Havana,  CUBA.

Since 2007, I became familiar with Mike Longo’s music history, his music career and the label that he presides CAP = CONSOLIDATED ARTISTS PRODUCTIONS.

In my home Collection,  I have more than 20 of these Artists albums, from CAP catalogue, who are also regularly in my radio shows.

Yesterday,  in my radio show @ WWPV 92.5 FM  “The Mike”, our music selection received 101 Hits, and among the Artists was Mike Longo’s Trio with bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Lewis Nash in POINCIANA, CD “Step On it”.

Today, the postman brought me a new production “ONLY TIME WILL TELL” featuring LONGO w NASH and another great bassist PAUL WEST,  who played with MIKE in his days as pianist and musical director with DIZZY’s Groups.

I know more about LEWIS NASH than about PAUL WEST,  so I’ll hurry up now to do my homework about his life as a well-travelled JAZZ BASSIST.

ONLY TIME WILL TELL has 13 tracks, reworked with LONGO’s own fresh way, classic Bebop composers as Gillespie, Pettiford and Monk, receive mew breath,  and his own new compositions help to enlarge the Jazz repertoire, one of which is the haunting title  tune.

From the spirited LATIN treatment of the opener TOMORROW, to the last soulful track of EUBIE’s BLAKE “MEMORIES OF YOU”,   this is an album to be savored and enjoyed often,  like good Scotch. Here’s to all the  JAZZ fans, JAZZ lovers, critics, broadcasters, JAZZ Festival programmers, our blog navigators and newcomers.

It’s my hope that I have brought you another good musical experience capable of inspiring  feelings of joy and happiness to your lives.

Next week in my radio show,  another good track with the imprint of THE MIKE LONGO TRIO, probably the opening track TOMORROW that I’m listening to it again.

http://www.mikelongojazz.com

Toni Basanta

DJ Host of The Cuban Bridge on the radio and on television

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