Mike Longo Trio plays “Good Bait” at Sandoval’s in Miami, Beach-2007

5 Star Review of “To My Surprise” from UK


A Piclure 0f Dorion Mode; Still Wofer; New Muse Blues; Limbo;
Alone Agoin; I Hadn’f Anyone ‘Til You; OId Devil Moon; Mogic Bloze; To My Surprise; You’ve Chonged; Eye 0f The Hurricone; ln The Wee Smoll Hours (64 09)

Jimmy Owens (t); Lonce Bryont (ts); Mike Longo (p); Bob Cronshow (b); Lewis Nosh (d). Englewood. New Jersey, 1 Augusl, 201 t.

CAP 1030 *****

Pianist Mike Longo offers this quintet and trio menu with a life- time of musical experience, including a quarter of a century of feeding chords for maestro Dizzy Gillespie, under his belt. Read More…

Dizzy Gillepsie big band plays Mike Longo’s “Ding A Ling”

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Review From Improvisation Nation

jLongo_Cover-9[1]Mike Longo – STEP ON IT:  This is definitely the kind of jazz that will “get your motor running” & make you keep your “pedal to the metal”, Read More…

“Lime House Blues” Mike Longo & The NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble

Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in France-1970 w/Mike Longo, Red Mitchell, George Davis, David Lee

Mike Longo Album “Float Like a Butterfly” from 2007 Still Receiving Air Play! Over 7000 Spins to date!

JULY 2007 Mike Longo Trio..Float Like A Butterfly – Cap1006 2007 Mike Longo, piano Jimmy Wormworth, drums Paul West, bass It seems like ages since I’ve gotten a true jazz recording. Read More…

Jazz Culture Magazine Review of Mike Longo CD “Step On It”


This cd is like a journey in itself, embracing the elements of a spiritual life.  It starts with the famous John Coltrane song, “Impressions,” which is interpreted through the lens of and with the deep faith of a true believer. Read More…

Mike Longo Trio – Circa 1962

My first trio in New York appearing at Basin St. East.  Jimmy Young-Drums,  Jay Leonhart-Bass.1378803_10202297941302154_5421522457646851444_n

Important Tip on Improvising Over Changes

Important Tip on Improvising Over Changes

One of the problems musicians have when trying to learn how to solo over changes lies in the misconception regarding chords.  Chords and harmony are two separate issues. Harmony can best best described as Motion. The motion of the tones of one voicing moving into the tones of another in a melodic fashion.  Chords may best be described as arrested motion. The really great improvisers when playing vertically were not deriving their lines from chords as in the following fashion.

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