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Mike Longo’s NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble Plays “He’s Gone but Not Forgotten.”

Recorded 10/13/15 at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the NYC Baha’i Center. Annual Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Celebration with Mike Longo’s 17 piece New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble featuring Ira Hawkins on vocals with special guests Annie Ross and Jon Faddis. Mike’s original composition and arrangement dedicated to the late Dizzy Gillespie […]

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Mike Longo and the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble featuring Ira Hawkins with Dizzy Gillespie’s “I Waited For You.”

Ira Hawkins sings his own arrangement of the Dizzy Gillespie composition “I Waited For You” recorded 10/13/15 at the annual Dizzy Gillespie birthday celebration held at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the NYC Baha’i Center. He is accompanied by the Mike Longo 17 piece NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble. Saxes: Frank Perowsky, […]

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“Travel On” Composed and arranged by Mike Longo for James Moody on the CD “Heritage Hum.”

James Moody-Tenor, Mike Longo-Piano, Sam Jones-Bass and Freddie Waits-Drums.

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Mike Longo plays his arrangement of “Con Alma” with the NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble featuring Jon Faddis

Mike Longo’s arrangement of Con Alma with the NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble featuring Joh Faddis. Recorded 10/13/15 at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the NYC Baha’i Center for the annual Dizzy Gillespie Birthday Celebration. Saxes: Frank Perowsky, Lee Greene, Cleave Guyton., Lance Bryandt, Matt Snyder Trombones: Clarence Banks, Sam Burtis, Nick […]

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Preface to the course: Voicing and Voice Leading for the Contemporary Jazz Pianist by Mike Longo

 (Although this is a course for jazz pianists, it is also applicable for horn players and other instrumentalists who need a working understanding of keyboard harmony as a reference point for application to your own instrument when improvising.  It is extremely helpful to arrangers and composers as well.)

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Pass It-1970-The Awakening…James Moody, Virgil Jones, Curtis Fuller, Ron Carter,Mickey Roker, Al Gafa, Dizzy Gillespie

Mike Longo-Composer/Arranger, Leader

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Mike Longo Talks About Transcribing And Playing Licks

Food For Thought     As many of you probably know, there has been a raging discussion going on Face book about the group of young musicians who put out a recording of a note for note version of the Miles Davis classic Kind of Blue. As a result, a few comments were made about […]

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

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Time Feel for Jazz Ed

Often times, when I have done master classes at various jazz departments, I am confronted with questions about something referred to as “a triplet feel.”  This is how some educators and students alike perceive the jazz  time conception.  They are correct in assuming that the pulsating unit is a three note entity, or in other […]

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Should You Practice Jazz With A Metronome?

Should You Practice Jazz With A Metronome? In MHO, absolutely not!  Why?  Because a metronome clicking is not a pulse.  What is a pulse anyway?  The sound of your heart beating.  It produces a throbbing, pumping kind of feeling as opposed to the monotonous, soulless clicking of a metronome.  All of the great jazz musicians […]

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