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The NY State of the Art Jazz Ensemble plays Mike Longo’s “Darkness Into Light” form their 7/19/16 concert at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the NYC Baha’i Center.

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Remembering Dizzy….

  It was October of 1969.  The Mets were playing in the world series and the Dizzy Gillespie quintet was playing  a tour of Japan.  The quintet at that time consisted of James Moody on saxophone and flute, Jimmie Merritt on bass, Candy Finch on drums, Mike Longo on piano and of course Dizzy.

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Oscar Peterson on Jazz Piano

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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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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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Harmonic Rhythm-Jazz Lesson of the Day

Harmonic Rhythm Back in the 80s, James Moody asked me to write some charts for his album called “Sweet and Lovely.”  During the session I got a call from him exclaiming how well the changes I gave him for his solo worked.  Later he asked me how I came up with them and I explained […]

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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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Mike Longo Answering Comments About Metronome Article

This is a post I made on Hal Galper’s Face Book Page.  Hal shared my metronome article to his followers and stated that he agreed with everything I said.  This provoked a lot of responses on his site. Many of them were positive and in support of what I said.  To answer some of those […]

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More Interesting Insights into the Debate About Metronome Use In the Study of Jazz

Since I first posted my article stating my belief that one should never practice jazz with a metronome since a metronome is not a pulse, an intense controversy has sprung up on the internet over it.  Many people have attacked my position while a few, such as Hal Galper have defended it and agreed with […]

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Mike Longo Trio Live plays “Love For Sale”

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