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Mike Longo Interview with Schaen Fox-Jersey Jazz Journal

IMG_4503_mTalking Jazz

A Jersey Jazz Interview with Mike Longo

By Schaen Fox

Intro

JJ: Would you tell us about your new CD.

 

ML: It is called A Celebration of Diz and Miles and was recorded live at the Baha i Center in New York on June 26, 2012. It features Ray Mosca and Paul West. We hadn’t planned to make a CD, but Bob Magnuson recorded it and it came out good enough to release.

JJ: I read that it was all improvised. Was it all done in one night?

ML: Yeah. We played two sets and I just showed up with a list of tunes. We had no rehearsal or anything. We just hit it. We’d count four and start blowing.

JJ: That is great. Any chance there will be a volume two?

ML: Actually we had enough left over however once I do a record I’m already thinking of the next thing I want to record. I’ve been working on some new stuff now with a different approach.

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Mike Longo Jazz Pedagogue

Mike Longo Big Band featuring Bryan Davis-”Lover Come Back To Me” Arr: Dizzy Gillespie

Mike Longo Big Band featuring Bryan Davis-”Lover Come Back To Me” Arr: Dizzy Gillespie

Mike Longo Trio-Summer Time

Mike Longo Trio-Summer Time

Mike Longo Big Band-”Bones”

Mike Longo Big Band-”Bones”

The Rhythmic Nature of Jazz Vol. II

The Rhythmic Nature of Jazz Vol. II

This is an excerpt from Mike’s Instructional DVD – The Rhythmic Nature of Jazz Vol. II – available at www.Jazzbeat.com.

 

Mike Longo – Ocean of His Might (1975)

Mike Longo – Ocean of His Might (1975)

This video takes a track from Mike Longo’s 197 album with bassist Ron Carter and saxophonist Joe Farrell.

Mike Longo Talks About Oscar Peterson

Untitled-10It is quiet amusing to me to view clips on Youtube of pianists playing like Oscar Peterson to the extent that some of them are playing his recordings note for note as they innocently give off an attitude of extreme accomplishment.  In reality, Oscar would probably slap them upside the head for doing that.  He was a stickler for pianists to play like themselves and not copy other players. Read More…

Mike Longo Talks About Dizzy Gillespie

Untitled-12dizzy-gillespie-bahiana copyThe year was 1980.  I had just released a solo piano album called “Solo Recital.”  It was a common practice for me to visit Diz at his home in New Jersey where we would practice together or just hang out.  Dizzy had this space down in the basement of his home in Englewood where he had a piano, a set of drums, a pool table and some furniture.  It was here that we would hang and spend time together.  On this particular evening i had brought my new album over and we were listening to it and playing chess.  I would always learn something whenever he would critique my work so that was the main reason I brought the recording along.
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