Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Mike Longo's Funk Band @ Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ, April 9
MIKE LONGO FUNK BAND
April 9, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square
COST: $20 pp music charge $12 pp minimum
Mike Longo Funk Band
Daniel Walsh -tenor & soprano sax
Bryan Davis -trumpet
Sam Burtis -trombone
Mike Longo -keyboard
Christian Fabian -bass
Mike Campenni -drums
Mike Longo has performed with a list of jazz legends that include Cannonball Adderley, Henry Red Allen, Coleman Hawkins, George Wettling, Gene Krupa, Nancy Wilson, Gloria Lynn, Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Williams, Jimmy Rushing, James Moody, Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (on her "Now" album for Perception) and many others.
It was in the mid-60s when Longo’s trio was playing at the Embers West, that 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.”
Longo is founder and President of Consolidated Artists Productions (CAP), an independent recording label, that has released great albums by Russ Kasoff, Mark Sherman, Wally Dunbar, and the late Havana Carbo, among others.