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Mike LeDonne

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: October 26, 1956    

Mike LeDonne

Pianist Mike LeDonne started playing piano at the age of 5 and was raised in his parent's music store. By the age of 10 his father, a jazz guitarist, began booking him on gigs. He is now an internationally renowned pianist and organist with the unique experience of having played with a wide spectrum of jazz masters. He has won praise not only from critics but from master musicians: Oscar Peterson picked him as one of his favorite pianists of today. At age 21, Mike graduated from New England Conservatory in 1978 and moved to New York City with the Widespread Jazz Orchestra. In 1981, he left Widespread to travel to the UK with Panama Francis and the Savoy Sultans...
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Awards

Nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2012 for Best Keyboards. Winner of Downbeat Critic's Poll 2012 as Rising Star on organ.
”Hearing Mike LeDonne was a startling revelation. I was knocked out” - Milt Jackson

Mike exudes allegiance to the great masters while effortlessly exhibiting his own definitive style” - Cedar Walton

“One of the most promising and talented pianists of this era” -Oscar Peterson

  • I Love Music

    Savant Records
    2014
  • Keep the Faith

    Savant Records
    2011
  • Mike LeDonne: The Groover

    Savant Records
    2010
  • The Groover

    Savant Records
    2010
  • FiveLive

    Savant Records
    2009
  • FiveLive

    Savant Records
    2008
  • On Fire

    Savant Records
    2007
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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:
Faculty at Juilliard 2001 - 2006. Adjunct Faculty for The New School 1999 to the present. Jazz For Teens program at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center 1998 to present. Also many clinics around the world.

I'm a Steinway artist and have a Steinway L. I'm also a Hammond Artist and have a Hammond B3. I also use a Nord Electro 2.

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CD/LP/Track Review

I Love Music by Jack Bowers

Interviews

Mike LeDonne: Where There’s Smoke

CD/LP/Track Review

Keep the Faith by Jack Bowers

The Groover by Jack Bowers

Extended Analysis

Mike LeDonne: The Groover

CD/LP/Track Review

FiveLive by Jack Bowers

FiveLive by Graham L. Flanagan

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