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Mike LeDonne

Born: October 26, 1956    Primary Instrument: Piano

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

Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring, Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke (High Note, 2012)
Gary Smulyan, Smul's Paradise (Capri, 2012)
Mike LeDonne, Keep the Faith (Savant, 2011)
Mike LeDonne, The Groover (Savant, 2010)
Benny Golson, New Time, New 'Tet (Concord, 2009)
Wycliffe Gordon, Boss Bones (Criss Cross, 2008)
Chris Flory, For You (Arbors, 2008)
Mike LeDonne, FiveLive (Savant, 2008)
Mike LeDonne, On Fire (Savant, 2006)
Mike LeDonne, Night Song (Savant, 2006)
Eric Alexander, Gentle Ballads (Venus, 2005)
Joe Locke, Rev-elation (Sharp Nine, 2005)
Benny Golson, Terminal 1 (Concord, 2004)
Mike LeDonne, Smokin' Out Loud (High Note, 2004)
Gary Smulyan, The Real Deal (Reservior, 2003)
Mike LeDonne, Then and Now (Double Time Jazz, 2000)
Mike LeDonne, To Each His Own (Double Time Jazz, 1998)
Benny Golson, Remembering Clifford (Milestone, 1998)
Milt Jackson, Sa Va Bella (For Lady Legends) (Warner Bros., 1997)
Mike LeDonne, Waltz for an Urbanite (Criss Cross, 1996)
Mike LeDonne, Soulmates (Criss Cross, 1993)
Mike LeDonne, Common Ground (Criss Cross, 1990)
Mike LeDonne, The Feeling of Jazz (Criss Cross, 1990)
Mike LeDonne, 'Bout Time (Criss Cross, 1988)

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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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