Born and raised near Chicago, in Elmhurst, IL, Mike became interested in jazz at age 12 after being introduced to George Benson by his guitar teacher at Perry’s Music in Villa Park, IL. In high school he performed the York High School Jazz Band, directed by Kurt Merrill, which inspired him to pursue jazz guitar as a career. He enrolled at Northern Illinois University, where he studied with Bobby Roberts and Fareed Haque. After earning a B.M. in Jazz Performance in 1991 Mike spent two years in Cincinnati, Ohio, spending many nights hanging with local guitar greats Cal Collins and Kenny Poole. In 1994 he returned to Chicago and quickly became part of the city’s growing jazz scene.
“Allemana is a hard-driving, deep-listening guitarist with a gorgeous tone, one
of the brightest and most dedicated talents on the Chicago jazz scene.”
-Michael Jackson, Downbeat
“Mike Allemana….is an immensely gifted player with a deep harmonic bag and a
grounded sense of adventure.” Chicago Reader 2009.
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
Since 1998 jazz instructor at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.