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Mike Longo

Mike Longo is best-known as a reliable and versatile player who was the pianist with Dizzy Gillespie during 1966-1973. Longo was born in Cincinnati and began playing piano at age three thanks to his church organist mother and part-time professional jazz bass-playing father. The family moved to Florida, where Mike, at age 15, began working with his father’s band on weekends. Cannonball Adderly heard Mike and soon they were playing the Southern “chittlin’ circuit” together. Longo earned his Bachelor of Music degree in classical piano at Western Kentucky State University.

During those years, he went on the road with the Hal McIntyre Orchestra one summer and also played with legendary guitarist Hank Garland in Nashville. Longo toured for two years with the Salt City Six. After the group played at New York’s Metropole Cafe, the band left, but Mike stayed on as the house pianist playing with such jazz notables as Coleman Hawkins, Henry Red Allen, George Wettling, Gene Krupa and many others.

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Discography

Only Time Will Tell

Only Time Will Tell

Consolidated Artists Productions
2017

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Live from New York!

Live from New York!

Consolidated Artists Productions
2014

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Step On It

Step On It

Consolidated Artists Productions
2014

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Live from New York!

Live from New York!

Consolidated Artists Productions
2013

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To My Surprise

To My Surprise

Consolidated Artists Productions
2011

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Sting Like a Bee

Sting Like a Bee

Consolidated Artists Productions
2010

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