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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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Albums

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 Artist 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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Sting Like A Bee
Sting Like A Bee
Consolidated Artists Productions
2009
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Videos

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