Jazz Pianist Mike Longo Succumbs to COVID-19
Pianist Mike Longo is among the first in the jazz community to succumb to COVID-19. Longo died Sunday, March 23, three days after his 83rd birthday (03/19/37 – 03/22/20. He prominent as player, composer, big band leader, and writer.
Longo had two dozen albums to his credit, beginning with A Jazz Portrait of Funny Girl (1962) through the 2013 release Live from New York! on the Consolidated Records label; his last eight albums, from 1981 on, were with Consolidated.
Longo was long associated with Dizzy Gillespie, who heard him playing in the ’60s and hired him the next day. From that time on his career was inextricably linked with Gillespie’s. Longo was with him when he passed away in and delivered the eulogy. Their first recording together was Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (1967), and Longo also joined him on the riveting Portrait of Jenny (1970), among others.