Tammy McCann this week, October 8-11, at the Jazz Showcase!!

Playin’ with jazz vocalist Tammy McCann and a great quartet this week.  Come on out.  All shows 8pm and 10pm, with Tammy and the CJO doing a matinee on Sunday, October 11 at 4pm.  Howard Reich wrote a nice review for the Chicago Tribune.

Tammy McCann–voice

Mike Allemana–guitar

Jeremy Kahn–piano

Marlene Rosenberg–bass

Cliff Wallace–drums




Hyde Park Jazz Festival this Saturday, 5pm at the Robie House

This Saturday, September 26th, I am so honored to be performing at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival with my long time musical partner, bassist Matt Ferguson.  He and I will be performing duo sets at the Robie House, 5757 S Woodlawn Ave, at 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm, all short 30 minute sets.  More info:




Jazz Showcase with Chico and George Freeman next week!!

After a great set at the jazz fest, I’ll be performing with saxophonist Chico Freeman, son of my late boss Von Freeman, and my partner-in-crime, guitarist George Freeman at the Jazz Showcase, September 17-20, sets 8pm and 10pm.  Don’t miss Chico’s welcome home week.  It’s a great band:

Chico Freeman–sax

George Freeman–guitar

Mike Allemana–guitar

Reto Weber–percussion, hang

Kirk Weber–piano

Harrison Bankhead–bass

Ernie Adams–drums



George Freeman’s 88th birthday with Bernard Purdie!!

George and I will be back at it again this year to celebrate his birthday with drumming legend Bernard Purdie.  Don’t miss it.

Bernard is on the cover of Modern Drummer this month!!

George Freeman Quartet with Bernard Purdie live at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway

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Friday April 10, 9pm-1am

Saturday April 11, 8pm-12am

George Freeman–guitar

Bernard Purdie–drums

Mike Allemana–guitar

Pete Benson–organ



Thursdays with Tammy McCann starting January 8 at Drew’s Drawing Room!!

A new steady begins next week with one of Chicago’s great jazz singers, Tammy McCann, at Drew’s Drawing Room (formerly Jack’s on Halsted) at 3201 N. Halsted from 8pm-11:00pm.  I am really excited to be working with Tammy.  She hung out a lot with Von Freeman and was close with one of my mentors, pianist/organist Jon Logan, who was Von’s pianist at the New Apartment Lounge for many years. (Check out her new CD with pianist Laurence Hobgood.) We’ll be swinging on Thursdays in January and February, so come on out!!

Hawthorne Fundraiser with the Thornes, November 20th at Schuba’s.

One of the coolest things about Gabriela’s school, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, is how the parents really care about the school and their kids’ education.  One way the parents come together is with the Thornes, a band of Hawthorne dads.  I’ll be performing at Schuba’s on Thursday November 20th with the Thornes. We’ll be doing some rock and blues hits and a couple jazz tunes.

Come on out–it’s only $15 and all the proceeds go to Hawthorne. 7:30pm start

The Thornes

Jeff Moster Guitar and vocals
Bob Barnett Keyboard
Steve Schneck Horns
Louie Kritikos Guitar
Craig Sieben Harp
Tory Lopez Bass
Peter Birnbaum Drums

Special guest singers:
James Earl Jones II
Becca Walls
Scott Kemper



October 3rd, 2014: Happy 91st, Von Freeman.

Today is Von Freeman’s 91st birthday.  Missing him more than ever.  Lately I’ve been missing his rock solid advice; whenever I felt lost he always got me back on the path.  With all the interesting courses and the dynamic academic scene at University of Chicago, I’ve been feeling a touch lost; his wisdom would be perfect right now.

Here is one of my favorite solos from my years at the Apartment Lounge:

Here’s a photo of us recording “The Improvisor”:


Come Sunday to tour Colombia!!!

Sue, Bill, Lindsay, Alton, Al, Lenny and I could not be more excited: from September 10 to September 24 we will be on tour in Colombia, visiting Cartagena, Baranquilla, the islands of San Andres and Providencia, Bogotá, and Bacaramanga.  We have put together some new material that will be performed at universities, colombos (American schools), and festivals.  Come Sunday would like to thank the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Old Town School of Folk Music for their generous support.

See the tour schedule for more details…..


Highlights from the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

The 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival was a big success. George and I had a blast performing, the Yestet killed it, and the other bands were smokin’.  Howard Reich had some nice things to say about some of the groups and about George and I.

Here are some highlights:

1. The set with George Freeman 4tet

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2.  Bobby Broom showing us how it’s done.


3.  Hanging out with one of my favorite guitarists


4.  Gabriela met Cecile McLorin Salvant.  Cecile is now Gabi’s favorite vocalist. Gabi was completely blown away by Cecile and was even more moved to meet her.


5.  Gabriela and Esme Bradfield dancing to “Space is the Place.”