Chicago Jazz Festival week, August 25-August 31

The 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is going to be great one this year.  (Click here for the full lineup.)  This year’s festival includes some events celebrating the 100th year of Sun Ra, including a Sun Ra panel at Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University at 5:30pm, Thursday August 28, and the Arkestra closing out the festival on August 31.

I’ll be performing at the following events:

1. Wednesday, August 27 at Constellation, 3111 N. Western, reunited with the New Apartment Lounge Trio, Michael Raynor, and Matt Ferguson. 6pm start.

2. Thursday, August 28 for WDCB’s Jazz at the Bistro at Marion Street Cheese Market, 100 S. Marion St. in Oak Park, with special guest guitarist from São Paulo, Caio Afiune. 7pm-10pm.

3. Friday, August 29, with George Freeman, Mike Schlick, and Pete Benson at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for the Chicago Jazz Festival, 5pm.

4. Sunday, August 31, with Joel Adams’s Yestet at the Von Freeman Pavilion, 3:30pm.


The Yestet, live at Constellation, Friday July 11, 9:30pm


I will be performing with Joel Adams’s Yestet this Friday, July 11 at Constellation, 3111 N. Western.  Awesome band and great music by Joel. 9:30pm start.


John Wojciechowski – alto
Chris Madsen – tenor
Geof Bradfield – tenor
Marques Carroll – trumpet
Justin Copeland – trumpet
Tom Garling – trombone
Joel Adams – trombone
Mike Allemana – guitar
Stu Mindeman – piano
Clark Sommers – bass
Xavier Breaker – drums
Rob Dz – spoken word
Cherise Thomas – vocals

What, it’s been 3 months…..?

How’d that happen? Oh, yeah, I’m in grad school.

Winter quarter is over at University of Chicago and I’m taking a break.  But don’t miss what George and I got coming up:

Live at the Green Mill, April 11 and 12

The George Freeman/Mike Allemana 4tet with special guest Bernard “Pretty” Purdie.

This is going to be…no words.

Hip Licks for Guitar, just in time for the holidays

Greg Fishman has just released Volume 1 from his Hip Licks series for the guitar, and yours truly played the guitar part.  It’s tabbed and has a slick forward, too. Pick one up for your favorite guitarist for the holidays.  Email me (mike at the website) or go to Greg Fishman’s site.  The book comes with four CDs and 168 great licks.  Only $24.95 holiday sale price.