“You can tell that truly remarkable jazz guitarist Allemana has been playing with tenor saxophone icon Von Freeman for years — he always leaves plenty of space for his reedist… If we had to describe Allemana’s style, it would be ‘hard-driving.’ “–Chicago Tribune

“Mike Allemana….is an immensely gifted player with a deep harmonic bag and a grounded sense of adventure.” Chicago Reader 2009.

“Allemana is a hard-driving, deep-listening guitarist with a gorgeous tone,   one of the brightest and most dedicated talents on the Chicago jazz scene.”
-Michael Jackson, Downbeat

“…dazzling technician…”
-Chicago Jazz Magazine

“…forges a sleek but sturdy North Side sound out of South Side tradition.”-Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times

“…an outstanding player with a bright future of his own.”
-The Chicago Reader

“(Von Freeman’s) band gets its distinctive tang from another well-kept secret, guitarist Michael Allemana, whose fleet, Kansas City blues-inflected playing and sleek chords make bebop picking sound new again.”
-Kevin Whitehead

-John Corbett, Down Beat Magazine

“…lays down the gauntlet, performing wondrous runs and nice chordal work…”

“Michael Allemana is one of those rare types like Toronto’s Ed Bickert, who churns out mainstream lines and variations in the most expected of forms yet makes it obvious that he’s toying with the piece as if he’s playing it for the first, not the thousandth time. “

“Allemana..takes obvious pleasure in drawing us into his focused, usually self-assured playing. 3 stars.”
-Down Beat Magazine review of “The Mike Allemana Organ Trio” CD, April 2001

“…hands off to Mike Allemana. His lines are swift: as fluid as Tal Farlow, he gives each note a good hard snap.”

“…one of the most discreet guitar players in town…” Jazz Institute of Chicago

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Live at the Green Mill officially released!!

August 18 has arrived! The George Freeman/Mike Allemana Organ Quartet with special guest Bernard Purdie officially release Live at the Green Mill on Ears&Eyes Records. It was a long process for George and I: recorded by David Zuchowski at the Green Mill in April 2015, going through 6 sets of music to select just the right tracks, mixing, editing, and mastering with Brian Schwab (see Howard Reich’s article); and putting the finishing touches on the release with Matthew Golombisky at Ears&Eyes Records. It was worth all the work and sacrifice for our first album with organist Pete Benson and one of American music’s legends, Bernard Purdie.

Order your copy now (both vinyl and digital download with bonus tracks. Vinyl ships in September)



George and I will be celebrating this release and George’s 90th birthday at the Chicago Jazz Festival on August 31 at 6:30pm in Millennium Park.

Celebrating George Freeman's 90th @ Green Millphoto by Harvey Tillis


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