In Chicago clubs are opening again and shows are returning. I couldn’t be more excited to be performing again. Lots of fun gigs will be happening this summer. Go to my gig schedule to find out more. Coming up, the Regulators will be performing 6pm–8pm on Sunday, June 6 at the Montrose Saloon. Our first set will be Gerald Dowd’s original country tunes and the second set the Regulators will groove you like crazy. Gabriela Allemana will be our special guest singing background vocals and being featured on some tunes. Don’t miss out first gig back! And hope to see you all at some of the other fun events happening this summer.
I am so thrilled that Alyssa Allgood asked me, Dennis Carroll, and George Fludas to collaborate on her new album What Tomorrow Brings this past summer. April 9 was the release date and you can get a copy at Cellar Live Records. It’s a remarkable album, full of deeply personal songs that Alyssa navigates with deep artistry.
Sunday, December 20, at 8pm I will be performing the compositions from Jimmy Giuffre’s 1959 Verve release The Easy Way with Geof Bradfield and Dennis Carroll. This music hard, but so deep. Please join us for a free livestream from Fulton Street Collective’s YouTube channel.
Geof Bradfield, clarinet and tenor saxophone
Dennis Carroll, bass
Mike Allemana, guitar
I am really excited to be performing the tunes off of Derek Bailey’s 2002 CD Ballads for the Jazz Record Art Collective series hosted by Chris Anderson for the Fulton Street Collective. I’ll be joined by visual artist Karol Hilker on Paints/Brushes/Canvas. Go here for the online streaming info:
I hope all of you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and staying sane under the lockdown. This has been a trying time for everyone and we musicians are trying to find ways to help with livestream performances and interviews. There are some exciting updates in my musical and academic worlds:
- On May 5, I successfully defended my dissertation, “‘Will You Still Be Mine?’: Memory, Place, Race, and Jazz on Chicago’s South Side” at the University of Chicago. I am officially a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology.
- I am excited and grateful to announce that the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has awarded me an Individual Artists Program Grant that will fund the release of Vonology later in 2020. This project is the artistic component of my dissertation, and musical exploration of the themes surrounding Von Freeman that came out of my research. More news on the release coming this summer.
- The University of Chicago’s Humanities Division has awarded me the Humanities Teaching Fellowship at the University of Chicago for the 2020-21 academic year. It’s a postdoc position where I’ll be teaching music and humanities courses the coming academic year.
- 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of my first album, the Mike Allemana Organ Trio with my longtime musical companions, Dan Trudell on organ and Mike Schlick on drums. We will be having a celebration later this year that will include 20th anniversary special editions of our two albums. Stay tuned.
Please stay healthy and safe.
The Regulators are very excited to be performing a live show at Ken Christiansen’s ProMusic as part of a recording session for our debut album. We need some folks to cheer us on as we groove in prime numbers, so please come join us.
Details: Saturday, February 22, ProMusic, 713 West Wrightwood in Chicago. 8pm
George and I are very excited to be performing with bassist Tatsu Aoki and guitarist Rami Attasi at the Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee, December 19 at 7pm. This ensemble is an experimental project that Tatsu has put together. It will be a very special concert of improvised music. I’ve been wanting to play with and have had immense respect for Tatsu for years, and so I am really looking forward to performing with him. Details are below.
The Regulators are so excited to have been invited to perform at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival (HPJF). What an incredible opportunity for us to show the world our new music. We have been having an incredible summer tour. Capping off our busy summer with the HPJF is a true honor. You can catch us at the Smart Museum, Saturday, September 28th at 2:30pm. You will be regulated and the funk will be restored!
photo by Harvey S. Tillis
The Regulators are extremely excited to be playing the Jazz Showcase on Tuesday, August 20. It’s a free show sponsored by WDCB. We will be playing all original material including some new compositions. Don’t miss this special evening.
Don’t miss the big celebration—George Freeman’s 92nd birthday at the Green Mill in Chicago, Friday April 12 at 9pm and Saturday April 13 at 8pm with Pete Benson and drumming legend Bernard Purdie.
George Freeman, guitar; Mike Allemana, guitar; Pete Benson, organ; Bernard Purdie, drums