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
After Dark, a Von Freeman tribute sextet, has returned to Andy’s Jazz Club every Tuesday at 9:30pm and 11:00pm for 2019. This band performs the music that most influenced Von Freeman as a youth. We do songs that formed his musical thinking according to what he told me and others and to what George Freeman tells me in our interviews. We explore compositions by Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Charlie Parker, but with our own take. Geof Bradfield, Scott Burns, and I have all contributed arrangements for three saxophones and rhythms section. Of course, we always open each night playing one fo Von’s composition on the blues, “After Dark,” which he recorded with Andrew Hill in 1956 on the Ping label.
After Dark, at Andy’s, 11 E. Hubbard, Tuesdays at 9:30pm and 11:00pm, is:
saxes: Geof Bradfield, Scott Burns, and Rajiv Halim
Rhythm section: Dana Hall, Dennis Carroll, Mike Allemana